Video Dharma talks
- Sunday, February 19, 2017- “Why Ritual Forms?” – by Sokuzan
If we don’t know what something is, instead of letting it be unknown we project onto it with our uninvestigated ideas, opinions, judgements and beliefs because of fear. In Buddhism, the ritual forms like sitting practice, bowing, and sutra chanting are intended to support your consciousness by providing the structure to train your mind. Have a willingness to not know, give this the benefit of the doubt, and trust yourself. Only you know what you have to do.
- Wednesday, February 15, 2017- “The Fourth Reminder: Suffering and Trauma” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about the last of the Four Reminders that Turn the Mind Toward the Dharma: “The homes, friends, wealth and comforts of samsara are the constant torment of the three sufferings. Just like a feast before the executioner leads you to your death, I will cut desire and attachment and practice with exertion.”
- 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.