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I’m looking at confusion all the time. My teachers have helped me see that you don’t have to get rid of anything. It will not particularly be comfortable, and it doesn’t mean you don’t feel the confusion and distress, because consciousness always finds whatever form that it needs. Look at the leading edge of everything.https://youtu.be/8YNRI6WJFng…
 
Suddenly something just starts to get hold of us and draws our attention away from what we were intending to do. Just feel it, receive it, be it, and don’t accept it, reject it or ignore it; that’s the path. Just keep returning and observing. When the emotions get stirred up, just receive that.https://youtu.be/lFiT4mbcTTI…
 
There’s a natural boundary between any two things. There are the boundaries we set up to protect our property, and boundaries based on fear. It is about being aware of them, not about believing, judging or concluding. This is why we sit down and gaze at the wall, to see the delusions that are the walls of the mind.https://youtu.be/Qx7KND0tv_M…
 
It’s hard to come up with a standard that will fit each person - it can be situational. The standard is the discipline, the structure. It’s very definite, and it’s very necessary to have strong forms. Once you decide to conform to this discipline, then it’s necessary to use the forms that are showing up.https://youtu.be/s__d-8Spf58…
 
We constantly tell ourselves stories about what we should and shouldn’t do. The motivation is the ego trying to protect itself. We don’t want anybody, including ourselves, to see who we are. It’s about getting caught in the story trap, not trying to correct it. See the way you do this.https://youtu.be/qM52lZynx08…
 
The first wake up is to see how you are being controlled by everything; your beliefs, your culture, your ideas. The second wake up is to the possibly of seeing who you really are and what all this is.https://youtu.be/TDNg86mcpa4Από τον Sokuzan
 
Traceless means it leaves no tracks; there’s no result. Without credentials is another way of saying it. How would you know you had attained realization? You won’t know in the conventional sense. Realization has no status.https://youtu.be/QjCq1NAW4fIΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
The rest of the world is trying to get results without respect for what’s showing up in the mind stream or the life stream. Put your energy into intending to see what this is.https://youtu.be/IdBoIFa4AKoΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
Something happens and we immediately abandon that for who did it. The ego mind will settle for anything. It reifies that part of the consciousness that has shrunk down into the size of a coconut and is looking for causation so we can have some feeling of control. All you have to do is observe this.https://youtu.be/V4ZEez-e9Gk…
 
This is a reference to Suzuki Roshi’s book, “Zen Mind, Beginners’s Mind.” We don’t have to orient toward some kind of result or gaining idea. It seems necessary to return to that original intention to see the truth, over and over.https://youtu.be/EG39nKpCE9wΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
This is a way of talking about perception clear of all the detritus and debris that the ego throws up and supports in order to continue to create an oligarch who worries, judges, and controls everything. Immaculate perception is just receiving.https://youtu.be/CanbpCtfmXsΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
It’s not about putting a stop to thoughts. When thoughts are not used and abused, then they tend to soften up and we just perceive what’s in front of us: color, taste, smells, touch, feeling, and even thoughts.https://youtu.be/ZUnM3gOrYOMΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
Start with yourself. Be gentle, but very attentive to everything that’s happening in the mind stream. Don’t accept anything, don’t reject anything and don’t shut down, ignore or distract yourself from anything. Take a look at the difficult time you give yourself.https://youtu.be/UA3Ep4pu1IwΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
I often say the three C’s are communicate, cooperate and collaborate. The first C is communicate. The way I describe that is 90/10: Listen 90% of the time and talk 10%. If you do the first three C’s, then you have community.https://youtu.be/Ds_Qn_w-pOMΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
This is a direct instruction from the Vidyadhara, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche: keep sitting. If you’re looking at your mind and watching without objecting, agreeing, or shutting down you begin to see the fundamental nature of confusion in your own mind. It’s not ‘out there’ - that’s a projection.https://youtu.be/jnGcElKcaXw…
 
Don’t maintain anything. You can return to the vow using a few simple words. Of the sixteen precepts, the main one to look at and return to is the last pure precept: Be With All Things.https://youtu.be/wWuef6JyzAQΑπό τον Sokuzan
 
We are always projecting out onto something what we think it is based on our prejudice. Thinking we are not prejudiced is the very nature of prejudice. Pay attention to what’s coming through the door or down the street. Picking and choosing works well in the relative world. Wanting this and not wanting that is not particularly important or helpful …
 
The conventional idea of sanity is a basic stability that isn’t lost in the disorganization or chaos. Some people have a natural ability to do that. They are probably not on this particular spiritual path, which is extremely complicated and is going to take some work. Sanity is already the case - you don’t have to become sane, just be responsible f…
 
We’re all crazy in some way. We’re confused and have conflicting emotions. The idea here is to see if we can’t ruin that by finding some way to go into the incredibly elaborate structure of insanity, its bulwarks, stand-ins, and ways of keeping your wisdom mind from awakening. You’re already awake; you just need to uncover that. Look at the crazine…
 
When you’re working with a radical, simple meditation process or even in your everyday life, the idea is to touch on whatever’s arising. Don’t maintain it, just observe. It’s not a demand, it’s just very simple. That way you’re acknowledging what’s arising but you’re not adding a story to it. Don’t shut it out with anger or acceptance. This is the …
 
So far, we are free - kind of. But, if you believe, disbelieve or ignore your thought patterns, you’re not free; you’re in a prison of your own making - hopes for this, fear of that - it’s a set up. The “selfie” I’m talking about is the seventh consciousness. It’s not easy to understand. It’s the aspect of consciousness called the klesha mind, also…
 
This teaching comes out of the Tiantai, or Tendai tradition, which came to Japan around the ninth century. It is similar to Zen Buddhism. The four moments are: forethought, immanent arising, actual arising and passing away. This is about seeing the actual coming and going of things, much more stark, much more vivid, and empty of a self and empty of…
 
There are sixteen vows, but the basic vow is to be with all things. Whatever arises in your life stream, don’t object to it, don’t agree with it and certainly don’t ignore it. Those are the three poisons. It’s incredibly simple, yet impossible to accomplish. The vow to save all beings, to put others before yourself begins with seeing how selfish yo…
 
Taking no position requires you to notice the way you move spontaneously from what shows up to a position about it. This is what you need to see. It’s not something you need to figure out, change or modify. Don’t accept anything. You can actually function just fine without a center, without a me. We get our identity from our descriptions of what we…
 
Something triggers us and we have an intense emotional reaction. This is totally appropriate: It’s called dependent origination. The emotion is just a feeling and it doesn’t belong to anyone. We differentiate and divide things up in such a way that we take ownership and add on that it shouldn’t be there. We want things to be different than they are…
 
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