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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 […]

Study the Self, Forget the Self with the Help of Attention

Study the Self, Forget the Self with the Help of Attention

  To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. That myriad things come forth and experience themselves is awakening. To study the Buddha way is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be actualized by myriad things. Dogen, Actualizing the Fundamental Point […]

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 […]

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 […]

Work: Karma Yoga by Ming Zhen Shakya

Work: Karma Yoga by Ming Zhen Shakya

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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. […]

Householder’s Self-Awareness

Householder’s Self-Awareness

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Trends

Trends

  I read this morning that the early Christian church took on the laws and structures of the Roman state. It was when persecutions of Christians ceased and mandatory affiliation as a Christian became the norm. It was an ancient trend. Trends are nothing new, groups form and share what is attractive or fashionable and […]

Mu…It’s Mine!

Mu…It’s Mine!

“The storyteller’s claim, I believe, is that life has meaning—that the things that happen to people happen not just by accident like leaves being blown off a tree by the wind but that there is order and purpose deep down behind them or inside them and that they are leading us not just anywhere but […]

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