November 10, 2019

Many things that are simple are not necessarily easy. Chess. The pieces move in simple and straightforward ways, and the goal is relatively simple. But chess takes a lifetime to master, if you ever do master it. Baseball. The rules are very simple, the goal easy to und...

November 10, 2019

Friday night, I went to a play put on by a tiny theater company here in Columbus called Available Light Theater. It was based on a book written by a woman named Cheryl Strayed who wrote an advice column. In the play we see the actors play the parts of letter writers, a...

I recently mentioned to co-worker that people often share with me their sad and painful stories. Some are asking for advice, some just want the ear or shoulder of an objective listener. The common thread, however, is that each person who shares does so because somethin...

February 12, 2019

author's note: This talk was written and delivered shortly after the 2016 Presidential election, in the hopes that those who are working for a more kind and engaged world have the tools needed to not only be effective, but take care of their mental, emotional, and phys...

February 12, 2019

As a novice, I feel it is a good opportunity to take a step back and figure out where I am. In my readings and meditations, I sometimes try to put my finger on what exactly Buddhism is to me. Let me tell you, that definition has changed quite a bit over the last few ye...

February 12, 2019

Good Morning all. Today, I am going to give a Dharma Talk on Karma. Before I begin, I would like to read a parable called the "The Farmer's son"

The Farmer's Son:

One day in late summer, an old farmer was working in his field with his old sick horse. The farmer felt comp...

February 12, 2019

So, I feel like, for my first Dharma Talk, I will start with how I got to be in this seat. My hope is that, through sharing my spiritual journey, you all will get to know me a little bit better.

So where to begin? Demographics seems cursory enough. I'm 35 years old. Bor...

Where are you? Right this second, this moment, where are you? Are you in this room, listening to the sound of my voice, enjoying the artwork, experiencing the feeling the cushion underneath you? Perhaps you are partially here, and partially at home in your warm bed wit...

October 28, 2018

I Shot Me in Pittsburgh

Yesterday 11 of our brothers and sisters in faith were killed in Pittsburgh and yet more were injured. Were they Buddhist? Did they believe in the same concept of God? Of the Afterlife? No, yet they were still our brothers and sisters in faith; f...

Today I’d like to talk about bowing. There are many reasons people bow; some cultural, some religious, but many different reasons. 

I know some people have difficulty with the fact that some Buddhists bow to Buddha statues. The 2nd and 3rd commandments of the Christian...

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