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…

The Need for Quiet

For today’s dharma talk I want to talk about quietness as Gyomay Kubose Sensei writes in The Center Within, “It’s important to take time to have some quiet moments in our lives, otherwise we get caught up in the busy-ness of always having something going on.” I don’t know about you, but I know that…

Vesak Day – 2018 Dharma Talk

by Kakuyo Sensei, I would like to welcome everyone to our Hanamatsuri festival today, which is also called Vesak day – where Buddhist of many traditions celebrate the Buddhas appearance into the world – but not just his appearance – The Buddha was once asked: Are you a god?” “No,” he replied. “Are you a…

Driving Dharma

I would like to start our my dharma glimpse with a poem from the Venerable Robina Curtin; she is a Tibetan Buddhist nun in Australia, I love its matter-of-factness of her lines. “We’re all mentally ill. We’re all delusional. We’re all junkies. It’s just a matter of degree. “ I like how she embraces specific…

Dharma Glimpses from Bright Dawn.

Dharma Glimpses are short dharma teachings  from Bright Dawn Lay Ministers. Here are some podcasts from Bright Dawn Way of Oneness podcast page. Faust my Dharma Teacher. Listening to the Dharma  Buddhism and Gender Equality Who are you? And here are some more Dharma Glimpses in written format on our Bright Dawn Blog.   Naturalness…

New Bright Dawn Blog

Hello everyone, Check out our the new Bright Dawn Lay Minister blog to get your weekly dose of dharma. Bright Dawn Blog

No matter how much I would like to, I will not punch a Nazi

Though the title is trite, what I want to say is not. Since what happened this weekend in Charlottesville Virginia, I have been thinking of the young woman who was murdered standing up against hatred. Personally I think there should be more coverage of her. Do you know her name? What do you know about…

On Unskillful Means: Cultivating Ignorance

The cause of all pain and suffering is ignorance. Gautama Buddha I have been thinking of this lately. About how many of us suffer but we do not know why we suffer, we are ignorant to the real causes and conditions of our suffering.  I have also been thinking of a different kind of ignorance….

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…