Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, November 19, 2017 – “More Do Zen Don’ts” – By Sokuzan
Do get into the zendo and do meditate. Don’t follow the breath, and don’t ignore the breath either. Do use the natural reference point of the body. Then, whatever arises, don’t do anything. Don’t add. Don’t subtract. Don’t divide. Don’t take away its original value. It takes a while.
- Wednesday, November 15, 2017 – “Don’t Conclude” – By Sokuzan
What is the motivation or intention of jumping to conclusions? Be generous with the space that is called your mind. If you bring your awareness on the cushion it will invisibly and mysteriously infiltrate your life. You can actually have an open dimension there. Be willing to rest in the space between belief and disbelief.
- Sunday November 12, 2017 – “Zombie Thoughts” – By Sokuzan
How can we work with our minds when we keep resurrecting something that is over with?
- Saturday November 11, 2017 – “Lead With Awareness” – By Sokuzan in Traverse City
We are generally taught in life to lead with our thinking. This is not necessarily a problem, but we tend to over-do it, but thinking is generally based on partial evidence. Sometimes thinking takes you further down the rabbit hole of difficulty and anxiety. Sokuzan talks about how to train your mind to strengthen the awareness so that when you go into a situation you lead with your awareness rather than a group of thoughts based on hope and fear.
- Saturday November 11, 2017 – “Just Precisely This” – By Sokuzan in Traverse City
This is a translation of the Japanese word “shikantaza” which describes a style of meditation that Sokuzan recommends. It is simple way of using the body as an anchor to observe mind with the intent to find out precisely what this is.