Dharma Talks

WORK

Presented by: 
Ken Mondal

I would like a show of hands. How many people in the audience work presently or have worked in the past? Now, please be honest, how many of you are happy and love your jobs every day and have never experienced any anger, stress, anxiety, frustration or irritation at work?

What Is Wrong With The World? Me.

Presented by: 
Ken Mondal

This is my first Dharma talk so please be kind.

I entitled this talk “What’s Wrong With The World, Me.” You probably already know where I am going with this. But I will proceed because we have some time to kill before we go downstairs for snacks.

The Lone Buddhist and the Popular Appeal of Buddhism: A Historical View

Presented by: 
El LaPoint

In my younger years I conducted anthropological field research in northern India. Of the 3500 people who dwelled in the village where I lived and worked, approximately 3300 were adherents of Hinduism, 200 were Muslim, and one man professed to be a Buddhist. Why did this solitary individual elect Buddhism as his personal faith? The answer lies in Buddhism's egalitarian character. Hindu society is intensely rank-conscious.

Growing Up in the Spokane Buddhist Church

Presented by: 
Karen Terao Akahoshi

 

 

Ms. Akahoshi's very special talk from the banquet at this year's Northwest District Buddhist convention is attached as a PDF.

Mother's Day Dharma talk for 5/8/2011

Presented by: 
Jefferson Workman

In honor of Mother's Day, a story about a Mother & son...

 

THE ELEPHANT AND HIS OLD BLIND MOTHER

 

 Long ago, in the hills of the Himalayas near a lotus pool, the Buddha was once born as a baby elephant. He was a magnificent elephant, pure white with feet and face the color of coral. His trunk gleamed like a silver rope and his ivory tusks curled up in a long arc.

 

He followed his mother everywhere. She plucked the tenderest leaves and sweetest mangoes from the tall trees and gave them to him. "First you, then me," she said.

 

Then they rested in the soft muck with their trunks curled together.  In the deep shadows of afternoon, the mother elephant rested in the shade of a rose-apple tree and watched her son romp and frolic with the other baby elephants. 

 

The little elephant grew and grew until he was the tallest and strongest young bull in the herd.

 

And while he grew taller and stronger, his mother grew older and older. Her tusks were yellow and broken and in time she became blind. The young elephant plucked the tenderest leaves and sweetest mangoes from the tall trees and gave them to his dear old blind mother. "First you, then me," he said.

Rude Awakening

Presented by: 
Karen Vielle

The title of my dharma talk this morning is Rude Awakening and it’s about chickens.  Some of you know that Paul and I have officially become urban farmers.  Earlier this spring we brought home 3 one-day old baby chicks from the feed store, to raise as egg laying hens.  It was still very cold in early March and so we were told that we could keep them in a protected, heated area of the house for up to 6 weeks before moving them outside.  That gave us plenty of time to build a coop and fenced yard, or so we thought. 

The Dharma of Dylan

Presented by: 
Karen Vielle

Good morning. Some of you know that I’m a big Bob Dylan fan. I can listen to the same songs over and over and have a line or phrase pop out to me in a new way every time. I’ll find myself thinking, “That’s a really Buddhist statement”. In fact I have a scrap of paper and a pencil in my car, which is where I usually listen to music. When these random lines stand out to me as representing a Buddhist thought on any given day, I jot them down. I’ve always wanted to write a dharma talk based on these quotes and call it, “The Dharma of Dylan”. The trouble with that idea is that only people who also recognized the song lines would get it. So, here is a much simpler attempt to incorporate one phrase into a dharma talk. The Dharma of Dylan.

New Year’s Resolutions

Presented by: 
Karen Vielle

It’s the end of January.  Some of you may have made New Year’s Resolutions at the beginning of the month and are finding your resolve starting to fade.  I’ve never been a big fan of New Year’s resolutions and I think it has something to do with the word “resolution”.  In my dharma talk this morning, I’m going to talk about the difference between a resolution, which seems very Western and ego centered to me, and an intention, which I believe represents a much more Buddhist approach.

Thubten Chodron Dharma Talk - 11-21-2010

Artist: 
Thubten Chodron

11-22-2009 Adult Dharma Talk

Only the Adult Dharma Talk portion of the 11-22-2009 service

Artist: 
James Boyd

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