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: Good Friends and Panic Attacks

September 30, 2012: Su Co’s talk on Body/Mind connection and cultivating good friends.

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Dharma Talk: Suffering Fools

We say, “He doesn’t suffer fools gladly,” but it does not mean what we think it means — particularly if we are Buddhist. Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng talks about the practice.

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Dharma Talk: Revisiting Gratitude

On Mother’s Day, 2012, Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng revisited gratitude (the sequel to Being Grateful for Everything).

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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: 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: Happiness

In June 2012, Thích Ân Giáo Roshi spoke on Happiness at the end of the “Roshi’s Birthday Retreat.”

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Dharma Talk: Sin

Very Venerable T.T. Thích Minh Nhat talks about Sin and Buddhism.

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Dharma Talk: Right Now

Very Venerable T.T. Thích Minh Nhat talks about this moment, Right Now.

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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