Video Dharma talks
- Saturday, January 28, 2017- “Presence” – by Sokuzan
Don’t settle for the concept of “Being in the Now”. Thinking that you’re present is not presence. Presence is more like an absence. It is not something that you practice, it is something you are. Genuine presence is without a self, which doesn’t mean the self goes away.
- Wednesday, January 25, 2017- “Talking With Family” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan suggests to “listen, respond, and limit” when talking with family. Listening is the practice of generosity in receiving what is being said and giving your attention. Respond in order to be with them, respecting their karma. Limit your interaction so that when you’re there, you are present with them.
- Sunday, January 22, 2017- “Ego Diet” – by Sokuzan
Put self-centeredness on a diet by staying in your senses; just hear, just see, just smell, just taste, just feel, and even just think and add nothing to it so that what you receive does not become food for your self-centeredness.
- Wednesday, January 18, 2017- “Confidence” – by Sokuzan
Confidence based on causes and conditions will fade. Complete confidence is both confidence and lack of confidence at the same time where thoughts and emotions are free to come and go. Prioritize awareness. Hold your seat and make friends with what comes and goes through the practice of meditation.
- Sunday, January 15, 2017- “The Thirty Verses of Vasubandhu” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about a traditional text of the Yogacara tradition called “The Thirty Verses” (Trimsika-karika) by Vasubandhu, a prominent fourth century Indian Buddhist and a powerful teacher. He reads examples of several different translations and talks about the importance of taking the time to investigate the root texts of Buddhism.