Wednesday, June 29, 2005

Congratulations Tao-Fa

The leader of my sangha is officially being ordained as a novice lay-monk this evening, and I have heard his dharma name will be Venerable Shih Tao-Fa. Tao of course means "Way" or "Path" and in this context Fa means "Dharma". This kind of ordination reflects a serious and deep commitment to serving others. I, on the other hand, continue to be extremely selfish and conceited ;o) . If I ever receive a dharma name it will probably translate into something like "demon bate." So, anyway, congrats again to Tao-Fa and to those who will benefit from his dedication to compassion.


  1. Dave: What a cool site! Thanks for putting it up and for the posts. Under what Buddhist tradition do you practice? In any case, welcome again, good to find your site.

  2. Thank you for the kind words. I have been practicing in a Ch'an sangha for six months. The basic practice employs the more stereoptypical Ch'an (Zen, Soen, Thien) methods such as sitting and walking meditation, but it also utilizes the combined practice of Ch'an and Pure Land, with methods such as nien fo (reciting the name of Amitabha Buddha).

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