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.)

Living as Blue Sky

12/09/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “We are Blue Sky from the beginning, but with our thinking mind we couldn’t understand. Why? Because our thinking mind can understand only the world of form. Why? Because our thinking mind itself is form.”

Topics covered include remembering one’s original intention, the power of No and Yes, the pitfall of meditating with thinking mind, and Blue Sky, clouds, and identity. With a question and answer period at the end.

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Beyond Thinking Mind

12/07/12   Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India

From this talk: “Suffering is self-created. That’s it. You made it. You created the suffering…but I’m not blaming you. I’m giving you hope.”

Topics covered include the first noble truth, criticizing mind, identifying as thinking mind, and who watches the breath. With a question and answer period at the end, including discussion about morality and saying “yes,” and saying “yes” in the face of social problems.

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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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Beyond Traditions

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “You don’t have to become a so-called Buddhist. You don’t have to become the member of such and such an organization. You can always start from you.”

Topics covered include the similarity between Zen and early Buddhism, conflict between religious traditions, ancient methods and modern people, the unity of old  and new identity, and form and formlessness.

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Just Say Yes

12/28/12   Goa, India

From this talk: “Just saying yes to your present situation, finally your dissatisfaction has ended…that is the meaning of staying in the present moment.”

Topics covered include: habitual tendencies, freedom from external circumstances, contentment with the present moment, and the difference between “no” and “yes.”

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Body in the Body

12/27/12  pt.3 Goa, India

From this talk: “If you want to feel inside the body, you really have to let go of thinking mind.”

A brief talk followed by “inner body awareness meditation” instructions. This is the first part of Yamashita-sensei’s “One Dharma Method.”

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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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A Change of Identity

6/30/13   Hualien, Taiwan – Day 3

English / Mandarin

From this talk: “Your identity is changing. You are White Clouds. But now you know, you are also Blue Sky.”

Topics covered include: confusion with words of enlightened teachers, just sitting, view from the new dimension, and practical advice for applying meditation in daily life.

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Meditation and Society

6/29/13   Hualien, Taiwan – Day 2

English / Mandarin

From this talk: “This new dimension, how can we go there? All the paths to this new dimension exist already inside [oneself]”

Topics covered include: a new dimension, two things we need for practice, perfect equanimity, perfect acceptance, and life and death from the blue sky.

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The Power of Acceptance

6/28/13   Hualien, Taiwan – Day 1

English / Mandarin

From this talk: “Observing things as they are, it means observing things with acceptance.”

Topics covered include: Likes and dislikes, objective observation, acceptance, and the fundamental mistake.

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Who Meditates?

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

English / Korean

From this talk: “Unless you understand this change of identity, meditation doesn’t work.”

The final Dharma talk from the 2013 Korea retreat.

Topics covered include: the most difficult point in meditation, the role of trust in practice, the ego’s tricks, and the world of Blue Sky and clouds.

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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 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.

After the Retreat

12/9/13  Deer Park, Himachal Pradesh,  India

From this talk:  “Little by little you enter into the dimension of the Blue Sky. Then, standing in the Blue Sky, finally you can deal with the white clouds. Your thought, your emotion. Everything.”

Topics covered include: Thinking addiction, dysfunctional relationships, clouds of anxiety and attraction, and the view from the Blue Sky .

Walking Meditation

Walking Meditation

The Blue Sky

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

From this talk:  “ We have clouds, but at the same time our essence is Blue Sky. So when can we enter the Blue Sky? Any time we realize it.”

Topics covered include: Real happiness, the secret of mindfulness, the essential point of observation, Blue Sky and the world of clouds, and Engaged Buddhism.

Note: Questions from the Q&A at the end may be difficult to hear, but the content is clear from the answers. Also, a video on the “Blue sky and clouds” topic  from a 2012 talk in Japan called “Healing Power” is available on the New and News page.

Himalayas, Deer Park Center, UP

Himalayas, Deer Park Center, UP

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

Welcome to the One Dharma International Podcast

The One Dharma International Podcast presents a collection of Ven. Ryodo Yamashita’s English language Dharma talks. From the mountains of Japan to the jungles of Burma, Yamashita-sensei has 30 years of experience practicing and teaching meditation. His non-sectarian approach focuses on his “One Dharma Meditation Method.” The talks presented here are mostly from retreats held outside Japan, especially in India and Taiwan. They explore how we can transform our hearts and give birth to a new world here in the 21st century.

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