Video Dharma talks
- Sunday October 22, 2017 – “Meditation IS Action” (Talk Five) – by Sokuzan It’s not that you should sit still and meditate 24 hours a day, but you probably would do well to investigate, observe who this is and what the fundamental situation is before you jump into something. Meditation IS action. You watch what moves so that the action that gets strengthened is the ability not to grasp, reject or ignore what is in front of you. We are so fundamentally not separate. Meditation does not produce something. It reveals something. Instead of more peacefulness, you create less warfare. Peacefulness is already the case.
- Wednesday October 18, 2017 – “Meditation IS Action” (Talk Four) – by Sokuzan Meditation is very, very powerful. It is radical. It means going down to the root to find your own buddha nature. You might be a nice person with good intentions, but If you have not inspected radically, you will take your unexamined consciousness, your unexamined agenda and political ideas out into the world and it will get mixed up with the other aggression out there and you won’t be able to tell the difference. Not only will you suffer yourself, you will cause others to suffer. Clarify who you are and what is happening so you don’t have to rely on propaganda when you go out in the world, and don’t do anything unless you have to.
- Sunday October 15, 2017 – “Meditation IS Action” (Talk Three) – by Sokuzan
There is intense propaganda against the practice of sitting meditation. If you are a meditator, you may hear “why don’t you get up off the cushion and DO something?!” Meditation IS an extremely powerful and subtle form of doing something. You are actually witnessing the intricate machinery.
- Saturday October 14, 2017 – “That’s Not Pink” – by Sokuzan in Traverse City
“That is not pink” (Sokuzan is pointing to a painting). It is not about not naming, it is to see that the very naming, ever though it has pragmatic use, covers up the very thing you are endeavoring to communicate about. As soon as you label something you turn away from what you are labeling.
- Saturday October 14, 2017 – “That Is Pink” – by Sokuzan
“That is pink” (Sokuzan is pointing to a painting). Anytime we have an experience of anything, we add something onto it. That is pink, that is good, that is bad, it is this, it is that, we keep elaborating. It gives our sense of self credibility, a reference point that gives security against the imminent.