In Memoriam: Sad News

Very Venerable Ni Su Thích Minh Chau (Fern Shin Getsu Myosen McGuire) and Thuong Toa Thích Minh Tri (Ken Hogaku Sho McGuire) died suddenly, within days of each other, during the third week of June 2012, in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  Both Ken Roshi and Fern Roshi ordained within the Soto Zen lineage of Soyo Matsuoka Roshi. They followed and led the way of the Zen Priest for many, many years. They were both recognized in a Transmission of the Light Ceremony, which welcomed them into the Vietnamese Lam Te Thien tradition in December 2010, by The Most Venerable Thích Ân Giáo Roshi.

Each and both: Great Masters, as well as great people.
Oh, how we miss them.
Listen and you will hear the echo of Fern Roshi’s Vajra question,
“Will it help my Zazen?”

Dharma Talk: Other Power (Medicine Buddha)

(From February, 2012, during a period of time when our Abbott Thich An Giao was in the hospital.)

Medicine Buddha (from Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhaisajyaguru)

Su Co Tam Huong discusses the concept of invoking Other Power, and how it is manifested within Buddhism (for example, invoking or chanting to Quan Yin Bodhisattva, Amida Buddha or Medicine Buddha*).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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*To hear the Medicine Buddha Mantra on YouTube, click here or simply visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oikIw01nzL4

May you, and all beings, be well and happy. – Su Co

Dharma Talk: Mudras

Su Co Tam Huong examines the practice of mudra or symbollic hand gesture, with specific attention to the following iconic mudras:

# 1: Dhyana or Samadhi Mudra (Gesture of Meditation, the Mudra of Zen)

# 2: Bhumisparsa Mudra (Earth-touching mudra)

# 3: Buddhapatra Mudra (Mudra of the Buddha’s Alms Bowl)

# 4: Vitarka Mudra (Teaching Gesture)

# 5:  Dharmachakra Mudra (Gesture of Turning the Wheel of the Law)

# 6: Jnana Mudra (Gesture of Knowledge)

# 7: Abhaya Mudra (Gesture of Fearlessness/Granting Protection)

# 8: Varada Mudra (Gesture of Wish-Granting)

# 9: Kartari Mudra (Gesture of Discord)

#10: Namaskara /Anjali Mudra (Diamond or Lotus Gesture, Japanese: Gassho)

To see an illustration of each mudra, click here.

Buddha, displaying the Abhaya Mudra (Gesture of Fearlessness)

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Dharma Talk: The Oak Tree in the Front Courtyard

Who are you? Roshi sheds light on the “mysteries” of Zen encounter dialog.

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The Rose Bush in the Front Courtyard - photo by Susan Chacon

Dharma Talk: Fancy Robes

Roshi cuts through rank, status and the attendant trappings.

The fancy Roshi rakusu (on a special occasion)


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Dharma Talk: Jesus and Buddha as Friends

On Easter Sunday, 2012, Thay Minh Nhat compares and contrasts the lives and teachings of Jesus and the Buddha.

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Dharma Talk: Gratitude for Everything

Su Co Tam Huong continues her extended meditation on gratitude as practice.
The quote that inspired this talk comes from the last line of “The Monastic Alternative” (p. 31) of A Monastery Within by Gil Fronsdal (Su Co’s new favorite book),

“The Abbess said that if she couldn’t meditate, then the best alternative is to be grateful for everything.”

Of course, Su Co would gild the lily and suggest combining both meditation and profound gratitude.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dharma Talk: How do you do what works?

Thay Minh Nhat addresses two essential parts of approaching practice:
“What works (for you)? and “How do you do that?”

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Dharma Talk: Practice (Ethics)

Are ethics an essential part of Buddhist practice? How do ethics fit with the advocacy of meditation practice? Roshi talks about Zen practice, cultivation, study, keeping “busy” and… ethics.

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Dharma Talk: Patience & Persistence

Roshi addresses two of the Paramitas: Patience and Persistence.

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