Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, March 12, 2017- “How We Study Dharma Texts” – by Sokuzan
Chiezan and Unyo read aloud Sokuzan’s instruction guidelines on facilitating a dharma book study group, and Sokuzan responds to questions. Just a few highlights from Sokuzan’s instructions: “Read aloud slowly. Encourage interruption to discuss, clarify, or question what is being said. Facilitate connection with one another. Encourage people to trust themselves. Do not look to translate what you see into something else just because you can. Listen more. If you think you look foolish, just rest there. If people leave more confused, this is not a bad thing. Nothing needs fixing.”
- Wednesday, March 8, 2017- “Casual Forms” – by Sokuzan
All lineages of Buddhism include definite, repeatable forms as part of awareness practice, the idea is to tighten up body speech and mind, to balance things. How can we bring the practice of forms into our everyday lives? Here, Sokuzan talks about “casual forms” particularly when it comes to communicating in relationships.
- Sunday, March 5, 2017- “Other Teachers” – by Sokuzan
- Wednesday, March 1, 2017- “Two Projections” – by Sokuzan
The first projection is that instead of seeing what is in front of us, we project our ideas, feelings, opinions and beliefs so we are looking at what we think is there instead of what is really there. The second projection is that we do the same thing when looking inward. How do we know if what we’re seeing is actually there or something we are making up?
- Sunday, February 26, 2017- “Open Interviews” – by Sokuzan
An open interview instead of the typical private interview gives the opportunity for others to see what transpires between the teacher and student.