The Problem with Deserving

From a Dharma talk delivered at the Salt Lake Buddhist Fellowship 7/8/2018 Let’s start our talk today with a few questions – how many of you have rationalized or justified something that you knew wasn’t good for you because your “deserved it”? How did your thinking go? What logic did you use? Have you ever watched in…

Out of Work Bodhisattvas

Lately I have been thinking of all the out of work Bodhisattvas wandering around smiling with signs saying, “ Will Gladly Share Merit” as people shuffle by with their heads down, some saying, “No thanks, I don’t need any.”  Others just pointing at the goody two shoes, laughing at them, “them bleeding heart liberals” they…

Be Your Own Guru?

from a  Blog post by Jaffe Cole I have always wondered about this quote from the Pali Cannon, a famous quote by the Buddha, used by many a rugged american individualist, those mindfulness practicers that follow a more “up by your bootstraps”  kind of Buddhism.  I like the context in which Jaffe Cole puts the quote….

Spiritual Community and Spiritual Ego

As a fellowship we share and focus on similar values and ideals that we see and feel as important, worth while.  We also look for commonalities within and without the group. We find strength and refuge in our common values and ideas.   At the same time in expressing and practicing these commonalities we also identify…

Mind of Embracing All Things – Haya Alegarasu

At our last gathering we read a few pieces from a great Shin writer and priest, Haya Akesarasu.  Most of his writings are currently out of print or not translated but there are a few in existence.  This essay gives a feeling of his style of writing, He By Haya Akegarasu  Reading an early passage of…

Bowing Bodhisattva Dharmakara

We are liberated, not by an external being or force, but by the bowing that is realized in us. – Nobuo Haneda In the midst of timeless time, Bodhisattva Dharmakara, being filled With great compassion, began bowing. He bowed to each blade of grass, And to each flower that ever bloomed, He bowed to the ocean…

Who Am I

by Haya Akegarasu  My thought is thought, It is never myself. I had thought that my thought is myself, but now I’m aware I made a terrible mistake. My experience is experience. It is never myself. I had thought that experience is myself, but now I’m aware I made a terrible mistake. My feelings are feelings,…

The Compassionate Light of the Buddha Amida

The Buddha of Infinite light casts her compassionate light on every finite living being; regardless – even though we are blinded by passions & run in circles, her light is unobstructed. Is there anyone among you who can out run the sun? Where are you running too anyway? It is true we are foolish ……

Nembutsu for your home altar

Here is an original nembutsus for you to to use for a home altar. The written nebutsu was first introduced by Shinran Shonin when he was teaching the poor in the outer districts of Japan. The people were so poor they could not afford a Buddha statue so the name of the Buddha was written out and took the place of the Buddha…