Dharma Talk: “If You See the Plato, Kill the Plato.”

NOTE: The following Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, February 25th, 2018: “If You See the Plato, Kill the Plato” One of the great benefits of Zen is that it can help cure us of the dualistic thinking the Western world inherited from Plato. Essentially, Plato posited that there’s an ideal somewhere … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk: “Death By Concepts”

  NOTE: The following Dharma Talk was given by Rev. Charama on Sunday, January 14, 2018: “Death By Concepts” It’s probable most people have heard of – perhaps have even eaten – the rich and decadent dessert called “Death By Chocolate.” Or, if you’re of a certain age (or if you have a yen for … [Read more…]

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…]