This talk arose with the news of the mass shootings in Orlando, Florida on June 12, 2016.
When doubts arise on the path, keep sitting! Functioning in the middle of doubt can help you see the truth of what it is that doubts.
When faced with a decision, or if you think there is a fork in the road, the most powerful and intelligent statement you can make is “I don’t know”. Don’t do anything unless you have to. There is never really any fork in the road.
Don’t miss your life by adding to, subtracting from or dividing up what arises.
There are 16 precepts observed in Soto Zen Buddhism. The first three are called The Three Treasures:
- Take refuge in the Buddha – Someone who is awake
- Take refuge in the Dharma – Truth that The Buddha taught
- Take refuge in the Sangha – The community studying the Buddha’s teachings
Sokuzan discusses each one and answers questions from the Sangha.