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: Non-Attachment

How does the Buddhist practice of non-attachment play out in the face of life and death? Thích Ân Giáo Roshi explores the differences between detachment and non-attachment in real life.

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Dharma Talk: Contention

What can one do when there are disagreements, antagonism and disharmony between people? Thích Ân Giáo Roshi gives a Dharma Talk on the Buddha’s view of Contention.

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Dharma Talk: Bundles of Habits

A Dharma talk by Roshi on habits and impermanence.

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Dharma Talk: Selfishness

Why do people undertake spiritual practice in the first place?
Roshi addresses one person’s concern that “all these Buddhists are so selfish.”

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Dharma Talk: Meditation

Roshi speaks on meditation practice.
The book we are reading is Eat Sleep Sit: My Year at Japan’s Most Rigorous Zen Temple by Kaoru Nonomura.

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Dharma Talk: The Three Poisons

Thay Minh Nhat talks about the prison of the three poisons.

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Dharma Talk: Anger

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Dharma Talk, Dogen and Anger

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How much do you want to be angry

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