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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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 2) and Anapanasati

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

Retreat in Goa, 2013

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