Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, June 14, 2017 – “Don’t Look Elsewhere” – by Sokuzan
If you see right where you’re at, you’ll see that this is the perfect place to be and you are the perfect person to be who you are. You can make friends with yourself. Hold still and watch the clouds come and go. If something is pulling you away, you don’t have to get rid of that. When the negativity comes, don’t abandon your karma. The main emphasis here is: Don’t miss your life! It is not about what you accomplish as a meditator. Everything you need to awaken, to live an uplifted and sane life, is right here. You have to discover that. You don’t have to look elsewhere.
- Sunday, June 11, 2017 – “Names” – by Sokuzan
It is very possible to be in the state of not knowing. When something occurs, if we name it, it stops the investigation of “what is this?”. Our ego mind gets freaked out by not knowing so we clamp down on it and think “It’s this” and give our ego temporary respite. The more you have compassion, the less you will know about what’s going on with someone, including yourself. It is not necessary to stop naming, just see that you name but there is no one behind the naming.
- Sunday, June 7, 2017 – “Doubt About The Teacher” – by Sokuzan
You should really look at the teacher closely. Take all the time you need and don’t do anything unless you have to. Once you make a commitment, stay with it and give it the benefit of the doubt. Having doubt is part of the dynamic. It is space that you disagree with; a not knowing that you think shouldn’t be there. A little bit of doubt is valuable. It is certainty if you do nothing with it.
- Sunday, June 4, 2017 – “Realization Has No Status” – by Sokuzan
From a conceptual point of view, which is how we communicate, enlightenment implies a state. Realization is fundamentally seeing that no-thing is fundamentally not separate from no-other-thing. The mind that rests naturally is not separate from any emotion. This has no status. It is not a state. Don’t believe this, don’t disbelieve this, and don’t look away either.
- Wednesday, May 31, 2017 – “Pure or Clear Emotion” – by Sokuzan
Don’t avoid how you feel by going into the thought process. When emotion arises, no matter how you feel, do nothing with it. In this way you purify it.