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Basics of Nienfo Chan/Nembutsu Zen & Traceless Mind

Basics of Nienfo Chan/Nembutsu Zen & Traceless Mind

    Nienfo Chan/Nembutsu Zen is the practice most commonly taught in China to enter the gateless gate of Zen. It consists “simply” in the recitation of a sacred or symbolic name, such as the name of a Buddha or a mantra. Such a practice could be seen as a popular form of devotion for […]

The Basics of the Hua T’ou Method

The Basics of the Hua T’ou Method

    This is an ancient method used in Chan practice. It is a question asked over and over again and in all circumstances, such as “Who am I?” The question, if done with sincerity, generates doubt and shifts the mind away from selfish mind content. Let us say, as an example, we are in […]

Karma Yoga: A Practice of Humility at the Kitchen Altar Called the Sink by Fashi Lao Yue

Karma Yoga: A Practice of Humility at the Kitchen Altar Called the Sink by Fashi Lao Yue

Every time we act, we practice and we cannot help but act which means we are always practicing. This realization is priceless for the spiritual adept. Everything becomes worship and we become devotees adoring the Divine morning, noon, and night. Let me offer an example. In our household we wash the dishes by hand in […]

Get out! Get out! by Fashi Lao Yue

Get out! Get out! by Fashi Lao Yue

Karma Yoga: Get Out! Get Out! By Fashi Lao Yue Xiang Shakya 合作智慧 Hézuò zhìhuì Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” —The New Testament The mind is covered with dust; the dust of the concerns of […]

Concentration: One of Three Powers in Karma Yoga by Fǎshì Lao Yue

Concentration: One of Three Powers in Karma Yoga by Fǎshì Lao Yue

A Request: Before you begin to read take some time to find your attention and concentrate on what you read. Ask for an intuitive approach, giving you some help to receive what is important to your practice, to your life. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they […]

Work: Karma Yoga

Work: Karma Yoga

  Karma Yoga: The Active Practice of Zen[1]By Ming Zhen Shakya Revised, Remixed, Edited by Lao Di Zhi Shakya, 2017   Introduction Our Zen program is not separate from our work. We do not have to postpone or forfeit an activity to go and sit on a cushion or whirl in dance or pore over […]

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 […]

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