Video Dharma talks
- Sunday September 20, 2017 – “Three Doughnuts” – by Sokuzan
Three do-nots: 1. Don’t accept or believe. 2. Don’t reject or disbelieve. 3. Don’t look away or shut down on anything. Three do-s: 1. Stop. 2. Hold completely still. 3. Observe. Strengthen the witnessing part of your consciousness and uncover the wisdom that is actually your birthright.
- Sunday, September 17, 2017 – “Receive first.” – by Sokuzan
From Dogen’s Genjokoan (translation by Kazuaki Tanahashi): “To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and express themselves is your awakening”. Here Sokuzan expands on this teaching of receiving.
- Wednesday, September 13, 2017 – “Awareness of Attachment” – by Sokuzan
There is awareness of attachment and awareness of the attachment. If you try to get rid of the attachment you will find yourself doing it over and over and over. If you sit down, hold still and train your mind in the practice of meditation, you will see more clearly by seeing what attachment really is.
- Sunday, September 10, 2017 – “Bodhisattva Vows/Marriage Vows” – by Sokuzan
In our tradition, the bodhisattva vows are the same as the marriage vows given by a preceptor in ceremony. Marriage is yoga, or union. It’s a discipline. The vow is like glue. “I vow to be with all things.” We vow to train our minds to see how we go to war with our own thought patterns.
- Wednesday, September 6, 2017 – “Mind Your Own Business” – by Sokuzan
Don’t take your eyes off of the world, but taking action out of fear is like covering your eyes. When you go out towards you notice that you keep turning away from the gift of reality presented to you offered by your senses. Receive it. Awareness is what is important not what arises in it.