“Our opportunity exists in our community.” – Wonji Dharma

1380067154In late October, 2013, the Only Love Project’s Bill Murphy (BM) spent an hour on the phone with author, poet, Master Dharma Teacher Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma (WD), founder of the Five Mountain Zen Order and President of Buddha Dharma University.

What follows is the transcript from that inspiring interview. Enjoy!

BM: Briefly tell us your background. What would you like others to know about you?

WD: Well, first off, it’s really not important who and what I am and where I come from. However, that stated, I would like to give some credit to my first teacher, Swami Siraj, who was a disciple of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. He opened the door to the Dharma for me.

556109I also have to give credit to, and mention my lifelong dedication to Zen Master Seung Sahn, who I found a few years later; he opened my eyes and opened my heart to the truth of this world.

And lastly, I have to give credit to the Honorable and Venerable Suhita Dharma for his lifelong dedication and selflessness in his aspiration to help others on this path. Beyond that, I’m merely trying to emulate what it is that these people who have taken significant portions of their lives to help me see the truth, I dedicate my life to following as best as I can in their footsteps. So that is all I really want to say about myself.

BM: Fair enough. Second question is, Would you consider yourself a spiritual person?

WD: That is an interesting question. Years ago, before I decided to become celibate, I used to hang out on a site called DharmaMatch.com. And I remember there were so many individuals, and the ones that I cared about were women, there were so many individuals when asked what their religious preference was, they chose this option that the website allowed them, which was “Spiritual but not religious.” And I’m not quite sure what that means. There is a New Age trend about what it means to be spiritual, without any religious connotation whatsoever. And I’m not sure about the meaning of “Spiritual but not religious.” I’m not putting it down, I merely have no idea what it means. So am I spiritual? Within the context of post modernity in our 21st century society, I would have to say No, if those are the rules that garner what it means to be spiritual, I’m not spiritual. Nor am I religious. I only follow one path, and that path is, “How may I help you?”

We can get caught in the metaphor of idea, and I’m not trying to dodge Continue reading

Two New Interviews Coming!

The Only Love Project is honored to announce that we will soon feature interviews with Zen Master Ven. Dr. Wonji Dharma (Paul Lynch) and famed Hollywood stunt performer, actor, director Tom Proctor.

1352487901Zen Master Wonji Dharma is Founder of the Five Mountain Zen Order, and President of Buddha Dharma University.

Ven Wonji is a poet, teacher, and author of several books on Zen.

Tom Proctor is enjoying a remarkable career in Hollywood, appearing with some of its biggest stars, since the early 1990s.

TomPTom is known for being a gifted stunt performer, as well as an actor, producer, director, and writer.

Wonji Dharma and Tom Proctor bring a wealth of experience, insight, wisdom (and humor!) to the discussion.

Many thanks to both for agreeing to an interview with The Only Love Project!



Wonji Dharma, a very dear friend of mine, posted a video titled “If You Give A Little Love, You Will Get A Little Love” to his blog (called Zen Mirror) today, along with these words:

there is only one reform in life
and that is to become more loving.
it is so simple to do something kind
or take a moment out of a busy day
to stop and notice what is around us
yet we blindly follow our lives
lost in our thinking
about this or that
and don’t see it when
that small gesture
or that passing smile
might not change
the expression of
life all around.
we are all interconnected
we are one planet and one species
that carries the future
in our hands,
just pay attention
and you will know
the right thing to do.