Dharma Talk at the Stupa für den Frieden

I recently had the distinct honor to give the first public talk at the Stupa für den Frieden (“Peace Stupa”), located in Grafenwörth, Austria. It is awe-inspiring to see what one monk can do, armed with his deep faith in the Buddha’s teachings and decades of immersion in the sutras: Boep Jeon Sunim is a Korean monk who has spent the entirety of his monks’ career outside the influence of Korean Chogye Buddhism. He trained in Thailand, and Japan, and Dharamsala, different parts of Nepal. He built the (at the time) largest pagoda in Europe, in Hungary, some twenty years

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Parallel Universes 3

“In this world, nothing is free,” Zen Master Seung Sahn used to say, in his unique form of super-succinct English. “Something you have obligation. Even air and water is not free, OK? – – You must some pay tax on that! Only use this free air, use this free water and not [do] good actions to this world, then you not pay tax. Pay tax means, you must good action with this air, good action with this water, good action with this body. Everybody must pay tax. Every day, human beings get this air free, get this water free, but

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Parallel Universes

Today, while enjoying a double espresso in the cold morning outside the coffee shop by the back door of the Zen Center, standing at a table, this crippled homeless man was seen out of the corner of the eye asking people for money on the street. He wasn’t having much success. I gave him a long look, and our eyes met. I wanted that. I smiled weakly, and he limped over. I had only brought a 10-Euro bill downstairs for the coffee, so, there were only coins in my pocket — the change from the coffee. I reached into my

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