Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, April 19, 2017 – “ASAP: The Alternating Sense Awareness Practice” – by Sokuzan
Alternating sense awareness practice (ASAP) is taking the six sense fields: the sense of seeing, hearing, smelling tasting, feeling, and thinking and alternating awareness between them. Sokuzan gives various examples in this talk.
If you practice ASAP a little on the cushion, you could take it into your everyday situation. And when you get into a struggle and want to blame or if there is a knot of pain, you could go into that a little then go into another sense, back and forth. The present moment awareness of the first five sense consciousnesses tends to bring the thinking mind into the present. It is a way of not fueling the warfare and not running away either.
- Sunday, April 16, 2017 – “Which Form To Practice?” – by Sokuzan
In this talk, Sokuzan says to trust yourself when it comes to what forms you should be practicing. So how do you know what forms to practice?
- Wednesday, April 12, 2017 – “Practicing With Disappointment” by Sokuzan
The presumption of control is part of the engine we call disappointment.
- Sunday, April 9, 2017 – “Feelings Are Not Proof” – by Sokuzan
When the knot in your heart starts to twist up, just look at it instead of blaming yourself or someone else for how you feel. All proof is partial.
- Saturday, April 8, 2017 – “When Consciousness Does Not See” – by Sokuzan in Traverse City, MI
Sokuzan’s talk is inspired from verse 26 of the Trimsatika (Thirty Verses) of Vasubandhu on the “Consciousness Only” teachings of the Yogacara:
“As long as consciousness does not see that subject-object distinctions are simply forms of consciousness, attachment to twofold grasping will never cease”