Next Sitting – January 15th

Because of the holidays, we decided to take the month of December (and the first half of January) off to spend it with family and friends. Life is hectic enough without adding driving in Michigan’s Winter Wonderland during the Christmas rush – not the mention the Near Year’s festivities – on top of it. So, … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk – 20 November 2016

NOTE: This Dharma talk was given by Ven. Charama on November 20th, 2016. Title: “2 of 4” No, the title isn’t a reference to another human/Borg hybrid like Seven of Nine on Star Trek: Voyager. Today’s Dharma talk is about the Four Noble Truths, specifically one that I believe is often overlooked – even by … [Read more…]

Dharma Talk – 30 October 2016

Today’s Dharma Talk (titled “Happiness Doesn’t Exist”) was given by Rev. Jachong. So let me ask you…How do YOU define happiness? Is it money? Is it a big house or a fancy trip to exotic places? Is it family? Is it health and well-being? What is it? You probably already know that I practice Zen, … [Read more…]

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…]