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…]

August Break

We will suspend sittings and teachings at The Only Love Zen Sangha during the month of August, starting today (July 17th). We traditionally step back from the sangha every August. But this year has been especially tiring for many, many reasons. So this year’s break is sorely needed. We will resume again in September.