Dharma Talk – 16 October 2016

This Dharma talk was given by Ven. Charama on October 16, 2016. CASE 29 Hui-neng: “Not the Wind; Not the Flag” THE CASE Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, “The flag moves.” The other said, “The wind moves.” They argued back and forth but could not agree. … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk – September 18, 2016 (Rev. Jachong)

Today’s Dharma Talk (titled “Zen is Boring”) was given by Rev. Jachong. Recently on a family vacation I realized something: we are afraid of the moment. We are addicted to not being in the moment. Is this moment too scary? Is this moment too painful? Does this moment remind of us something that we don’t … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk: September 4, 2016

Ven. Charama gave this Dharma talk at this evening’s service – September 4, 2016. “What’s Love Got to Do With It?” Several years ago, I began to ponder the phrase from the Dhammapada “Only love dispels hate.” What I concluded led to the creation of our sangha – the Only Love Zen Sangha. Lately, however, … [Read more…]

Love Works…How?

The terrorist attack in Orlando is heartbreaking. Fifty people lost their lives and about that many were injured in what has been called the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. I grieve for families and friends who lost loved ones…or who now sit beside loved ones in the hospital, hoping and praying. Violence always sickens … [Read more…]

I Want a Ph.D. in Bodhisattva

I have a soft spot in my heart for animals. For example, to me there’s nothing sadder than a bird with a broken or deformed wing. There’s a goose in our neighborhood born without feathers on his wings. He waits around every winter for his friends to return to the pond. There’s a female duck … [Read more…]

Routine and the Illusion of Control

I was talking to one of my Great Students this past weekend. The topic was change. I explained that the reason why people are so unnerved by a change in their life (births, deaths, divorces, job losses, friends walking away from them, hospitalization, etc.) is because up to that point, they’ve enjoyed what I call … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk – May 22, 2016

This is a transcript of the Dharma talk given by Ven. Charama at the Only Love Zen Sangha, May 22, 2016. “How’s Your Karma Practice?” I want you to remember a verse from the Dhammapda reading (Chapter 23) today: To have friends in need is sweet
 And to share happiness.
 And to have done something … [Read more…]