Video Dharma talks
- 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.
- Sunday, May 28, 2017 – “Again, Perception Only” – by Sokuzan
Perception only Is a profound teaching of the Yogacara. The emphasis on perception only is to strengthen awareness. Everything is just your perception. It is the sound before the word sound, smell, before the word smell… before we go into the circularity of thinking that cranks out imaginary ideas of a separate self and other.
- Saturday, May 27, 2017 – “Gradual and Spontaneous” – by Sokuzan
The gradual path of your practice and spontaneous or immediate realization, these are not actually two different things. The polarity is talked about to bring up the two aspects of realization, a provisional teaching to work with the seduction of the idea that there is something to get.
- Wednesday, May 24, 2017 – “Non-Otherness” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan’s dharma talk is inspired by verse three in Vasubandhu ‘s “The Teaching of the Three Own-Beings” (Tri-svabhava-nirdesa), here as translated by Stefan Anacker: The constant state-of-not-being-found of “how it appears” in that which appears, can be known as the fulfilled own-being, because of its state of non-otherness.