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: 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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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: Vu Lan

Su Co Thich Tam Hu’o’ng on the Vu Lan/Ullambana Festival.

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