On January 1st, many people declare that they are going to make a change in their lives, when in actuality they are really just going to continue the same rote patterns and habits they always follow. This is Samsara, a revolving door where we are constantly moving but really never going anywhere.
The same applies to Zen practice--we run around in circles. Einstein famously said that we cannot solve a problem on the level that it occurs; in order to enact true change, we must solve the problem from the next, higher level. In Zen, that means that if your practice abides in the relative, then your practice will always remain there. In order to transcend the relative, with its attendant suffering, our practice must occur in the Absolute. That's what this week's Dharma talk is about.
Introduction and sound engineering by Tom Inzan Gartland.