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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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Smell Pratityasamutpada - 10-13-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

10/12/2019
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“Pratityasamutpada” means that any thing is dependent on every other situation, cause and condition for its apparent individuality, basically broken down into “subject” and “object”. Of the sense consciousnesses, smell is one of the most immediate and spontaneous, it really doesn’t need much help from the thinking process. You could use any one of your sense consciousnesses to further educate yourself about your own subjective understanding of dependent origination rather than using the...

Duration:01:08:52

Ju Mipham's Fourth Reliance - 10-9-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

10/8/2019
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Ju Mipham's Fourth Reliance is to rely on your wisdom mind, not your judgmental mind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AILJBwtlhZ8

Duration:01:22:44

Ceasing Doesn't Produce - 10-6-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

10/5/2019
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If there are productions, then ceasing has not occurred. And if you think you have ceased, this is a production. Any time you are endeavoring to manipulate your life, unless you have transcended the personal self, that identity will always come in the back door just as you’re leaving https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZI9-0pD5r0

Duration:01:25:34

Subject Object Confusion - 10-2-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

10/1/2019
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uSREUALGa0

Duration:00:46:31

Ju Mipham's Third Reliance - 9-29-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/28/2019
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This talk is inspired by Ju Mipham’s Third Reliance: Rely on the Absolute meaning and not the relative. So how do we actually rely on the Absolute meaning? How do you rely on something that’s not even there? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIuFqUHmF8s

Duration:00:57:14

Reframe - 9-25-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/24/2019
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youtube.com/watch?v=0Tz2noLSA_Q

Duration:00:44:05

Ju Mipham's Second Reliance - 9-22-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/21/2019
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This talk is inspired by Ju Mipham’s Second Reliance: Rely on the meaning and not on the words. Here Sokuzan ties in many of the Mahayana teachings like the famous Zen metaphor of “the finger pointing at the moon”, Atisha’s slogan “of the two, keep the principle witness”, Nagarguna’s “cage of your afflictions” and “consciousness-only” teachings of Vasubandhu. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiKWZBxNgKc

Duration:01:29:16

Hacking the Mind Part 2 - 9-21-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/20/2019
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In order to get into the closed system of the ego, it seems to be necessary to look at the system. How do we do that? It seems like the only way we’re going to get into that is to just look at it. Sitting meditation is like looking at the secrecy of ego, the way it puts up ideas, interpretations, and opinions that fuel the hope and fear which keeps everything isolated and closed off in a cage of our own making. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8pQLSNUgkE

Duration:00:40:15

Hacking the Mind - 9-21-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/20/2019
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In order to get into the closed system of the ego, it seems to be necessary to look at the system. How do we do that? It seems like the only way we’re going to get into that is to just look at it. Sitting meditation is like looking at the secrecy of ego, the way it puts up ideas, interpretations, and opinions that fuel the hope and fear which keeps everything isolated and closed off in a cage of our own making. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iOGelJrzVc

Duration:00:46:28

Ju Mipham's First Reliance - 9-18-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/17/2019
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This dharma talk is based on a teaching by Ju Mipham (1846-1912), a master in the Nyingma lineage of Tibet, called the Four Reliances. Here Sokuzan talks about the First Reliance: Rely on the dharma not the teacher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwwSb2iWu-I&t=3s

Duration:00:49:47

Don't Do Stuff - 9-11-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/10/2019
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Whatever arises, don’t believe, don’t disbelieve, and don’t look away. It’s a way of talking about the three poisons. What you see is empty of qualities. Don’t add on your interpretation. Don’t elaborate on anything. When you elaborate on anything you actually abandon the genuine presence of whatever is there. You also abandon your own genuine presence because it’s scary to the ego to just be totally exposed in no-person’s land with no defense, no explanation, no justification....

Duration:00:59:00

Pride Hideouts - 9-8-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/7/2019
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The pride area is interesting because it’s not just the flashy pride that shows up as some kind of puffing up. It can also be the kind of pride that just flips over and we get down on ourselves: “I’m terrible, I can’t do this!” You’re down on yourself. It’s the same energy gone under so it doesn’t look like pride. You want to be somebody better, somebody who doesn’t have that kind of extreme narcissism. Just receive that. Don’t try to be somebody else. Be who you are, which may be...

Duration:01:00:30

Velcro Conclusions - 9-4-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

9/3/2019
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Conclusions are ok, were doing it all the time, it’s the nature of thinking. But all the various levels of discontent, warfare and greed recondition us to grasp at something, lock down on something. What we’re talking about on the twelve links on the chain of dependent origination is the ninth link, upadana (grasping and fixation) and this leads to the tenth, bhava (becoming) and then birth. Please don’t come to conclusions. If you judge anything or anybody, I don’t care if it’s correct or...

Duration:00:42:08

Backfilling Again - 9-1-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

8/31/2019
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Backfilling. It’s sort of an active form of ignorance. You may have to see the backfilling before the again doesn’t keep happening. Something shows up and we name it immediately. We don’t notice the subtle differentiation between what is appearing and naming it. This is the difference between awareness and intellect. You can’t separate them because they’re not two different things. They’re the same thing acting in the service of different situations. Awareness has no boss, but the ego-mind...

Duration:00:40:15

Don't Improve - 8-31-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

8/30/2019
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What happens when you focus on improvement? Am I getting better? If your intention is about improving, you will succeed, you will have a relative success. What does relative success imply? Relative failure. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xz0wlbleyo

Duration:01:10:06

Downsize - 8-28-1019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

8/26/2019
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Simply put, less is better. All you’re really doing when you meditate is downsizing your life in this very simple form of just sitting still. Take everything that is big and busy and fluffing up all over the place and without being aggressive with yourself. First start by looking at the wall. Eventually, you will see the very subtle, very intimate layer of thought process that comes and goes and comes and goes and comes and goes, over and over and over. This is the fundamental matrix or...

Duration:00:55:40

Transforming Attachments - 01-09-2019 - By Sokuzan - Sokukoji.org

7/3/2019
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Before you transform attachment, you have to see it very clearly. Look deeply into the habit energy that is coming out of the alaya, your storehouse. If thoughts come and you believe them your awareness goes out the window. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YHVNS7vgGo

Duration:00:46:48

Intense Karma - 01-06-2019 - By Sokuzan - http://SokukoJi.org

5/26/2019
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Something happens that was little and it triggers an intense reaction. It is spontaneously arising pure karma that started as a combination of thirty-eight hundred and fifty-two thousand things. Stories about it protect ourselves. Acting out means avoiding the situation. If you blame something you are ignoring everything else. Meditation uncovers the confusion. You are looking at the things you have been shutting down on your whole life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqm3mT8emLo

Duration:00:37:53

Dokusan - 01-02-2019 - By Sokuzan - http://SokukoJi.org

5/25/2019
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Dokusan is a Japanese work that refers to the private interview between teacher and student, usually in the hojo (the abbot’s quarters where interviews are conducted). Here it is taking place in the zendo to teach about this practice form. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fvhqUdTPfE

Duration:00:39:44

Dont Look Away - 12-30-2018 - By Sokuzan - http://SokukoJi.org

5/24/2019
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"Don’t look away" is a way of talking about and working with the poison of ignorance, one of the three poisons that cause suffering. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Py5AC_sbww8

Duration:00:51:35