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Dharma talks by Sokuzan from SokukoJi Buddhist Temple in Battle Creek, Michigan.

Dharma talks by Sokuzan from SokukoJi Buddhist Temple in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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Dharma talks by Sokuzan from SokukoJi Buddhist Temple in Battle Creek, Michigan.

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English


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Seeing Ignorance - By Sokuzan - Sunday, August 26, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

1/9/2019
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Of the three poisons: passion, aggression and ignorance, it is fairly easy to see passion and aggression. But can we see when we are ignoring, when we are shutting down on what is right in front of us? How do we work with that? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDccbssZL7c

Duration:00:35:29

Dont Land - By Sokuzan - Saturday, August 25, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

1/8/2019
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The path of suffering is to see how much we keep landing on everything. The slightest comment will bury your consciousness for weeks, months or years. It can be as simple as something like: “Oh, there I go again”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JX1Hn6qwRRE

Duration:00:42:17

Wednesday August 22 2018 - Spontaneity In Disguise - By Sokuzan - http://sokukoji.org

1/5/2019
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The intension of Sokuzan’s dharma talk is to describe and show the differences between spontaneity and impulsivity. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEHqF3IQ3hY&t=1s

Duration:00:34:24

A Raw Heart - By Sokuzan - Sunday, August 19, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

1/4/2019
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A raw heart means that you’ve dropped out of your paranoia of thinking and risen out of the feeling in your gut of hope and fear and you go in to the heart that is raw, unfiltered, uncovered, unprotected. This is called “bodhichitta”, the mind of awakening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3tDyvTw5J0&t=1s

Duration:00:25:16

No Guarantees - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, August 15, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/30/2018
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On the mundane path, the everyday do this and you get that, there’s practically a guarantee if you spend enough time. On the spiritual path, you put in the time and there are no guarantees. On the Buddhist path, this may be called faith. if there is an outcome, it is the mundane path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_2SqflmyKc

Duration:00:35:59

More About Karma - By Sokuzan - Sunday, August 12, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/29/2018
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Karma is an extremely complicated area. It is an interesting thing to contemplate using the concepts that describe it. The more you meditate, the more you contemplate, the more you extend your awareness deep within the more you begin to see the very subtle nuances that are happening that have boundaries and no boundaries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCfRSbQFKuU&t=66s

Duration:00:34:37

When the 5 Skandhas Enter the 6 Realms - By Sokuzan in Traverse City - Saturday, August 11, 2018

12/9/2018
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Karma is an extremely complicated area. It is an interesting thing to contemplate using the concepts that describe it. The more you meditate, the more you contemplate, the more you extend your awareness deep within the more you begin to see the very subtle nuances that are happening that have boundaries and no boundaries. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCfRSbQFKuU

Duration:01:25:56

About Karma - By Sokuzan in Traverse City - Saturday, August 11, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/8/2018
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Sokuzan talks about three types of karma: sanchita karma, parabdha karma and agami karma. (the echo stops during minute 22) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uccgaNqfuaY

Duration:00:47:46

Insist On The Preliminaries - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, August 8, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/7/2018
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If you want to walk the spiritual path you are going to have to make some sacrifices. You are going to have to give up wanting something else. Find a way to return to the fundamental situation that you are in. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZRfmJI6f8U

Duration:00:37:24

Mountains and Rivers - By Sokuzan - Sunday, August 5, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/6/2018
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Sokuzan responds to questions like: What does meaningful mean? What is a natural compared to an unnatural boundary? Can you want something to be different than it is and accept it at the same time? How can we be firm without being aggressive? Is there a way to know if we stop respecting and start indulging? If fear is abandoned, is hope also abandoned? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xk0RocstO5s

Duration:00:35:33

Dont Defend Paraphrase - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/5/2018
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If someone throws an accusation at you, don’t defend, just receive. Try taking what someone says and put it in your own words, or ask the person to clarify what they are communicating to you. It may give the situation a little more breathing room. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2kXBYgsEUc

Duration:00:39:45

Dont Second That Emotion - By Sokuzan - Sunday, July 29, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

12/4/2018
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As soon as you add anything to a feeling or emotion, you are shutting down on your awareness. This is circularity, the spinning mind. The technical word for this is samsara. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaWHmqld35A

Duration:00:28:33

Focus Is Ignorance - By Sokuzan - Saturday, July 28, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

11/26/2018
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To say this is to encourage you to see the way consciousness works. If you focus on anything you are ignoring everything else. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak8BVFcIDes

Duration:00:38:04

Dont Focus Just Gaze - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, July 25, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

11/25/2018
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Emphasize the awareness part of experience rather than focus or tighten down on one aspect. The wisdom mind doesn’t need a focus. With a soft gaze just watch what arises in any of the sense fields and practice receiving. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwzPnJrDpLE

Duration:00:33:56

The Teaching Of Thusness - By Sokuzan - Sunday, July 22, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

11/24/2018
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As it is said in the first line of the Hokkyo Zanmai, The Song of the Jewel Mirror Samadhi:” The teaching of thusness has been intimately communicated by buddhas and ancestors.” “Thusness”, “suchness”, “just this”, “as it is”, “tathata” "soku", "tathagatagarbha", …. you are looking right at it. It can’t be taught but you might need some help to see it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jKeB6L11mLw

Duration:00:25:03

Dont Polish Confusion - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

11/23/2018
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We’re so impatient with our minds, we want to be clear NOW! Don’t be that person who doesn’t want to be confused. The way to liberation is right through the confusion, that is your dharma gate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtMaDfFa6Yw&t=1s

Duration:00:40:27

Free And Well Favored - By Sokuzan - Sunday, July 15, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

11/8/2018
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Sokuzan’s dharma talk is inspired by the First Reminder in a traditional teaching called The Four Reminders That Turn the Mind toward the Dharma: “First, contemplate the preciousness of being free and well favored, difficult to gain and easy to lose, now I must do something meaningful.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5KbSb1LqJc

Duration:00:26:26

Clear Your Mind - Talk 2 - By Sokuzan In Traverse City - Saturday, July 14, 2018 - sokukoji.org

10/31/2018
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The afternoon dharma talk during today's meditation retreat continues the theme of the morning talk with Sokuzan responding to questions. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3vB0nlP9fyc

Duration:00:56:35

First Clear Your Mind - By Sokuzan In Traverse City - Saturday, July 14, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/29/2018
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This talk was inspired by a student’s question from SokukoJi’s Monday evening book study of “Meditation on Emptiness” by Jeffrey Hopkins. These are translated teachings from the Gelukba order of Tibetan Buddhism. It says of the first stage of meditation on emptiness “First one concentrates and clears one’s mind” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGhIRVjDdb4

Duration:01:14:37

See The Contrast - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/28/2018
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Flash on the contrast. When the apparent polarity between two different things collapses, then the polarity becomes the observer and the observed. When the observer collapses into the observed…that’s the final collapse. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxy_KN760RM

Duration:01:03:11