Dharma Talk: “Our Witness”

NOTE: The following Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, November 12th, 2017: It amazes me (although, by now it shouldn’t) that Zen practitioners train – sometimes for decades! – to avoid dualism, “making something,” letting the stopper out of the bottle, and living in the realm of concepts. We pride ourselves in … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk: “Giraffes Are Selfish”

NOTE: The following Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, October 31st, 2017: I love The Andy Griffith Show. For my money, Barney Fife is one of the greatest TV characters ever written. A lot can be learned from TAGS, as it’s affectionately known among fans. For example, in Season 3, Episode 30 … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk: “Form is emptiness, emptiness is form”

NOTE: The following Dharma talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, October 15, 2017. We recite the Heart Sutra in every service, sometimes even daily – as Buddhists around the world have for millennia. So we can’t say we don’t know what the noble Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva says to Shariputra: form is emptiness, emptiness is … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk: “I’d like a pound of justice, please”

NOTE: The following Dharma talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, September 17, 2017. Given some of the Facebook posts I’ve read lately, it appears people could benefit from a study of epistemology, the theory of knowledge: “how do we know what we know?” A lot of things can keep a person from seeing … [Read more…]