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Zen: Practice of the Cultivated & the Corruptible by Yao Xiang Shakya

Zen: Practice of the Cultivated & the Corruptible by Yao Xiang Shakya

  In order to be perfect in any practice, seemingly useless experience must be undergone. Any disciple who has entered any kind of practice must begin (and continue) with seemingly unnecessary, futile things. But of course these things are a part of the discipline. Without such seemingly trifling things there can be no perfecting of […]

Birth, Right This Moment

Birth, Right This Moment

  Announcing the Arrival of Vance & Cecilia “My babies are born!” he shared with joy. and here they are…. these two ancient beings come directly from God….appearing fresh, beautiful, ready. They leave us speechless, don’t they. We marvel at them. Everything about them. Kenny, our former Abbott and Victoria, his beloved wife are blessed […]

The Body Also Illumines by Zhong Fen li Bao yu Di

The Body Also Illumines by Zhong Fen li Bao yu Di

  This morning, I am remembering being with each of my parents when they were dying, including the moment that each died.   My mother died in a hospital bed in her living room. I had started to give her morphine orally to treat her pain. She soon closed her eyes and began to breathe […]

Fundamental Seeing Through

Fundamental Seeing Through

    The soldier decides not to fight. The dog begins to bark. The body begins to shiver. The dog begins to lick. The woman decides to read. The breath begins and ends. The eyes blink open and closed. The dog begins to pace. The heat blows out and stops. When you know with sincerity […]

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 […]

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