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These "micro meditations" are for anyone who is at a distance from a Buddhist meditation group, doesn't have a lot of time to practice, as well as for those who just need a reminder in their day to stay focused. "Micro Meditations" are meant to inspire you on your Zen practice journey where ever you might be. No more excuses as to why you can not practice in this moment. These encouraging words are between 1 and 4 minutes long. They are based in the experience of Soto Zen Buddhist priest and ...
 
Two buddies getting to know our inner alchemy by exploring the stuff of spirituality. Join us while we discover the ancient ways of the monks... Please feel free to get in touch with any questions and feedback. We guarantee we might help you unravel your true essence. *gender neutral programming
 
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When we laugh aliens, we can see our preconceptions, our ideas and opinions. There are different levels or layers of consciousness. When you are sitting down and training your mind, you are entering those dimensions of your mind that you can’t actually access with your thinking process, although thinking may come along with it. What is this? Find o…
 
Because of our activity all day long, simple actions seem to work smoothly, like picking up a glass of water and taking a drink – total control. This is how the illusion of control keeps getting reinforced. The illusory quality shows up when we can’t get the results we want. Look more closely at control, at creating an outcome based on the assumpti…
 
Of the three jewels, the sangha may be the most important. Without it, nothing happens. From the time of the historical Buddha, there have been many changes as it moved to other countries from the cultural context in which it was nurtured, and it is still changing. In our community, The Order of Immediate Light, the first tenet is, "Consciousness A…
 
When observing that which seems to be wrong or off kilter, you may say, “This shouldn’t be happening,” or, “Why this is happening?” These comments actually cover up your reception; cover up your awareness of what is occurring in any given situation. As you’re watching your mind stream, I encourage you to observe the imbalance. The basic ignorance i…
 
The 90/10 rule is to listen 90% of the time and talk 10%. Something you can do right away is to receive any spontaneously produced reaction you have to anything or anybody that shows up in your mind stream. Instead of constantly producing something about everything, just receive it "as it is." You’ll know you’re receiving it "as it is," if you don’…
 
The conventional way we are living is very linear. We buy into anything that’s arising, coming and going, moving this way and that. The very simple and radical form of meditation practice called shikantaza can help us to see our attachment to this very subtle area. First, look at the upsizing quality and observe the way we add on to everything that…
 
Ego gets its identity from different sources that tend to propel us along. Anytime you assert anything, look at the connection between that and that which is feeding off it. This is the self-centeredness, where ego gets its payoff. When it comes in the form of strong beliefs, opinions and concepts, just watch. This is the sitting practice of medita…
 
First, it is your civic duty to vote to participate in your community and culture, even though you may feel unsupported by its form, structure and shortcomings. You are not on a mountaintop in ancient China. You are here right now. Participate! Second, it is your civic duty to protect the health of your sangha, your family and community which inclu…
 
Anytime you come to any conclusion, whether it’s just causes and conditions that arise and you suddenly see something a certain way, or you see something and you cover it up with a conclusion, it takes a lot if awareness training to see the difference between those. This is the beginning of discriminating awareness wisdom. It’s not about picking an…
 
Something arises and we abandon that. We abstract ourselves away into what it is about and what it means. We tend to analyze our life and our state of mind based on conceptualizing. It may have relative accuracy, but when it starts to take priority, it reinforces the attachment we have to who we think we are. Sokuzan refers to Dogen Zenji's teachin…
 
Belief is not helpful to the spiritual path. It is certainly helpful in making the self-centeredness feel secure so you don’t have to investigate. Don’t believe, but don’t disbelieve either, and don’t look away, the most difficult of the three. How do you train yourself to not look away?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbWb5een8Qg…
 
Consciousness has so many different levels. There are deeper, hidden or camouflaged areas of consciousness that most of us don’t even see. When we do sitting meditation, sometimes there are different kinds of experiences that show up in the mind that are unexplainable. How do we work with this?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uokadsJfjo…
 
There’s a very, very subtle production of the thinking process. It has such a low frequency that we can’t actually see we’re continually reaffirming a self, the narcissistic mind. The difficulty is when we grasp onto what arises in that domain and think it is substantial, that it is real. These hidden thoughts get hold of you and take your very bud…
 
In order for there to be equanimity or “upeksha” in Sanskrit, sometimes described as “balance”, you have to look at the imbalance. You begin to see deeply that the very people creating commotion and distress, you see that this is dependent arising happening and you give people the benefit of the doubt. Don’t try to modify anyone’s karma. You’re not…
 
There are different kinds of friendship. There are those friendships you have an affinity for with people who understand you well and care about you even with your neuroses. Then there are the kinds of friendship that you are forced into, like with your family. And then there’s the “kalayanamitra” or spiritual friend who may show up as someone in t…
 
What is a teacher? It’s an interesting situation when we meet someone who is going to teach us something. When it comes to the spiritual path the teacher can show up in so many different ways. Here Sokuzan responds to questions about the student-teacher relationship.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXXvlSe0Oy0…
 
Prajñāpāramitā - the last of the Six Paramitas - means "the Perfection of Wisdom," and refers to a perfected way of seeing the nature of reality: the causes and conditions of what is arising and what we see as relative truth that appears before us.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gadW3DlwsgBy Sokuzan
 
The Fourth Paramita, Vīrya literally means "state of a strong human" or "manliness." In Vedic literature, the term is often associated with heroism and virility. In Buddhism, the term more generally refers to a practitioner's "energy" or "exertion", "diligence", "effort". It can be defined as an attitude of gladly engaging in wholesome activities, …
 
It says in the Fourth Reminder, “I will cut desire and attachment and attain enlightenment through exertion." Meditation is about seeing the root of desire. The exertion is the intention to stay with that, to just observe. You are sharpening the blade of awareness.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUzwn-oXAEQ…
 
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