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.
Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
This short essay is for the wobbly spiritual seeker. The one who finds himself repeating again and again the […]
This is an ancient method used in Chan practice. It is a question asked over and over again […]
Our late Ming Zhen calls out to the busy among us to come back to Zen as she cautions us with Newton’s third law….for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. It is sobering to realize this law applies to our daily life, especially in speech. But in all actions we are subject to the reaction of our actions….to what degree? Equal and opposite.
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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!!!!
When we know that all bondage is in the mind and all freedom is in the mind we aare able to harness our mind in such a way that we can use our power of concentration. Fashi Lao Yue
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.
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.
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.