Kwan Yin Goddess of Compassion

Here is something I wrote for the “blessing of the hands” event that is held each year at the University of Utah Hospital. Traditions from all over the valley come together to give spiritual support for all of the hospital caretakers, from janitorial staff, to surgeons. The blessing of the hands is returning after a…

A Bejeweled Life

Dharma Talk – Aesha Drozdowski Last week, my employer initiated a webinar series inviting all colleagues to participate. The topics will vary but will center around how we can support one another as we recover from several waves of the pandemic.  The first topic was “Caring for Each Other: Managing Moral Distress”. It provided an…

In Praise of Failure

Dharma Talk – Christopher Kakuyo Leibow For today’s dharma talk, I want to start with a personal story. Let me paint you a picture. I’m about 43. I am sitting on the floor in a small room in a stranger’s house with my back against a wall. It’s late. I am watching reruns of Perry…

Dharma Glimpse: Learning Patience

Dharma Glimpse – Sharon Aaron The Sangha has been part of my life for about the last 8 years. The Buddha, the Dharma and the Sangha have been front and center! I love my practice and the opportunity I have had to learn, to grow, and to serve. That said I was very surprised and…

On Humility: The Path of Studentship

DHARMA TALK by CHRISTOPHER KAKUYO Today I want to share a few thoughts on humility. Some years ago, I came across a profound teaching by Nubuo Haneda in his book dharma breeze. In the first chapter, he recounts the origins of the Shin Buddhist tradition when Shinran meets his teacher Honen. Here is the passage….

Dharma Glimpse: ” I can see clearly now, the rain is gone “

DHARMA GIMPLSE BY JOSEPH CALDIERO Here is the Dharma glimpse; Shinran Shonin said, “Although I too am within Amida’s grasp passions obstruct my eyes and I cannot see him; nevertheless, great compassion is untiring and illumines me always. “ quoted in Shinjin, 17 In light of this statement I’ll tell you a story to help…

Dharma Glimpse: Imperfection

Rachel Kosin-Yo Becker A few weeks ago, our Sensei gave a talk on imperfection. I thought the fact that he gave this talk was serendipitous. Earlier that morning I had walked by some spots on the carpeting in the hall of my house. Looking at the spots I thought, “Ugh! Why did I pick this…

Attend to All and Each

Dharma Talk Salt Lake Buddhist FellowshipChristopher Kakuyo Sensei As I am working on the content for our certified dharma teacher course, I have been thinking about what makes our fellowship unique. First of all, we are different because the Pure Land tradition and its teachers inspire many of us, but we are not a Shin…

ZEN KOANS No Imitation and Beyond Reason

DHARMA GLIMPSE BY AESHA Drozdowski – OCTOBER 2ND 2021 As some of you may be aware, I am in the process of completing the Bright Dawn Lay Ministry program. Bright Dawn Center for Oneness was founded by Rev. Gyomay Kubose and spiritual leadership was passed on to his son, Reverend Koyo Kubose in 1998. The…

THE WAY OF THE FOOLISH BEING

DHARMA TALK BY CHRISTOPHER KAKUYO SENSEI It is interesting how wandering through a bookstore on an unremarkable Wednesday can change your life forever. During one of those Wednesdays, while I was randomly walking the aisles of Ken Sander’s bookstore looking for something to read, I serendipitously found what I didn’t know I was looking for….