Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, October 26, 2016 – “Perception Only” – by Sokuzan
The term “consciousness only” associated with the Yogacara school of Buddhism is often misunderstood. To help us understand the intention of the teachings, Sokuzan reads from the introduction to The Twenty Verses in “Seven Works of Vasubandhu”, translation and commentary by Stephan Anacker.
- Sunday, October 23, 2016 – “Seventh Consciousness” – by Sokuzan
The “Eight Consciousnesses” is a conceptual model of the Yogacara, or Mind-Only school of Buddhism that divides consciousness into eight types as a way of working with mind. The seventh consciousness, often called “klesa mind” or the ego identity, tends to solidify the illusion of a self separate and other by grasping, rejecting, or ignoring how this appears. In sitting meditation, we work with the mind by holding still and practice just observing that which appears.
- Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – “Tonglen” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about the practice of “Tonglen”, or sending out positivity and receiving negativity while riding the breath, reversing the tendency of ego. He suggests that without a strong awareness practice, taking in negativity may cause more difficulty and instead recommends the practice of “Maitri Bhavana” or extending the intent of loving kindness to others.
- Sunday, October 16, 2016 – “Non-otherness” – by Sokuzan
- Saturday, October 15, 2016 – “16 Precepts and Jukai” – by Sokuzan
At this all-day meditation retreat at SokukoJi Buddhist Community-Traverse City, Sokuzan talks about the 16 precepts and receiving jukai or lay ordination