Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, August 31, 2016 – “Does The Teacher Meddle?” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan sometimes uses the word “meddle” in his teachings. “Don’t meddle with what arises in mind based on your misunderstandings.” So how do we relate to someone we’ve given permission to be our teacher when it feels like meddling?
- Sunday, August 28, 2016 – “Don’t Do Anything” – by Sokuzan
Whatever it is you feel like you are being pulled into…hold your seat. Give it some time. Wait and see what it is before you do anything, and don’t do anything unless you just have to do it.
- Saturday, August 27, 2016 – “Reset Buttons” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan teaches the post meditation practice of using what he calls “Reset Buttons” like the phrase “Thank you very much, I have no complaints whatsoever!”, said aloud or to yourself, perhaps with a bow, as a way to interrupt the momentum of negativity and bring some awareness to a difficult situation.
- Wednesday, August 24, 2016 – “Beings Are Numberless. I Vow To Free Them.”
Sokuzan talks about the 1st of the 4 Bodhisattva Vows, which he often teaches as “I vow to be with all things”. One way to practice this is to first be with your own thought patterns, observing thoughts as living beings coming into and passing out of existence and not meddling with them.
- Sunday, August 21, 2016 – “Awareness As Space” – by Sokuzan
In the beginning, the practice of meditation introduces us to spaciousness. The knee-jerk reaction of ego is to doubt the space by trying to fill it up or control what appears in it. The continuing practice of meditation is training in trusting the space. This is awareness.