Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, May 21, 2017 – “Again, Don’t Do The Math ” – by Sokuzan
Right here right now, again, don’t do the math.
It is a metaphor for whenever something occurs in life, take the attitude that you’re not going to add on your commentary, subtract from the appearance with your analysis or distract yourself.
This helps you see the way that you do the math, to see how you take a position. The only way to find reality is not to take a position on anything.
- Wednesday, May 17, 2017 – “The Two Aspects Of Suchness ” – by Sokuzan
The fullness of this is what you are thinking and feeling and doing and all that is happening. It is empty of what you think it is. This fullness and emptiness that are not two are the two aspects of Suchness.
- Sunday, May 14, 2017 – “Nerve Endings In The Mind ” – by Sokuzan
Have you noticed that the same nerve endings in in your skin sense texture that is soft or abrasive? It’s like the “nerve endings in mind”, but instead of just feeling texture we tend to tell a story about it. The minute you describe a feeling you abandon it, you miss your opportunity to see what it really is. Sit down and prioritize the awareness, the space in which things occur. If you look at the space you realize you can’t see space, but you change your allegiance from what occurs to the space itself.
- Saturday, May 13, 2017 – “Whatever Arises, Don’t Blame” – by Sokuzan in Traverse City, MI
Whatever arises, don’t blame. If you find someone in front of you who is judging you or giving you a hard time, if you’re really present, you see that they are doing it because of their own suffering. You see the fundamental situation that everything is dependently arisen. There is no one to blame.
- Saturday, May 13, 2017 – “Spiritual Friend” – by Sokuzan in Traverse City, MI
Your spiritual friend, or “companion in the virtue” (kalyanamitra in Sanskrit), if truly realized will meet you right where you are to help you on your path of awakening.