The Grace of Parents and Other People

  The past few dharma talks were based on this idea, a quote form Daesan a Buddhist teacher, “ There is a reason why we have two eyes. One is for looking inward and observing our mind, and the other is for looking outward and finding Grace.” In some ways, these simple lines are a…

Oneness and the Four Graces

a dharma talk given at the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship July 15th, 2018 For the past few Sundays, we have been talking about gratitude and about some of the things that get in the way of us experiencing the transformative kind of gratitude that can change our lives and lead us to our awakening. I…

The Problem with Deserving

From a Dharma talk delivered at the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship 7/8/2018 Let’s start our talk today with a few questions – how many of you have rationalized or justified something that you knew wasn’t good for you because your “deserved it”? How did your thinking go? What logic did you use? Have you ever…

The Need for Quiet.

    “It’s important to take time to have some quiet moments in our lives, otherwise we get caught up in the busy-ness of always having something going on.” So opens Gyomay Kubose Sensei on his chapter about Quietness in The Center Within. I don’t know about you, but I know that I am entangled…

The Grace of Oneness

Z “ This realization of oneness involves the highest type of communication and respect.  IF your life is realized in this sense…you would see that the whole world supports you.  You exist because others; everything supports your life.  This totality, this oneness evokes a gratitude and a great joy beyond explanation.” Gyomay Kubose   We live…

Driving, Delusions and the Dharma

  I would like to start our my dharma glimpse with a poem from the Venerable Robina Curtin; she is a Tibetan Buddhist nun in Australia, I love its matter-of-factness of her lines. “We’re all mentally ill. We’re all delusional. We’re all junkies. It’s just a matter of degree. “ I like how she embraces…

Three Treasures Reading( well sort of).

This post is about a something that happened to me when preparing for our Sangha’s summer Ti Sarana ceremony.  I was typing up our Ti Sarana program when I came to the part after the homage to the Buddha, that says, Three Treasures Reading in bold. Somehow it did not register that this line was…

Unskillful Action: Cultivating Ignorance

The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance. Gautama Buddha I have been thinking of this lately. About how many of us suffer but we do not know why we suffer, we are ignorant of the real causes and conditions of our suffering.  I have also been thinking of a different kind of ignorance….

Deep Listening as Buddhist Practice

A Dharma Glimpse   “Deep listening is more than hearing with our ears, but taking in what is revealed in any given moment with our body, our being, our heart.”  –  Susan McHenry I have been thinking a lot about listening lately.  Actually, I think about it a lot.  For many years I thought I…

Out of Work Bodhisattvas

Lately I have been thinking of all the out of work Bodhisattvas wandering around smiling with signs saying, “ Will Gladly Share Merit” as people shuffle by with their heads down, some saying, “No thanks, I don’t need any.”  Others just pointing at the goody two shoes, laughing at them, “them bleeding heart liberals” they…