More on: Our words matter.
In a review of Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng, Fashi Lao Yue points out the importance of revealing our truth despite the fear and face of loss. Celeste Ng’s novel is a novel with a message.
Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
More on: Our words matter.
What comes out of your mouth matters! Whether you lie or exaggerate, whether your words are venomous or sweet. How you speak and what you say is a reflection of your spiritual state. And it doesn’t matter what you’re talking about….your words show you where you are on the path.
In the truest sense of the Dharma, a master is a master long before he or she ever receives the ornamentation of being known as a Master. It is a gift to be found and given the responsibility to serve in this way. Yao Xiang Shakya, our dear old editor, is the founder and teacher of A Single Thread, A Contemplative Order of Hsu Yun.
Yao Xiang Shakya There are preliminaries or what might be called the first rounds of being alive where we learn different identities […]
Many might well question, as some often do, the solitary life….a life that directs itself towards the heights of Nirvana….in a singular way….towards the emptiness of not needing anything in particular….
In a world that seems more complex, intricate and confusing, Yao Xiang Shakya offers the Way of simplicity in Nothing in Life Has Lines Around It…We Draw the Lines
Yao Xiang Shakya helps us face the truth in a short piece on how to live knowing we are going to die in Don’t Lament Death, Watch Your Step.
The furniture people want to matter.
They want to be loved.
They want to count.
They want to be useful rather than be free.
In this FLASH of fiction, Yao Xiang Shakya shows how it looks to be caught up in the dust of the material world.
When things change, whatever the change, we meet it and respond to it. There is no blame. No self-recrimination. There are things to respond to…with what just happens
“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 somewhere. The power of stories is that they are telling us that life adds up somehow, that life itself is like a story… it makes us listen to the storyteller with great intensity because in this way all his stories are about us and because it is always possible that he may give us some clue as to what the meaning of our lives is.” Frederick Buechner
Yao Xiang Shakya helps us see in the film, Never Forever a spiritual awakening in modern garb.
Common sense promises made with the knowledge of our diminishing volition are safeguards against the irrational deals we make when we are higher than a kite…especially when we’ve been plucked from the jaws of death-by-drowning. An important lesson on the recognition of our limits
As the Way of Life says: “Existence is beyond the power of words / To define: Terms may be used / But are none of them absolute”. In “Words: As Images of God”, Yao Xiang Shakya steps into the terrain where words strive to become Real.