Ask a Master: What is a Zen Retreat? If you are thinking about attending a Zen retreat, Fashi Yao XIn Shakya offers some advice on how to approach the retreat. It’s all about vow.
Fa Shi Lao Yue is pleased to announce the ordination of Venerable Lao Di Zhi Shakya. Please welcome our new Dharma teacher to the Order of Hsu Yun. She is grateful to all those who have encouraged her, especially Fa Shi Yao Xin Shakya in helping make this possible.
If you are struggling with daily practice, this essay will help you sort out the basics with some helpful, simple tips on Chan liturgy.
Many spiritual seekers do not know what the aim of practice is. In this essay, Fashi Lao Yue gives us some direction on the ultimate aim of Zen practice. It’s simple but it ain’t easy. See for yourself.
Do you wonder what Buddhist charity is? Or charity itself? Ming Zhen uses an old, familiar Christian story to help us understand.
Who gets the credit? How about the blame? Fashi Lao Yue looks at our common tendency to take the credit and give the blame….and gives some suggestions about practice.
“Faith is rarely where your head is at. Nor is it where your heart is at. Faith is where your ass is at! Daniel Berrigan
How many times have you wanted to give up, walk away, quit? Fashi Lao Yue tells us faith is in the ass, not in the head or the heart.
While it is wonderful to hear, “I love you,” there’s nothing quite like having someone tell you, “You changed my life.” J.J. Virgin
This essay of our dear Ming Zhen Shakya was the first essay I read by her….and believe me when I tell you, IT changed my life. Lao Yue Shakya
From time immemorial students have sought out a spiritual adept for direction. In today’s question, a student wanted to know the most sought after sutras in a Chan practice. Our master, Fa Shi Yao Xin Shakya answers in a most Zen manner. See for yourself.
Fashi Lao Yue helps us understand the ever present, ever lasting spiritual work before us with a bit of help from Rumi.
“Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. … When the soul lies down in that grass, the world is too full to talk about. Ideas, language, even the phrase ‘each other’ doesn’t make any sense.”
When a bird gets free it doesn’t return to the remnant on the bottom of the cage. (Rumi) Fashi Lao Yue offers a short intensive on the path of the Heart Sutra.
Avalokiteshvara while practicing deeply with the Insight that Brings Us to the Other Shore,
suddenly discovered that all of the five Skandhas are equally empty, and with this realisation he overcame all Ill-being.
Thich Nhat Hanh translation.
Ming Zhen Shakya in her essay “Connections” touches on the difference between the lower rungs of religion and the ecstatic pitch of spirituality. A helpful distinction for those on the path. You’ll be surprised by what she shares with us.