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….

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, we are different because the Pure Land tradition and its teachers inspire many of us, but we are not a Shin Buddhist…

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…

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…

Violence as Entertainment?

Today’s dharma talk has been retitled Violence as Entertainment? The seeds of this talk were first planted that moment, some of you know that moment when your kid becomes interested in some violence he sees on the TV screen. That moment when you grab him quick to avert his eyes. Of course, the only thing…

In Praise of Boredom

Good morning everyone, For today’s Dharma talk I would like to talk about boredom. As a matter of fact, I want to talk in praise of boredom. The title for this talk was inspired by a great book about Chinese philosophy regarding life called “In Praise of Blandness”. A fascinating and rather subversive book in…

Not knowing is the most intimate.

The Master would teach his students, “Understand your true self.” One day, one of his students asked him, “Do you understand your true self?” He said, “I don’t know. But I understand this ‘don’t know’.”   From a young age, many of us are afraid to be someone who doesn’t know. Maybe we are afraid…

Meaningless Meaning

“ A reporter from a local newspaper came to our house to interview my wife about the Japanese tea ceremony. This report continually asked, “What is the meaning? What for? Why do you do that? What is the purposes for that?” This kind of question was directed at everything in the making tea – at…