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The Dwelling Mind – Part Two – Identity

The Dwelling Mind – Part Two – Identity

What Identity Does the Mind Dwell On? By Yao Xiang Shakya There are preliminaries or what might be called the first rounds of being alive where we learn different identities about who we are.  Birth brings us into the world in ignorance where we begin to construct many false, temporary, changeable identities that we grasp and attach to thinking […]

What is Zen Buddhism PART II

What is Zen Buddhism PART II

Part II WHAT IS ZEN BUDDHISM? PART II – SAMSARA AND NIRVANA by Ming Zhen Shakya The aim of any meditation technique is to transcend ego-consciousness, that is, to go from ego-awareness to the state in which the ego doesn’t exist. This is a tall order, one that specifies a division of experience. On one […]

The Dwelling Mind on the Royal Road – Part One – The Body

The Dwelling Mind on the Royal Road – Part One – The Body

Take up the method for yourself and find out for yourself. What is the method? Begin by looking within, looking at the internal states. Use the mind to study the mind within. The tool needed to turn within is attention. Attention to the nature of what shows up is your royal light. Everyone has the […]

What is Zen? Part I – Christianity and Zen

What is Zen? Part I – Christianity and Zen

WHAT IS ZEN BUDDHISM? PART I – CHRISTIANITY AND ZEN by Ming Zhen Shakya In recent years Christians have shown increasing interest in Buddhism, an interest, I think, which doesn’t arise so much from academic or neighborly curiosity, nor from any dissatisfaction with Christianity, but instead stems from a desire to return to older forms […]

The Good Fortune of the Contemplative Path

The Good Fortune of the Contemplative Path

The Good Fortune of the Contemplative Path By  Yao Xiang Shakya Many might well question, as some often do, the solitary life….a life that directs itself towards the heights of Nirvana….in a singular way….towards the emptiness of not needing anything in particular. Many seem to worry that this Way is not the Way to know […]

Ming Zhen Speaks On Samsara

Ming Zhen Speaks On Samsara

  ON SHI KE’S TWO MINDS IN HARMONY We don’t know precisely when Shi Ke drew it. The day, unfixed by coordinates, ambles somewhere across the Tenth Century’s calendric grid. But it must have been a sunny day for such history as we have informs us that the Master, preparing to execute his composition’s major […]

Spring Practice

Spring Practice

The Wheel of Birth & Death   The Wheel of Birth & Death Wandering in Suffering Re-Lent 2017 Sunday Afternoons – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 1611 Brummel/Backyard Zendo Room for 15 participants Accessable Contact:  Marilyn Fischbach, marilyn.fischbach@gmail.com This is an offering of to study the Buddhist Wheel of Death and Birth/Wheel of Suffering. This study will […]

On Saving Others – The Real and the Unreal

On Saving Others – The Real and the Unreal

On Saving Others by Yao Xiang Shakya All one can do is hope to endure the pain that comes with creation. Mary Kinzie We cannot escape the material world in watery attempts to save another. The same is true when we ourselves might want another to save us. This murky bath of wishful salvation often […]

Ming Zhen Shakya speaks on love…

Ming Zhen Shakya speaks on love…

ON FA SHI’S “I’VE COME TO SEE THE PIGEONS RIDE” by Ming Zhen Shakya I had never heard the entire poem. I had heard only the opening line which Fa Shi (Gisho Senderovich) had recited in the course of conversation. “Ah, yes,” she had said, “it’s just as I first wrote, `I’ve come to see […]

The Dharma of the Fuzzy Glow in You! by Yao Xiang Shakya

The Dharma of the Fuzzy Glow in You! by Yao Xiang Shakya

The Birth of God Story. I will begin with a morsel of the well-known story of the birth of Jesus Christ. This morsel may at first be like a snack but much like the tapas from Spanish cuisine it is for spiritual connoisseurs a sophisticated delight. The morsel is packed with spiritual nourishment from the […]

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