Dharma Talk: Vu Lan 2012

September 16, 2012: During our Celebration of Vu Lan / Ullambana, Thích Ân Giáo Roshi talks about how the Asian tradition of the Ghost Festival plays out in American Buddhism and in our lives.

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Dharma Talk: Maha Moggallana / Ullambana

September 9, 2012: Su Co tells the story of Kolita Mogallana (Sankrit: Maha Maudgalyayana, Vietnamese: Muc Kien Lien), one of the Buddha’s great Arahant Disciples, who provided the impetus for the Ullambana Ceremony we celebrate each year (Vietnamese: Vu Lan).

Note: Lovely traditional-style artwork above is a Vu Lan invitation from Dharma Flower Buddhist Temple in Tucson, AZ (http://www.dharmaflowertemple.com)

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3-part Dharma Talk: It’s Not About Enlightenment

In July and August 2012, Su Co Tâm Hu’o’ng gave three Dharma Talks related to Enlightenment/Nirvana and a question, “What did Dogen mean when he said, ‘You have to die in Zazen’?”

Part 1: It’s not about Enlightenment  (Unfortunately, the degraded memory card — now retired and little-mourned — affected the recording of the first of the three talks.

While we see if anything from that talk is save-able, see if #2 and #3 make any sense…)

Part 2: Dying in Zazen
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Part 3: Great Death
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Dharma Talk: Basic Buddhism – Impermanence

September 2, 2012: Thích Ân Giáo Roshi addresses one of the most often discussed, yet commonly misunderstood Buddhist teachings — Impermanence — in the context of his ever-changing, but ongoing health issues.  If you’ve ever wondered just what the Buddha and the old Masters had in mind when assigning bodily impurity or charnel ground meditations, this is the talk for you.

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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: 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: Suffering is a Choice

We look for things to be unhappy about, feeding our unhappiness. Roshi addresses Dukkha, unsatisfactoriness (sometimes translated as suffering, realistically perceived as unhappiness), our expectations and good day/bad day reality.

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Dharma Talk: Instant Karma

Action and reaction: Roshi looks at our desire for and the reality of “instant” and eventual result.

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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: 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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