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.
Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
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.
For all those doubters, Yao Xiang Shakya speaks about the essentials of spiritual conversion in Eating God: The Universal Principle of Conversion.
A story of a dog trapped on the ice with the help of Sensei Wong, a fictional character in Anthony Wolff’s novel, Revenge, Recovery and Rescue: The 3R Murders show how cause and effect is not a one to one relationship of laying blame or claiming praise. It’s much more difficult. Find out the straightforward Zen Way of Sensei Wong and get off this slippery spot of praise and blame in “A Dog on the Ice”, by Yao Xiang Shakya.