Video Dharma talks
- Wednesday, June 1, 2016 – “Don’t Do The Math”
Don’t miss your life by adding to, subtracting from or dividing up what arises.
- Sunday, May 29, 2016 – “The Three Pure Precepts”
There are 16 precepts observed in Soto Zen Buddhism. The first three are called The Three Treasures:
- Take refuge in the Buddha – Someone who is awake
- Take refuge in the Dharma – Truth that The Buddha taught
- Take refuge in the Sangha – The community studying the Buddha’s teachings
Sokuzan discusses each one and answers questions from the Sangha.
- Saturday, May 28, 2016 – “Balance”
Everything that you’re trying to balance is doing just fine without your help. Usually by trying to balance it is actually causing things to keep spinning around and may make things worse. Our preconceptions on what needs to be done plays into wanting something else instead of what actually is.
- Wednesday, May 25, 2016 – “Results Are Overrated” – by Sokuzan
Results tie us into preconceptions of what should be happening and what shouldn’t be happening. When looking for results we miss what is happening at that moment. Sokuzan talks about meditation and not focusing on results.
- Sunday, May 22, 2016 – “Realize Space” – by Sokuzan
Sokuzan starts by reading from Dogen Zenji quoting Vashibandhu, “Mind is like the world of space, constantly bringing forth empty things. When you realize space, there are not good or bad things.” Realizing space is not just the concept of space or emptiness, but seeing the space of what arises. This is the beginning of training the mind and the way each of us make things difficult for ourselves and others.