Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, August 3, 2016 – “The 5th Skandha” – by Sokuzan
In this Dharma talk, Sokuzan teaches about the 5th Skandha, Consciousness, in terms of The Eight Consciousnesses. These and other Buddhist conceptual models are intended to be used as tools to help us examine the nature of self through our own experience.
- Sunday, July 31, 2016 – “Meet Them Where They’re At” – by Sokuzan
Meet them where they’re at instead of where you think they’re at. This includes others as well as your own thought patterns.
- Saturday, July 30, 2016 – “All Evidence Is Partial” – by Sokuzan
To say all evidence is partial is a way to help us look more closely at anything that’s occurring that seems to be implying something else and then we jump to conclusions. Hold still and observe what arises and give it the benefit of the doubt. There is nothing else.
- Wednesday, July 27, 2016 – “Dogen: To Forget The Self” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan talks about several lines in Dogen’s Genjokoan: To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by the myriad things. When actualized by myriad things, your body and mind as well as bodies and minds of others drop away.
- Sunday, July 24, 2016 – “Mistaken Apologies” – by Sokuzan
Apologies are valuable if you accidentally hurt someone or make a mistake. It’s a simple transaction. But if you are looking for some sort of payback, this is suspicious. Look very closely at the intention around apologies. This needs to come from the awareness process, not the thinking process.