Rohatsu Sesshin 2016

Rohatsu 2016 participants
SokukoJi Buddhist Temple participants in the 2016 Rohatsu Sesshin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 – “Things Are As They Should Be” – by Sokuzan

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On the day after the 2016 US presidential election of Donald Trump, Sokuzan was inspired to give this Dharma talk. He teaches:

“The very nature of things that arise is that they are hooked into everything else. There are not seperate things occurring. It is not something to believe or disbelieve. Meditate. See for yourself if it can be anything other than what it is. In any Buddhist tradition that is a true spiritual path it is called Buddha Dharma, or “Awakened Truth” without the credential of proof….If you have warfare inside you will take it out into the world to justify your position or fuel your despair and shut down. Train your mind, make friends with yourself on a very deep level, so what you need to do comes choicelessly out of your awareness instead of the thinking process.”

Sunday, October 16, 2016 – “Non-otherness” – by Sokuzan

 

Saturday, October 15, 2016 – “How To Meditate” – by Sokuzan

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At this all-day meditation retreat at SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City, Sokuzan talks about shikantaza–the Japanese word for “just precisely this”–and beginning a meditation practice.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 – “It Does Not Come Nor Go Nor Rise Nor Fall. . .” – by Sokuzan

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