We and They

12/03/11  New Delhi, India

From this talk: “Before being whatever religion, you’re just a human being. You have a body, you have a mind, you have this reality. We have a heart, and sometimes it’s painful. Let’s come back to this reality itself.”

Topics covered include interdependence, connections with traditions and teachers, problems with mindfulness, and the meaning of One Dharma. There is chanting in Hindi at the beginnning and a guided meditation during the second half of the podcast with Yamashita sensei’s One Dharma Method. Many of the ideas he outlines in the later part of this talk are tied to what has become known as Buddhism 3.0 in Japan.

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Right Mindfulness, Wrong Mindfulness

12/18/11  

From this talk: “When we observe from the Blue Sky point of view, this is true mindfulness.”

Topics covered include avoiding confusion between traditions, form and formlessness, true mindfulness, and the cloud of anxiety.

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Meditation for Humanity

12/17/11  

From this talk: “Meditation’s not a personal thing anymore..as humanity itself, we should meditate to advance one step further. It means from the world of thinking mind. Now everywhere…we are already reaching the limit…[there are] so many environmental problems, so many psychological problems. So now humanity, as a race, we are already reaching some kind of dead end. But I think it’s very good. Extremely good. Why? Because if we reach a dead end, it means, a dead end of one stage. The dead end of thinking mind…Now we can say goodbye to all of these kinds of things. We can only say goodbye when things don’t work well. .”

Topics covered include the truth the Japanese discovered after the great 2011 earthquake and tsunami, attachment to thinking mind, and form and formlessness..

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(This episode’s photo was taken 3 June, 2015 at Soma in Fukushima, Japan. Yamashita-sensei and a group of retreat participants held a walking meditation ceremony on the coastline in memory of the tsunami victims of March 11, 2011.)

Contentment With the Present Moment

12/08/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “[Desire] means you are saying “no” to your present state. But now you said “yes.” You are content. That’s why your desire will disappear.”

Topics covered include subtle consciousness, the problem of dulling yourself down, desire, and leaving the world of thinking mind. With a question and answer period at the end.

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The Cessation of Hatred

12/06/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who harbor such thoughts, hatred will never cease. He abused me, he beat me, he defeated me, he robbed me. In those who do not harbor such thoughts, hatred will cease. For hatred does not cease by hatred at any time. Hatred ceases by love. This is an old rule – from the Dhammapada

Topics covered include the freedom not to judge, the structure of negative emotions, the problem of “no” and “yes,” and an explication of the famous verses from the Dhammapada’s first chapter. With a question and answer period at the end.

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Who is Mindful?

12/27/12  pt.2  Goa, India

From this talk: “If you can improve your relationship with family members, then you can be called a good practitioner.”

Topics covered include: Tich Nhat Hanh, the importance of practicing with others, the anapanasati sutta, and the four foundations of mindfulness

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Compassion and the Ego

12/27/12  Goa, India

From this talk: “The purpose of compassion meditation is how to have a relationship based on compassion with [everybody].”

Topics covered include: Real freedom, some benefits of meditation, mindful eating, mindfulness in everyday life, and compassion.

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Young Global Leaders Meditation Workshop

9/14/14  Hounen-in, Kyoto, Japan

With Issho Fujita

An introductory talk on meditation given to the Young Global Leaders Forum, a project of the World Economic Forum. YGL is “a community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future.” Issho Fujita speaks for the first 25 minutes (the very beginning of his talk is cut), followed by Yamashita-sensei.

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Silence

9/2/13  Henson-so, Mungyeong, Korea – Day 3

English / Korean

From this talk: “During the retreat we really concentrate on touching Silence. Then after the retreat you go back to your daily situation. Then how to keep a connection with the Silence is your job.”

Topics covered include: Endless thinking, walking meditation, zen metaphor, and touching the silent world.

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The Universal Subject

9/1/13  Henson-so, Mungyeong, Korea – Day 2

English / Korean

From this talk: “You don’t have to know any texts at all, but you have to be very honest about yourself. ”

Topics covered include: Knowing oneself, what all the traditions are talking about, the importance of failure in meditation, and meditation and creativity.

Compassion Meditation (Part 2) and Anapanasati

This week we present the final section of  Yamashita-sensei’s  One Dharma Meditation Method.  This is also a guided meditation. We’ll pick up with Dharma talks from the 2013 Korean retreat next week.

Here Yamashita-sensei introduces two more approaches to Compassion Meditation (慈悲瞑想、jihi-meisou, in Japanese). In the One Dharma Method compassion is practiced after Inner Body Meditation , once the thinking mind has settled down.  The appearance of compassion is considered a clear sign that one has entered the “Blue Sky” of awareness and the first compassion meditation is a traditional means of cultivating this quality.

The two sections of this week’s compassion meditation should only be practiced in conjunction with the first part. In other words, Compassion Part 2 should not be practiced unless compassion has already been established through Compassion Part 1 (for reasons Yamashita-sensei mentions in the podcast).

The final part of this podcast is the guided meditation for anapanasati, or breath awareness. Following the One Dharma Method, this object of meditation is taken up last.

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Retreat in Goa, 2013

Retreat in Goa, 2013

Compassion Meditation (Part 1)

The next several podcasts proceed with instructions for Yamashita-sensei’s  One Dharma Meditation Method.  We’ll pick up with the 2013 Korean retreat where we left off in a few weeks.

Yamashita-sensei introduces Compassion Meditation (慈悲瞑想、jihi-meisou, in Japanese) which in the One Dharma Method is generally practiced after Inner Body Meditation . The appearance of compassion is considered a clear sign that one has entered the “Blue Sky” of awareness.

The Monkey Can’t Meditate

12/7/13  Deer Park, Himachal Pradesh,  India

From this talk:  “ (Some say) “I thought meditation was taming the monkey mind!” No, actually not. You can never tame the monkey.”

Topics covered include: Form and formlessness, monkey mind and meditation, an outline of the “One Dharma Method,” and a new basis for relationship.

Deer Park Dharma Talk

Deer Park Dharma Talk