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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…
 
Notice how when something shows up you go to belief, disbelief or distraction. It’s very difficult to use relative concepts to see over time what that’s pointing to beyond the words. It’s not logical or reasonable. The ego mind will use that to turn you around because it wants you in that carnival. It’s terrified of the open space, of not knowing. …
 
I recommend 90/10: Listen 90 precent of the time; talk, express, or produce 10 percent. This is very difficult to do, but if you take that attitude, you may be able to do 50/50. Register more than just the auditory. Look at the color of the clothing, their body posture, the space around them. Receive what’s going on in your own body, the gravity th…
 
When you’re in conversation with someone, you can change the structure a little bit by receiving 90% of the time. Listen, receive. The idea with “90/10” is to move from producing to receiving what’s arising. Don’t add anything. You’ll be surprised at how much difficulty this can clear up. It will take awhile, perhaps quite awhile, before you can ac…
 
It might look very logical or reasonable when someone says something that we go into some kind of rotation in the mind where we try to figure things out. The phrases in our speech show us that we are not really looking at this. I’m not saying you can’t squeeze some relative happiness out of samsara. As a way of working with the tendency to be seduc…
 
Sometimes fixing is all you can do. This works in the area of relative truth, such as a flat tire. Your mind stream is not like that. The desire to fix overrides the ability to see what it actually is. We need to know what’s fundamentally going on. If you’re a meditator, you can work with your your anxiety or emotional state by way of observing tha…
 
These three links on the chain of existence are a difficult area. The feeling arises and there’s a wish to have more of it, to get rid of it or to ignore it. Any feeling that arises is going to have a positive, negative or neutral aspect to it. If we don’t like it, we want to go to something else. Blame is one way we do this. Don’t abandon the feel…
 
“What is risky about speaking in front of sangha that I want to control with the three poisons? The flood gates of negative thoughts just open.” Sokuzan responds to this and other questions from sangha. “It might feel risky in that we know people are agreeing, disagreeing, or judging what we say. People are going to take a position and there’s no w…
 
This is a dynamic we quite often use in looking at something we’ve done or need to do. Is it justified? There is no way you can tell. That doesn’t mean you wouldn’t do it anyway. Do the action you need to do, but don’t abandon your fundamental open responsibility by justifying it. Some people live their whole lives this way. You can justify anythin…
 
The important thing about actually helping someone to learn is to meet them “Where they’re at”, not to see that they come up to certain standards. Standards are based on controlling people. The way we get an education is not just memorizing a bunch of facts and formulas. The intelligence, understanding and perception of the student needs to be incl…
 
Quite often this is said to us by people who think they know more than we do: "Just let go." I say don’t do that. Anytime you sink your hooks into anything, just observe that: see the way you grasp. If we are talking about a situation in the emotional mindstream, don’t let go. It’s not about trying to get rid of anything. The underlying issue is mi…
 
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