Upaya or Skillful Means

Sokuzan talks about how wisdom and skillful means work together using various images. He emphasizes the sitting practice of meditation or shikantanza and encourages people to not miss their life and be with whatever arises including negativity. He also talks about different ways of working with negativity sometimes personified as demons using the example of Milarepa and his upaya with his own demons.

Love and Longing

Love and Longing by Sokuzan Wed., Apr 16, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

Sokuzan comments on different understandings of the word and concept of love. He talks also about how necessary it is to be fundamentally intimate with all things, even the most severe or difficult. He also comments on how the word longing arises and that it is not really wanting things to be different.…

How We Relate To Death

How We Relate To Death by Sokuzan, Sun., Apr. 13, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

The next frontier each of us will be facing is our death. When we sit down on the cushion and look at the wall, we are facing our interior jungle. If attached to this body/mind, it may be difficult because ego wants to know. We use the model of the Three Realms–Desire, Form, Formless–as a structure…

How Do I Get Control of This?

How Do I Get Control Of This? by Sokuzan Wed. April 9, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

The Three Jewels of Buddhism

The Three Jewels of Buddhism, Sokuzan teaches about the support of Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha in practice at retreat in Traverse City, MI on April 5th, 2014. from SokukoJi on Vimeo.