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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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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

Questions From Monastery Residents - By Sokuzan - Sunday, July 8, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/27/2018
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The motivation for Sokuzan’s dharma talk is to address the effects of a strong daily practice of sitting, study, relating to a teacher and working with sangha by responding to questions from the monastery residents. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZQJECRl0AQ&t=1s

Duration:00:54:00

Choices Without Awareness - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, July 4, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/25/2018
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Sit down and watch the way the mind makes decisions. Thoughts masquerade as awareness when narcissism wants a reference point. What you really have to do will be choiceless. Your unencumbered consciousness knows exactly what it needs to do next. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8t0dsq343Y

Duration:00:39:01

Gossip - By Sokuzan - Sunday, July 1, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/24/2018
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The most complete speech or right speech is thorough, really seeing everything and not being seduced by your thought patterns. The teachings of the Buddha in the Anguttara Nikaya include five marks of right speech: “Is it true? Is it timely? Is it gentle? Is it purposeful? Is it with the mind of loving kindness?”. Extra talk is chatter, entertainment. The upside is social bonding and a feeling of belonging. The downside is that it may cause harm. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6jEDHNrvdw

Duration:00:32:35

Remixing Thoughts - By Sokuzan - Saturday, June 30, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/23/2018
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When we don’t know what this is, when openness without reference point is just too frightening, we make up stuff instead of giving attention to everything that is happening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77jzN1ygGrs

Duration:00:50:25

Tomal Gyi Shepa Ordinary Mind - By Sokuzan - Wednesday, June 27, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/21/2018
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“Tomal gyi shepa” is Tibetan for ordinary mind. Everyday mind. It is a teaching that emphasizes the ordinary or present nature of awakening, of clear understanding. You don’t have to go to a mountain top or somewhere else far away. You don’t have to get rid of your everyday difficulties so you can live in some kind of special enlightened state. What you’re looking for is right in front of you. It is ordinary mind. It is not an experience. It is authentic presence. Past and future are besides...

Duration:00:40:09

Distractions - By Sokuzan - Sunday, June 24, 2018 - http://sokukoji.org

10/20/2018
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Trying not to be distracted is spiritual materialism. Awareness of distraction isn’t exactly distraction. Whatever is happening, include; don’t sell the wine of delusion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=godsB99GbHo

Duration:00:29:48