Sokuzan talks about the great importance of sangha, the community of people who study and practice together. By reflecting self centeredness and resonating with clarity, sangha supports your awakening.
Sokuzan encourages students to ask questions of a Dharma teacher. The most powerful talks often arise from question and response.
The Three Jewels are the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha. This is a structure used pretty much universally in Buddhism. By taking refuge in these is a change from the material world. Sokuzan’s talk discusses these jewels further.
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.
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.…