Essays

Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha: a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world

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Living Buddha, Living Dharma, Living Sangha or What’s the problem? What can I do? What can I realise? How can we help? (a modern Buddhist’s response to a Donald Trumpian world) by Tarchin Hearn, Feb. 2017 Click here to read in PDF format Late afternoon sun and it’s hot. With passing rainless days, everything has [...]

Taking Robes: Embracing a Life of Natural Awakening; Reflections on Ordination and Divine Ordinariness

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Taking Robes Embracing a Life of Natural Awakening; Reflections on Ordination and Divine Ordinariness by Tarchin Hearn Click here to read the fully formatted essay in PDF format. I’d like to begin by briefly sketching out some personal events that led to the ideas in this essay/poem. In my early 20s, while at Kalu Rinpoché’s [...]

A Life of Dharma

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A Life of Dharma by Tarchin Hearn (first published in Wangapeka Newsphere, Jan. 2015) ‘Dharma’ is a rich and bounteous concept. Common translations give us words or phrases such as truth, teaching (particularly spiritual teaching), natural law, law of nature, phenomena, process and ‘thing’. It’s difficult to grasp in all its dimensions – as is [...]

A Buddhist Understanding of Prayer

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A Buddhist Understanding of Prayer by Tarchin Hearn This essay was originally written in 2006 at the Wangapeka Study and Retreat Centre.  It has been edited and re-formatted for Green Dharma Treasury. I often receive requests for prayers.  Please pray for someone.  Please hold someone in your prayers.  To tell you the truth, the more [...]

Prayer of Heartfelt Aspiration – intimations of view, meditation and action –

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Prayer of Heartfelt Aspiration – intimations of view, meditation and action – a versified essay by Tarchin Hearn, 2012 Preamble: Evening breeze is scattering white scud cross the tops of winter waves.  Shadows lengthen gulls swoop and glide and the smell of salt and tidal flats blends with light and air, tanging the nostrils, guiding [...]

Truth, Power and Sharing the Merit

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Truth, Power and Sharing the Merit by Tarchin Hearn How does the power of truth operate? How does truth as a factor of power work? How can its power, as power, be realized? – Vaclav Havel Let’s begin by exploring the idea of power.  The current New Zealand government is partially privatizing the power companies.  [...]