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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!

True Meaning of Mindfulness

December 7th, 2018, Pune, India

Day 3 (the last day) of 2018 Zen and Mindfulness Retreat in Vajuradhatu

A view from Vajuradhatu Retreat Center, Pune

In this final Dharma talk, Ven Yamashita once again lays out what mindfulness truly means. Mindfulness, an impossible undertaking to 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 of ours.

This talk is followed by a question and answer session.

Middle Way in a New Light

December 6th, 2018, Pune, India

Remains of East gate, Kapilavastu castle, Nepal. Prince Siddhartha’s journey started here.

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.

Why subtle body meditation?

December 5th, 2018, Pune, India

Dharma Talk (somehow we do not have Dharma talk photo of 2018. This is from 2019 Vajradhatu Retreat)

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.

Young Global Leaders Meditation Workshop

Ven. Yamashita teaching the subtle body meditation to the Young Global Leaders (class of 2014)

9/14/14  Hounen-in, Kyoto, Japan

With Ven. 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.” Ven. Issho Fujita speaks for the first 25 minutes (the very beginning of his talk is cut), followed by Yamashita-sensei.

Why Compassion?

12/28/13  PM,   New Delhi,  India

From this talk:  “Once you start your own meditation, you find your mind does not work as you think.”

Topics covered include: Mindfulness and problems in meditation, subject and object, the untrainable monkey mind, the fundamental misunderstanding, and the role of compassion in meditation

Anxiety and the Blue Sky

12/28/13  New Delhi,  India

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.