Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, January 11, 2017- “The Fog of Opinions” – by Sokuzan
When we lock down on opinions to create security for self-centeredness, it’s like a fog. It clouds your mind and stops you from looking any deeper into what it is that you have opinions about.
- Sunday, January 8, 2017- “Karma: The Third Reminder” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about karma using the teachings of the third of “The Four Reminders” that turn the mind toward the Dharma: “When death comes I will be helpless. Because I create karma I mist abandon harmful deeds and always devote my time to virtuous actions. Thinking this every day I will examine myself.”
- Wednesday, January 4, 2017- “The First Reminder” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about the first of the Four Reminders that turn the mind toward the Dharma (or The Truth): “First contemplate the preciousness of being free and well favored, difficult to gain and easy to loose, now I must do something meaningful.”
- Sunday, January 1, 2017- “Impermanence: The Second Reminder” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan begins with the second of the Four Reminders that turn the mind toward the Dharma to talk about the Buddha’s teachings on impermanence: “Second, the world and its inhabitants are impermanent; in particular, the life of beings is like a bubble. Death comes without warning. This body will be a corpse. At that time the Dharma (Truth) will be my only help, I must practice with exertion.”
- Saturday, December 31, 2016 – “Retreat Practice” – by Sokuzan
Set aside time for retreat practice. It could be a short block of time like four hours or for multiple days. It could be solitary or with a group. Whatever your meditation practice is, it is important to retreat from your everyday busy world and take some time to look at your mind. Receive whatever arises…and don’t evaluate. Whatever you can do, schedule it ahead of time and just do it.