What are you carrying?

For today’s dharma talk I want to first ask a question and then I want to share a story.   Now for the question and  I want you to think about it for a few moments before you answer. What are you still carrying?, What are you holding on to? Now before you settle on an…

Not knowing is the most intimate.

The Master would teach his students, “Understand your true self.” One day, one of his students asked him, “Do you understand your true self?” He said, “I don’t know. But I understand this ‘don’t know’.”   From a young age, many of us are afraid to be someone who doesn’t know. Maybe we are afraid…

Honoring the Pure Land: Eco-Dharma and Buddhist Practice

Over the past few months, we have been talking a lot about interdependence – which is found in the teachings of Pratitya–samutpada – co-dependent arising –  that all things exist simply from the causes and conditions that have made this moment this moment. This was the heart of the content of the Buddha’s awakening even…

Interdependence Guided Meditation

In this practice, we’ll be cultivating awareness of our interdependence – “During quietness, you breathe together with the whole world. We breathe as one.” – Gyomay Kubose Sensei GUIDED MEDITATION     Breathing in, Breathing out Feel the air filling your lungs as you breathe in and out feeling the air fill your lungs, Honor…

Generosity: The Primary Buddhist Virtue

Last week we were speaking about Dana – or the practice of generosity – from the receiving end and today we are going to talk about it from the giving end – We shared last week that there are preconceptions that Buddhism is all about meditation and kindness and how this is a partial misperception…

Joyful Receiving

  Today I want to share a little about the Buddhist practice of Dana, in Mahayana Buddhism, it is called the perfection of generosity and it is one of the six paramitas. For many Westerners, Buddhism is all about meditation but is a misperception. To only practice mediation would be like going to the gym…

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…

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…

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…