Dying and Death, A Closer Look

Join us in sangha as we contemplate and prepare for our own deaths. Sokuzan will give Dharma talks on dying, death and after death from Buddhist and other perspectives. Also, we will look together at some documents which define ahead of time how you would like to be cared for when you are no longer capable of making decisions for yourself. This will include advance directives, choosing a health care advocate, a living will and the “Five Wishes” document which is a commonly distributed advance directive template and does not necessarily support Buddhist practice without modifications.  We will also discuss caring for each other in sangha as we experience sickness, old age and death.  The cost is $20.00 for meals and materials.  Additional donations are greatly appreciated.  See announcement for more details. Contact Kozan to register.

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…

Three Jewels Retreat Evening Talk

This talk, given in Traverse City, Michigan, explains and expands on the function of the Three Jewels of Buddhism–Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha–and how they are used as a support for our awareness practice.

Three Jewels Evening Talk by Sokuzan Sat. April 5, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

Three Jewels Retreat How We Go To War

THREE JEWELS How We Go To War by Sokuzan, Fri., Apr 4, 2014 from SokukoJi on Vimeo.

In Traverse City, Michigan, Sokuzan discusses the Buddhist teaching on the Three Jewels–Buddha, Dharma, and Sangha–and how they are used to support our awareness practice and see the ways in which we prevent ourselves from having clarity about the fundamental truth of what we are and what this world…