In the beginning, the practice of meditation introduces us to spaciousness. The knee-jerk reaction of ego is to doubt the space by trying to fill it up or control what appears in it. The continuing practice of meditation is training in trusting the space. This is awareness.
Sokuzan uses a line in the Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi, “A hair’s breadth deviation will fail to accord with the proper attunement”, as a way to talk about the nature of mind.
Sokuzan gives meditation instruction and answers questions about practice for the Traverse City Mindfulness Meditation Group, hosted at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation church.
In this Dharma talk Sokuzan contrasts the fundamental ignorance of not seeing no separation with the type of ignoring that is the elaboration added on to what appears to cover up the basic situation.
In his afternoon talk at the All-Day retreat at SokukoJi-Traverse City, Sokuzan responds to additional questions from the sangha in working with negativity.