Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, December 11, 2016 – “Perception Plus” – by Sokuzan
In this talk, Sokuzan tells us that when perceiving through the six sense fields, including the mind which also receives thoughts–just like the ear receives sounds–we probably are adding to it. We perceive something, and instead of just the perception, we add our ideas, our thoughts: “I like it; I don’t like it; this is good; I need more of that and less of this.” That will migrate out into our life–what we reach for, what we push away–and our whole life can be just about grasping stuff: “I see it; I want it”‘ rather than “I see it.” Sokuzan continues with talking about how we fundamentally need to stop going to war with ourselves and encourages us to “meditate first. Get your priorities straight. Train your mind.”
- Wednesday, December 7, 2016 – “When Buddhas Are Truly Buddhas” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan teaches from a line in Genjokoan from Dogen’s Shobogenzo: “When buddhas are truly buddhas they don’t need to perceive that they are buddhas, however, they are enlightened buddhas and they continue actualizing buddhas.” (translation by Shokaku Okumura)
- Wednesday, November 30, 2016 – “Analog Rules, Not Digital” – by Sokuzan
When you use a smart phone or an app in your meditation, look closely at your intention. Are you trying to feel good or are you trying to find out what is fundamentally true? The companies that are trying to sell you something will find out what makes you feel good and market that. If you have an app that tells you how you are doing or measures your progress, it robs you of your own intelligence, covering up what you may need to see.
- Sunday, November 27, 2016 – “Kozan’s Questions” – by Sokuzan
When it is very painful to observe what appears to be going on in the world, how can we become aware of abandoning the situation by going unconscious and ignoring suffering? Why keep watching the news if it seems to solidify the pattern of feeling helpless? What should we do when we resonate with call to action in our own backyard, like the Million Woman March?
- Saturday, November 26, 2016 – “See The Parts To See The Whole” – by Sokuzan
When we are fixated on one part as opposed to another part, it looks like things are separate. An extreme of this is warfare. We forget to take into consideration the bigger picture, or “Big Mind”. Sit down, hold still, and see the relative truth of separate parts. Practice just observing the parts without doing anything with them. This is called patience. In this way, you are using your life to awaken to the Whole.