Brilliant! Both the novel, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and this spiritual illumination of his work by Getsu San Ku Shin. “A bardo is the transitional space between death and re-birth, filled with spiritual tasks and meaning. Bardos arise within our lives, when a mind state of relative clarity disintegrates, and we are thrown, sometimes momentarily, sometimes for years…. We may enter a bardo when we lose a job, move to a new city, have a baby. 9-11 was a bardo for many of us….those times when the printer breaks down, or a major project in which we have been immersed is over. Getsu San Ku Shin helps us navigate this realm with clarity. Well-worth a read, maybe even two or three….
An inspiring elucidation of two masterpiece’s by Shi Ke. Ming Zhen helps us see beyond the obvious in Master Shi Ke’s figure painting into the spiritual magnificence of Shi Ke’s depiction of the Nirvanic Void, A must read!
At first glance we might mistake this instruction Create the Conditions to represent a makeover of our house, a clean out of things in the closets and dresser drawers or a pledge to fix things up. No. It’s not like that at all.
This biography is about an ordinary woman. A householder. Married. Children. Work. Aging. Illness. And all the ordinary things of life….except in the middle of it all, she looked for Truth….something universal, bigger than material interests….in this short bio you see her perseverence and determination to keep going, keep looking. It is inspiring as it is ordinary. Well worth the read. A wonderful reminder….begin and continue.
This short essay is for the wobbly spiritual seeker. The one who finds himself repeating again and again the […]
The Order of Hsu Yun and Dharma Winds Zen Sangha / Zen Order of HsuYun are delighted to announce the ordination of ShenHai and ShenYin, Deep Ocean and Profound Seal. They have received Novice Chan / Zen Priest Ordination in the Linji / Yunmen Z in Lineage of the Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun, ZBOHY-ZATMA.
Get Out! Get Out! by Fashi Lao Yue is a continuation of looking at karma yoga and what it means for the Zen adept. In this short essay there is a clarification of a teacher’s message, Get Out! Get Out! which is strong medicine….strong clarifying medicine indeed!!!!
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.