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Update on September 16, 2020
Three Dharma talks from the 2018 international retreat at Vajradhatu and meditation instruction 2018 version have been added. Enjoy!
Day 3 (the last day) of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat in Vajuradhatu
In this final Dharma talk, Ven Yamashita once again lays out what mindfulness truly means. Mindfulness, an impossible attempt for our ordinary mind, and yet the Lord Buddha tasked us to do, is the bridge for us to cross to the other shore. In order for this to work; however, we need a careful understanding of how we are made, double-structured nature.
This talk is followed by a question and answer session.
This is the 2nd Dharma Talk given at the 2018 Mindfulness and Zen retreat at Vajradhatu, Pune, India.
“The Buddha’s path is your path. Buddhism is about you, and every single one of us. So it is quite important that we understand the Prince Siddhartha’s story as our own”. By using Siddhartha’s two different approaches for enlightenment as an example, Ven. Yamashita explains the pitfall of trying to control our minds and what really means to take the middle way.
This is the introductory Dharma Talk given on the 1st day of 2018 Mindfulness and Zen retreat at Vajradhatu, Pune, India.
In this talk, Ven. Yamashita explains the reason why we need subtle body meditation, which is the first part of the One Dharma Method. Subtle body meditation is an “exit’ from our mind-maid stories that we call “suffering”. How so?
Topics covered include: the reason why mindfulness is so difficult (spoiler alert: because it is impossible), our double-structured nature, the difference between ordinary knowing and mindful knowing, how we cross to the other shore, and so on.
The talk is followed by a question and answer session. Questions are difficult to hear, but you can hear it in the teacher’s answer.
Day 1 of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat at Deer Park Institute
Have you ever been fascinated by mindfulness? Have you ever tried it but found it difficult to remain in that state and wondered why? If your answer is yes, this is the talk for you. Because you know from your own experience that speaking sweetly about mindfulness is never helpful enough. Then what should we do? “We need a strategy,” says Ven. Yamashita. Our mind acts quite contrary to what mindfulness entails. But there is a solution. This Dharma talk invites you to understand how our mind operates in order to understand mindfulness.
Note: If you are interested in the subtle body meditation mentioned in the Dharma talk, you can try it with the guided meditation instruction available at https://en.onedhamma.com/meditation-2/
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.” Ven. Issho Fujita speaks for the first 25 minutes (the very beginning of his talk is cut), followed by Yamashita-sensei.
From this talk: “If your mind created this anxiety, your mind can also stop this anxiety.”
Topics covered include: Yamashita-sensei’s background and connection with Deer Park (Himachal Pradesh, India), an explanation of Blue Sky (Clear Sky) Meditation, the meaning of Dharma, and the cause of anxiety and how to handle it.