Real Medicine

12/21/13  AM,   Goa,  India

From this talk:  “With your new identity you cannot have any negativity. This and compassion are the same. No negative emotion can survive in the dimension of compassion.”

Topics covered include: Real medicine, the new dimension, the difference between ego and monkey mind, the right tool for meditation, and overcoming negativity.

Regaining Mental Health

12/20/13  AM,   Goa,  India

From this talk:  “Let’s focus on our own minds. This is the most important point.”

Topics covered include: Yamashita-sensei’s self-introduction, pitfalls in approaching the Dharma, Right Attitude, problems in relationships, and a strategy for handling “monkey mind.”

The Meaning of Mindfulness

12/20/13  PM   Goa,  India

From this talk:  “Why does mindfulness really change the game?”

Topics covered include: The real meaning of mindfulness, updating Buddhism, realizing you’re a patient, when meditation doesn’t work, and the ego’s game

After the Retreat

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

Walking Meditation
Walking Meditation in front of the Dharma Hall, Deer Park Institute, Bir, India

From this talk:  “Little by little you enter into the dimension of the Blue Sky. Then, standing in the Blue Sky, you finally 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.

The Blue Sky

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

Himalayas, Deer Park Center, UP
A view of Himalayas from Deer Park, Bir, UP, 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.

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
Dharma Talk in the Dharma Hall of Deer Park, Bir, India

Getting Out of Prison

12/5/13  Deer Park, Himachal Pradesh,  India

From this talk:  “If we can change our minds, the world itself will be different.”

Topics covered include: Not realizing you’re locked up,  thinking mind and true identity, and a different approach to problems

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.

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.

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.