Haiku as Awareness Practice.

  I would like to talk about Kobayashi Issa and Haiku, well technically senryu as practice.  Haiku’s focus us usually nature and senryu is like haiku but the focus is primarily on human nature and emotion. For today, when I say haiku I mean both haiku and senryu.  So who is this Issa fellow.  He…

JUNETEENTH

Dharma Talk by Rachel Koshin-yo Today is an important day. Today, June 19, in 1865, enslaved African-Americans in  Texas were told that slavery had ended. This event happened two years after the  Emancipation Proclamation had been signed and 2 months after Robert E Lee had  surrendered at Appomattox. Today honors the day that the last…

Butterflies & Enlightenment

Dharma Talk by Alex Kakuyo Sensei A student sat down in front of their teacher and asked, “How do caterpillars become butterflies?”  The teacher replied, “They don’t, only butterflies can become butterflies.” This koan comes from my new book, “A Year of Zen Mindfulness”.  I like it because it describes my approach to teaching the…

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…