Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya

A Spiritual Refugee Trains to Live as a Monk in the World: A Biography.

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.

Welcome Back to Zen

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.

Get Out! Get Out!

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!!!!

The Ox by 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.

How Do We Find the Field of Emptiness? Of Love?

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.”

How to Find God on the Zen Path: The Heart Sutra, The Thread of Love by Fashi Lao Yue

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.

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