This draft attempts to describe some of my strongest tendencies and activities primarily during my adult life. This initial effort […]
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 is an ancient method used in Chan practice. It is a question asked over and over again […]
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.
This is a MUST read for any devoted spiritual seeker. It touches on the action and actions of Zen that is practical and potent. Hope you take the time to read it.
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.
“Detachment and Selling Heaven” is a memorable essay by Ming Zhen Shakya….it resounds on many levels like the sound of a gong being struck. Her exquisite understanding of the Irish tenor who is seemlingly forever drowning himself in sentiment, leaving many to go the grave soaking wet and her brilliant understanding of the attachment involved and the well-placed observance of the poems, especially McCormack’s, The Portrait.
Well worth the read!
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.
When discussing what a “master” is or can be in our tradition with Yao Xiang Shakya, in preparation before her Master Transmission, she said “I feel being a master is sinking further into the mud so the lotus may rise higher”.