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StoneWater Zen Talks is a series of dharma talks by David Keizan Scott Roshi of the StoneWater Zen Sangha in Liverpool, UK. Rev Dr David Keizan Shoji Scott is the founder and leader of the StoneWater Zen Sangha. He is an ordained Buddhist priest and lineage holder in the Soto Zen school, having received Shiho (Dharma transmission) from Tenshin Fletcher Roshi in October 2009 and Inka (final seal of approval) in 2019. Keizan Roshi is also a widely published writer on Japan, Zen Buddhism, compa ...
 
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 ...
 
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When the six sense fields are cooperating with the five skandhas, it creates an illusion so real that we believe it. It’s an astonishing synchronization. The basic difficulty here is the 7th consciousness, the mind bully or paranoid aspect that believes there is someone in control. At some point, the boundary between what feels like meditation and …
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk was recorded in February 2021 in the Stonewater Online Zendo on zoom. For more information about Stomewaterzen, our weekly schedule on zoom and online retreats please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talks valuable please consider supporting Stonewaterzen by donating. To don…
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk on case 43 of the Book of Equanimity 'Razan's Arising and Vanashing' was recorded during the Stonewaterzen Online Zazenkai in February 2021. For more information about Stomewaterzen, online retreats and our weekly schedule on zoom please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talk…
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk on case 23 of the Hekiganroku 'The Summit of the Mystic Peak' was recorded during the Stonewaterzen Online Zazenkai in February 2021. For more information about Stomewaterzen, online retreats and our weekly schedule on zoom please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talks valua…
 
Hard discipline is about hierarchy and chain of command, like the military. Some monasteries also have strict forms that are about control and manipulation under the pretense of training your mind. Softer forms are about understanding the nature of form and awareness of the form. The fundamental understanding comes from observing the form, not obey…
 
We train our minds to help us understand the thought patterns that operate out of impulse and desire, controlled by causes and conditions. You have to see it yourself. Start at the surface; sit down, hold still, and watch what you cannot prevent from moving. Look more and more deeply into whatever is arising and the space within which it occurs. It…
 
When training the mind, the idea is to get some depth rather than wandering around on the surface. Most of the world is on the surface; that’s materialism. It appears you can control it. We don’t see what’s moving, only what we think is moving. Depth needs to appear surface. Just look at the surface. That’s where the laminations are.https://www.you…
 
How can we communicate in the midst of our preconceptions? We laminate or comment on the very thing we are trying to investigate. Don’t interpret just because you can. Acknowledge you don’t know and make receiving the priority. Be with all things; listen to everyone. Then if you need to respond, you will do that out of what arises in your awareness…
 
Radical is from a latin word meaning root. Going to the foundation, the substrate, or root is what shikantaza is. There is no mundane sense of progress particularly. If the thinking process shows up as some kind of result, you have work to do. Just receiving and not being too concerned about how you feel about it is the radical meditation of shikan…
 
Does all apparent negativity come from ourselves? Suffering, dissatisfaction, and anxiety; recurring negativity and thought patterns. The momentum needs to be seen closely before it actually gets a foothold. Praise and blame are extra, and are all about getting control. Watch what comes until you see the disturbance.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=…
 
That aspect of causality that’s ignored because we want a result is the deeper cause and effect which goes beyond the physical form, beyond the illusion of the three dimensions. What is this human experience? Don’t jump to conclusions; the main issue is mistaken identity.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obWnPPV5oNY…
 
What underlies the stories we get hooked by? What is the difference between observing and noticing or observing and receiving? What does it mean that the wall is the buddha, the dharma and the sangha? These and other questions from sangha elicit profound and unexpected responses from Sokuzan.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xa1m_qAoUFI…
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks If you find these talks valuable please consider supporting Stonewaterzen by donating To donate simply use the link below https://www.paypal.com/donate?hosted_button_id=VME4SMQZC6CWU We rely on your support to continue sharing this life changing practice.By David Keizan Scott Roshi
 
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