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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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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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.
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.
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.