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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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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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.
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
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.