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StoneWater Zen Talks is a series of dharma talks by David Keizan Scott Roshi of the StoneWater Zen Sangha in Liverpool, UK. Rev Dr David Keizan Shoji Scott is the founder and leader of the StoneWater Zen Sangha. He is an ordained Buddhist priest and lineage holder in the Soto Zen school, having received Shiho (Dharma transmission) from Tenshin Fletcher Roshi in October 2009 and Inka (final seal of approval) in 2019. Keizan Roshi is also a widely published writer on Japan, Zen Buddhism, compa ...
 
These "micro meditations" are for anyone who is at a distance from a Buddhist meditation group, doesn't have a lot of time to practice, as well as for those who just need a reminder in their day to stay focused. "Micro Meditations" are meant to inspire you on your Zen practice journey where ever you might be. No more excuses as to why you can not practice in this moment. These encouraging words are between 1 and 4 minutes long. They are based in the experience of Soto Zen Buddhist priest and ...
 
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Everything means something and yet everything means exactly what the words are. When the Buddha was challenged by Mara, he touched the earth in the sparsa mudra, saying the, “The earth is my witness.” The foot is the earth in motion. Return to your original, fundamental situation – your body/mind complex. Keep it very basic, minimal, radical. Sit d…
 
The three existential aspects are the nature of being in the dynamic we call the human realm of desire. It is another way of talking about the three marks of existence. The basic suffering is discontent, wanting things to be different. Impermanence is the existential aspect that all compounded things will go away. It won’t last. See how each of the…
 
See the impulse before it gets its hooks into you and takes you on a journey to do this or that. Any kind of directionality, including stopping, moving away or moving towards is ignorance. It’s sometimes called prejudice because we don’t see what we’re ignoring. There’s an impulse, then another impulse – they get layered up very quickly out of hope…
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk was recorded in March 2021 in the Stonewater Online Zendo on zoom. For more information about Stomewaterzen, our weekly schedule on zoom and online retreats please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talks valuable please consider supporting Stonewaterzen by donating. To donate…
 
Sometimes our real questions are hiding in the gnarled up tree branches, covering up what we really want to know. A strong question elicits a strong response. How can we know what we don’t know, what we are unsure of? Not being sure on the mundane path is a difficulty. On the spiritual path, feeling like you don’t know is the open space that has th…
 
Less is better. When I say reduce the production, I mean everything, especially language. It’s not so much about control; you can’t really control your thoughts. As you’re talking to someone, notice the space between the words. Start by expanding the space first. Even though you know what you’re about to say, give it a little more room. The spaciou…
 
When training the mind, the idea is to get some depth rather than wandering around on the surface. Most of the world is on the surface; that’s materialism. It appears you can control it. We don’t see what’s moving, only what we think is moving. Depth needs to appear surface. Just look at the surface. That’s where the laminations are.https://www.you…
 
We put ourselves into the corral of either-or. I say don’t give me either-or questions unless you’re really clear about the need to do it that way. Im not doing away with that aspect of consciousness; the tendency to be selective is very seductive. Don’t take a position or reject the one that arises right in front of you. The conclusion is just a s…
 
When the six sense fields are cooperating with the five skandhas, it creates an illusion so real that we believe it. It’s an astonishing synchronization. The basic difficulty here is the 7th consciousness, the mind bully or paranoid aspect that believes there is someone in control. At some point, the boundary between what feels like meditation and …
 
Welcome to StoneWaterZen Talks This talk was recorded in February 2021 in the Stonewater Online Zendo on zoom. For more information about Stomewaterzen, our weekly schedule on zoom and online retreats please visit our website https://www.stonewaterzen.org/ If you find these talks valuable please consider supporting Stonewaterzen by donating. To don…
 
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