What are you carrying?

    For today’s dharma talk, I want to ask first a question, and then I want to share a story. Now I am going to ask you a question, and I want you to think about the question for a few moments and really think about it – What are you still carrying? What…

Attend to All and Each

Dharma Talk 8/23/2020Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship I want to start our dharma talk with a poem I wrote, one that we recite each Sunday before we chant. Here is the poem, Come as you areIs the call of BuddhaJust as you are Namu amida butsuIs the invitation we give To ourselvesTo othersTo all living beingsTo…

Already Broken: Impermanence

I would like to start our dharma discussion today with a story told by Mark Epstein one of the first therapists to integrate psychotherapy and buddhism- about an interaction he had with his teacher Ajahn Chah some years ago. Someone was asking the master how can there be real happiness in a world that is…

On Lack & Happines

ON LACK & Seeking Happiness Today I want to talk about a feeling that many of us experience – it can be persistent, and it can be the source of much suffering. Many of us may not even be aware of how much it affects us. For much of the world, this feeling is an…

Violence as Entertainment?

Today’s dharma talk has been retitled Violence as Entertainment? The seeds of this talk were first planted that moment, some of you know that moment when your kid becomes interested in some violence he sees on the TV screen. That moment when you grab him quick to avert his eyes. Of course, the only thing…

In Praise of Boredom

Good morning everyone, For today’s Dharma talk I would like to talk about boredom. As a matter of fact, I want to talk in praise of boredom. The title for this talk was inspired by a great book about Chinese philosophy regarding life called “In Praise of Blandness”. A fascinating and rather subversive book in…

The Gray Parrot & The Bodhisattva Vows

For today’s dharma talk I want to start with a story from a collection of stories from early Buddhism, called the Jataka tales. These tales consist of numerous anecdotes and fables that depict the Buddha in previous lives sometimes as an animal, sometimes as a human. The tales were written to give insight into the…

Freed from knowing.

I would like to start today’s Dharma talk with one of the most famous of the Zen Koans – Attention! Master Dizang asks Fayan,  “Where have you come from?” Fayan replies “I pilgrimage aimlessly,” “What is the purpose of your pilgrimage?” asks Dizang. “I don’t know,” replies Fayan. “Not knowing is the most intimate,” remarked…