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The Flake of Soap

The Flake of Soap

The Flake of Soap By Fǎshī Lao Yue As I washed my hands a small leaf-shaped flake broke off from the slippery soap bar and rested in my hand. It was leaf-shaped like a laurel leaf. It lay in my palm, pale and thin. It didn’t look much like the olive green parent which was […]

Mirror, Mirror: The Riddle of Self Reflection, The Seeker

Mirror, Mirror: The Riddle of Self Reflection, The Seeker

By Fa Shi Lao Yue….We are the Light of the World Are we at words? I hope not. My purpose in writing this essay is to offer a spiritual practice of examining what comes out of our mouth. In other words, to scrutinize what we say about our world, whether it is the world of […]

On Being a Master: Sinking into the Mud

On Being a Master: Sinking into the Mud

  ON BEING A MASTER When discussing what a “master” is or can be in our tradition with Yao Xiang Shakya, in preparation before her Master Transmission, she said “I feel being a master is sinking further into the mud so the lotus may rise higher”. And indeed, knowing we sink into the mud so […]

I Went for a Sunday Morning Swim

I Went for a Sunday Morning Swim

A Study in Desire and Letting Go By Yao Xiang Shakya   It sounds lovely, doesn’t it….to go for a morning swim. Well, actually it was but not without the possibility of obstacles. As I’ve thought about this the obstacles are akin to the undertows in the ocean, the rip tides, the jellyfish, crabs and […]

The Dove by Yao Xiang Shakya

The Dove by Yao Xiang Shakya

It is spring. The air is dust free from all the rain. The sky hovers with the mirage of blue light. Every morning I let the dogs out, first old Bear then our sleepy head, Harry. They run into the morning along the sides of the fence. Near the deck I see two doves. “A […]

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 […]

Spring Practice

Spring Practice

The Wheel of Birth & Death   The Wheel of Birth & Death Wandering in Suffering Re-Lent 2017 Sunday Afternoons – 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 1611 Brummel/Backyard Zendo Room for 15 participants Accessable Contact:  Marilyn Fischbach, marilyn.fischbach@gmail.com This is an offering of to study the Buddhist Wheel of Death and Birth/Wheel of Suffering. This study will […]

The Dharma of the Fuzzy Glow in You! by Yao Xiang Shakya

The Dharma of the Fuzzy Glow in You! by Yao Xiang Shakya

The Birth of God Story. I will begin with a morsel of the well-known story of the birth of Jesus Christ. This morsel may at first be like a snack but much like the tapas from Spanish cuisine it is for spiritual connoisseurs a sophisticated delight. The morsel is packed with spiritual nourishment from the […]

Hermit Wisdom — E-Book

Hermit Wisdom — E-Book

A New eBook – Just click on the Hermit Wisdom link below.   Hermit Wisdom The book is a series of prayerful meditations. Please feel free to download it for your practice. It is sure to have flaws in it…and yet, it still has wisdom. Editor’s Choice… Nothing Is Perfect, Everything Is Just Right I […]

The Way Through

The Way Through

A Way Through Life seems simpler if we blot out awareness of its mystery, but such a life is an impoverished one. There is a dimension to ourselves, the most essential dimension, which it is folly to ignore. Patricia Wright’s Gate is a delicate image of this. She shows us the complexities of a normal existence […]

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