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What When We Do It Leads to Eternal Well-Being

What When We Do It Leads to Eternal Well-Being

We think we have plenty of time, especially when we are young and vibrant. Youth intoxicates us into thinking we have time to postpone what is important to us. We stall rather than pause. We put off and delay when what we need to do is contemplate how we live our life. We need to […]

Power Buttons

Power Buttons

    There’s been a lot of talk about power buttons lately….here’s the monk’s power button….  

FREE E-BOOK: Alchemical Detachment & Integration by Ming Zhen Shakya

FREE E-BOOK: Alchemical Detachment & Integration by Ming Zhen Shakya

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An Old Woman Trains to Be a Monk: Her Journey

An Old Woman Trains to Be a Monk: Her Journey

I am an old woman and have lived most of my life as a catholic nun.  My core is Jesus Christ and close to him stands his elder brother, the Buddha.  I am training to be a spiritual monk and one of the tasks given is to write my spiritual biography.  A glimpse is what […]

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION  Part 3  by Ming Zhen Shakya

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION  Part 3  by Ming Zhen Shakya

Please note this essay is to be taken as all model and metaphor. It was in the thirteenth century, when the Zen schools flourished, that alchemy became a fully-fledged ascetic and contemplative technique.” – Mircea Eliade, The Forge and the Crucible (University of Chicago Press) The second stage of the work. Jung favored a meditation technique he […]

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION  Part 2  by Ming Zhen Shakya

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION  Part 2  by Ming Zhen Shakya

  And now if any be ignorant, let him be ignorant. I know not what more to say and not transgress the Silence of Pythagoras.” – Sir Isaac Newton, Alchemical manuscript, The Regimen (MSS 1032B RB NMAH, Smithsonian Inst.)   Spiritual Alchemists never attempted to cut God down to size and turn him into a lawman […]

Spiritual Travels: What Brought Me to Where I Am?

Spiritual Travels: What Brought Me to Where I Am?

This draft attempts to describe some of my strongest tendencies and activities primarily during my adult life. This initial effort may include assertions and observations that are fanciful, incomplete, or perhaps untrue. I have found that when I write things down and continue to work on them, it helps me to discover what is not […]

A Spiritual Refugee Trains to Live as a Monk in the World: A Biography.

A Spiritual Refugee Trains to Live as a Monk in the World: A Biography.

  Time to be totally free, and estranged. Time to give up our souls, to set fire to structures and run out in the street. Time to ferment. How else can we leave the world vat and go to the lip? We must die to become true human beings. We must turn completely upside down […]

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION – Part 1 by Ming Zhen Shakya

ALCHEMICAL DETACHMENT AND INTEGRATION – Part 1 by Ming Zhen Shakya

  I felt an overwhelming sense of power – like God must feel when he’s carrying a gun.” — H. J. Simpson’s apology upon being expelled from the National Rifle Association for misusing a firearm. God packing heat. A novel concept? No, not really. Simpson, with genius often mimicked but never matched, has called attention […]

We Worry About Things That Don’t Last

We Worry About Things That Don’t Last

  This short essay is for the wobbly spiritual seeker. The one who finds himself repeating again and again the same old mistake, namely, thinking the world of things, known as samsara, will ultimately pay a reward for his good efforts It is, as the title suggests, for those who worry about things that don’t […]

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