Dharma Talks: Precepts and Repentance

In these two Dharma Talks, given several months apart, Thích Ân Giáo Roshi discusses the Five Pure Precepts and our end-of-the-month ceremony of Reaffirming the Precepts.

Links to the chant book: REAFFIRMING THE PRECEPTS (to read in separate window) or to download your own copy of the chant book in RTF, click here.

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#1 2011 Rains Season Training & the Repentance Ceremony (including the poem):  here and
#2 2012 Reaffirming Precepts in the New Year here 

Dharma Talk: Surrender

More from Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng (from February 2012) on the care, feeding and putting down of the ego. Surrender is a good thing.

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Dharma Talk: Bowing Heart

A meditation on the theory and practice of bows and prostrations, by Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng. (and encouragement to give the practice a try, especially if one is… shall we say… “resistant” ??)

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Dharma Talk: Reaffirming the Precepts Ceremony

Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng considers our end-of-the-month ceremony of Reaffirming the Precepts. To follow the ceremony throughout the talk, click here 

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Dharma Talk: Wise Crow

On the occasion of Vietnamese New Year 2012 (January), Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng spoke about Tet (New Year), Roshi’s health (he has now quite recovered from that incident), Bodhisattvas and gives the Dharma Talk on the Wise Crow Jataka Tale.

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Crow on Cherry Branch by Koson

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)

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Buddha, displaying the Abhaya Mudra (Gesture of Fearlessness)

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Dharma Talk: The Banyan Deer

A Dharma talk by Su Co Tam Hu’o’ng on the Jataka Tale (Buddha’s Prior Birth Tales) of the Banyan Deer.

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Dharma Talk: True Love

Roshi talks about loving each other.

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Dharma Talk: Renewing the Precepts

Roshi talks about the significance of our ceremony, Renewing the Precepts, (usually done on the last Sunday of every month).

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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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