Hannamatsuri/Buddha’s Birthday – April 7th, 2013

Click here for your very own invitation to our Hannamatsuri celebration on April 7th
(in English and Vietnamese). Hannamatsuri is the Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival, when they celebrate the anniversary of the birth of Siddhartha Gautama, who became the Buddha. We will also be ordaining a Novice monk (Sa di).

Dharma Talk: Paramitas of the Bodhisattva

From February 17, 2013: Venerable Thich Minh Nhat considers the Paramitas of following the Path of the Bodhisattva (aka “Bodhisattva’s Four Methods of Guidance) as specified by Dogen Zenji.

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Dharma Talk: All One Vehicle

Roshi talks about what his Vietnamese Master, the Most Venerable H.T. Thich Thien An called the “Buddhayana,” the Buddha Vehicle.

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Dharma Talk: Lunar New Year 2013

On the occasion of the 2013 Year of the Snake, Roshi talks about the Lunar New Year, practice and custom.

(NOTE: Su Co was properly overwhelmed by the flurry of red envelopes. Profound thanks (with great joy))

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Dharma Talk: What is a Dharma Talk?

Venerable Thich Minh Nhat considers the form known as the “Dharma Talk.”

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Dharma Talk: Just Do It

Roshi calls this talk, “Just Do It.”
Don’t think about it.
Just listen.

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Dharma Talk: Is That So?

A Dharma Talk on the great Master Hakuin Ekaku, who revitalized the Rinzai School of Japan.

From Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, edited by Paul Reps:

A beautiful Japanese girl whose parents owned a food store lived near Hakuin. One day, without any warning, her parents discovered she was pregnant. This made her parents angry. She would not confess who the man was, but after much harassment at last named Hakuin.

In great anger the parents went to the master. “Is that so?” was all he would say.

After the child was born it was brought to Hakuin. By this time he had lost his reputation, which did not trouble him, but he took very good care of the child. He obtained milk from his neighbors and everything else the child needed.
A year later the girl could stand it no longer. She told her parents the truth – the real father of the child was a young man who worked in the fish market.

The mother and father of the girl at once went to Hakuin to ask forgiveness, to apologize at length, and to get the child back.

Hakuin willingly yielded the child, saying only: “Is that so?”

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Dharma Talk: Stories

Su Co Thich Nu Tam Huong returns the theme of Right Speech via the stories we tell each other (and ourselves).

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