Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, November 23, 2016 – “When You Move Into Confusion Without Reference Point” – by Sokuzan
The awareness of confusion is still awareness, very powerful if you don’t manipulate it based on grasping a position of right and wrong or what you should and shouldn’t do. Be generous, allow yourself to be confused. When you train your mind to not believe, disbelieve, or look away from whatever arises, there is a sense of openness that is fearless, not separate from confusion. This may inspire what you have to do.
- Sunday, November 19, 2016 – “Be With All Things” – by Sokuzan
Inspired by the current political climate and the expressions of people feeling the need to take action, Sokuzan talks about the Third Pure Precept of the Soto Zen tradition, the bodhisattva vow to: “Be with all things”. If you want to do something, first sit down and find out who you are. Train your mind to be with all things, starting with your own thought patterns. Prioritize awareness rather than strategy. If irritation, anger and fear are motivating your activity in the world, it will only lead to more suffering. To actually be with all things is to fully manifest your humanity in a way that naturally harmonizes with the basic situation.
- Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – “See What The Buddha Saw” – by Sokuzan
- Sunday, November 13, 2016 – “Relationship Chemistry” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about different tools that people use in working with relationships, like astrology, the I Ching, ritualized tantric forms, psychology… but the best tool you can use is to observe your own mind and find out who you are before you begin to understand the chemistry of relationships.
- Saturday Afternoon, November 12, 2016 – “No Comment” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan gives the last talk during SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City’s November All-Day Sitting Retreat: ” When you sit down and hold still, “no comment”, radically, “no comment”! Be a minimalist. Don’t try to be mindful. Allow things to arise with as little added activity as possible.”