Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, February 12, 2017- “Dana: The Practice of Generosity” – by Sokuzan
Dana, the Sanskrit word generosity, is the practice of giving your attention and receiving what arises. When thoughts arise in the mind or with what others are saying to you, give it your attention and just receive, even if it is in the form of negativity. The way we work with that is in the negativity itself, not separate. It takes some courage to just receive and not create the one who is against or wants to fix the negativity. If your awareness is powerful, you my watch yourself hold still or you may go into action without an agenda. No one is wrong that needs to be corrected. This is the practice of generosity.
- Wednesday, February 8, 2017- “Forget The Self” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about several lines in Genjokoan (Actualizing the Fundamental Point) from Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “To study the way of enlightenment is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as the bodies and minds of others drop away. No trace of enlightenment remains, and this no trace continues endlessly. “ (Translation edited by Kazuaki Tanahashi)
- Sunday, February 5, 2017- “Dependent Origination” – by Sokuzan
“Pratityasamutpada”, a Sanskrit work often translated as “dependent origination”, is a way talking about that which appears in terms of cause and effect. “The Twelve Nidanas”, the twelve links on the chain of existence, is a conceptual model used to look closely how one apparent situation conditions the next. It is a way of working with suffering in strengthening awareness of fixation.
- Wednesday, February 1, 2017- “Realize Space” – by Sokuzan
Observe what comes and goes and the space in which that occurs. Prioritize the space. Sit down, hold still and find out who you are. That is the basic instruction.
- Sunday, January 29, 2017- “Mind Only” – by Sokuzan
Yogacara, one of the two main schools of Mahayana Buddhism, is often referred to as the “Mind Only” school. This is not to say that anything outside the mind is unreal. It is intended to help you see that what you are experiencing is coming to you in some form of perception in consciousness, based on the six senses and the assumption of a separate self. When there is transformation at the basis of consciousness, that everything is dependently arisen is fundamentally seen. There is no separate self to be found anywhere.