Don’t believe your thoughts. If you believe what you’re thinking and act on that, you enable that to keep going…and if you disbelieve your thoughts by pushing away or rejecting, that is a negative form of activity. So what do we do? Start by sitting down and witnessing the way in which you believe.
As the annual Ango (practice) retreat begins, Sokuzan reminds us that this is a practice to strengthen our awareness and not a performance to strengthen how we appear to ourselves and others, always returning to this simple awareness situation in the present.
Sokuzan gives an energetic Dharma talk about The Three Poisons that give rise to suffering: passion, aggression and ignorance. He encourages meditation as a way to practice awareness and see through our tendencies to go to war with ourselves.
October 28, 2012