Sunday, May 7, 2017 – “Labels” – by Sokuzan

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When you put a label on something, call it depression or anxiety, for example, you may be covering up the very thing you need to look at. Sokuzan says you don’t have to stop the labeling. Then how do you see what it is covering up? Here Sokuzan answers questions about how to work with body and mind during the practice of meditation.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – “ASAP: The Alternating Sense Awareness Practice” – by Sokuzan

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Alternating sense awareness practice (ASAP) is taking the six sense fields: the sense of seeing, hearing, smelling tasting, feeling, and thinking and alternating awareness between them. Sokuzan gives various examples in this talk.
If you practice ASAP a little on the cushion, you could take it into your everyday situation. And when you get into a struggle and want to blame or if there is a knot of pain, you could go into that a little then go into another sense, back and forth. The present moment awareness of the first five sense consciousnesses tends to bring the thinking mind into the present. It is a way of not fueling the warfare and not running away either.