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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 […]

Work: Karma Yoga by Ming Zhen Shakya

Work: Karma Yoga by Ming Zhen Shakya

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell

Heaven and Hell by Ming Zhen Shakya, OHY I wish I didn’t enjoy my prison ministry so much. If it were less agreeable I could make myself seem like a martyr for making the trip out to Jean every Wednesday. But the fact is, I like going there. It keeps me on my toes. Every cleric is […]

Essence and Expectations by Ming Zhen Shakya

Essence and  Expectations by Ming Zhen Shakya

Essence and Expectations by Ming Zhen Shakya, OHY   Archimedes was stymied. The greatest mathematician in the world had a problem that baffled him. How could he determine whether an intricately wrought crown was pure gold or gold adulterated with a base metal? He knew what a given quantity of gold should weigh and that […]

Dharma Up Close: An Approach to Study

Dharma Up Close: An Approach to Study

On Being in Prison As I read and reread Ming Zhen’s article on Expectations I thought I’d share both my approach to her work and my great finds in it. My approach is simple….rather than explain the approach I thought I’d show what I do. The work starts out comparing religious backsliding to prison recidivism. […]

Ming Zhen Shakya speaks on….Expectations & Martin Buber

Ming Zhen Shakya speaks on….Expectations & Martin Buber

Expectations by Ming Zhen Shakya, OHY What backsliding is to religious conversion, recidivism is to penal rehabilitation. Both represent failure, and Zen priests who have a prison ministry can be losers on both counts. Often we are moved to tears when we give Precepts to a man who receives his certificate with such profound gratitude, with […]

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