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Welcome Our New Dharma Teacher, Lao Di Zhi Shakya

Welcome Our New Dharma Teacher, Lao Di Zhi Shakya

Lao Di Zhi Shakya The Order of Hsu Yun and A Single Thread Contemplative Order of Hsu Yun are delighted to announce the ordination of Lao Di Zhi Shakya, Old Earth Wisdom She received full Zen priest ordination as a Dharma Teacher in the Linji/Yunmen Zen Lineage of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, […]

Detachment and McCormack’s “Selling Heaven”

Detachment and McCormack’s “Selling Heaven”

  Perhaps because so few can bring themselves to swap sentimental attachment to their well-mapped landscape for the terra incognita of Detachment – or as it is more commonly called, Holy Indifference, or Ego Death, it will be interesting to see how McCormack uses his Zen acquired insights to cross that border. Detachment first requires […]

The Ox by Fashi Lao yue

The Ox by Fashi Lao yue

In the first yoga sutra of Patanjali we find a necessary instruction for the spiritual aspirant. It is simple and clear. This is the beginning of instruction in yoga. Patanjali That’s how it starts. And what is this beginning of yoga, it is to learn and practice a spiritual method to unite with the Godhead. […]

Martha by Ming Zhen Shakya

Martha by Ming Zhen Shakya

There is a problem, central to religious life, which the Bible, with exquisite brevity, states for us in Luke Chapter 10: verses 38-42: Now as they were traveling along, He entered a certain village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. And she had a sister called Mary, who moreover was listening […]

To What….Do You Ascribe Things? By Fashi Lao Yue

To What….Do You Ascribe Things? By Fashi Lao Yue

When something goes your way, do you ascribe it to your skills….to luck….to good fortune? When something turns sour, do you ascribe it to your childhood….to misfortune….to bad luck? In any situation we tend to ascribe things to a source which is often something about our small self or some aspect of the material realm. […]

The Heart, The Intellect and the Ass

The Heart, The Intellect and the Ass

“Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your ass is at! Daniel Berrigan     Samuel Coleridge, poet, philosopher and theologian of the 18th c. discovered at a very early age his interior unfaithfulness which he came quickly to realize was and is […]

Where is Wisdom?

Where is Wisdom?

  A Nobel prize, Lunar Communion, The Beatitudes and a Song of David’s   Shakespeare gives us a fine image of good intentions gone awry: to his own detriment, a fellow so eagerly tries to mount a horse that he jumps clear over it. Just so, Macbeth, pondering his plan to murder the king, worries […]

How Do We Find the Field of Emptiness….Of Love?

How Do We Find the Field of Emptiness….Of Love?

  Don’t Worry, We Are All One By Fashi Lao Yue For many years I have been aware of an underlying principle driving religious doctrines, a principle I never looked at with a clear eye. I imagine that I didn’t look at it because I was in some way satisfied with the two main components […]

How to Find God on the Zen Path: The Heart Sutra, The Thread of Love

How to Find God on the Zen Path: The Heart Sutra, The Thread of Love

  What no eye has seen or ear heard….. In the Zen tradition there is a ritual for tending to and disposing of the remnants left after burning a stick of incense. When the incense burns down it leaves a tiny bit of incense in the ash which is still in stick form. It is […]

Connections: Religion & Spirituality

Connections: Religion & Spirituality

Connections by Ming Zhen Shakya, OHY All religions at their base level – the level at which they intersect the plane of ordinary citizens – are merely civilizing media. They post their Commandments, Precepts, Yamas and Niyamas; and through the nearly foolproof means of threatened punishment and promised reward, impose law and order on a community. […]

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