As Freud said, “Love and work..work and love.. what else is there really?” He also was overwrought about death. “Why […]
Category: Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
Happy Birthday & A Feast Day This past week we celebrated the day considered to be the birth day […]
Quietude – a state of stillness; calmness, and quiet in a person or place
Really, quietude is not about noise or sound or silence. It’s not a drugged state either.
Some stories come to mind…
Often in spiritual life we find seekers rather than seers. It comes out of our misunderstanding of Reality. Below there are two stories that show us when we seek, we get worn out and feel as though we are a ‘failure.’ When this happens we have fallen into the common mental formation of “measuring and comprehending.” I know this may be a surprise. Most of us have been trained to seek liberation rather than see it. It’s time to see it.
Heave-to is a sailing maneuver used to slow a boat down in heavy seas. It is done by adjusting the sails and dropping the ship’s anchor in a storm. This maneuver keeps the boat from traveling with the high winds.
Spiritual life is a battlefield. Over time, the battle worsens for the serious spiritual adept – threats along the path […]
Feeling antsy? Here’s the first of eight of Dogen’s last teaching; the Eight Awarenesses.
These teachings are for your sake. Trees and weeds, tables and doors expound and exalt the Dharma for your […]
Awakening before dawn, I cover my eyes and think of serving; giving little services throughout the day. I think of […]
There was a silence that came when the archer appeared. He was tall and straight and wore the robes […]
The Four Noble Truths I am pretty sure most of you have heard of the Buddha’s four noble truths […]
In Honor of My Teacher. OM NAMO GURU DEV NAMO I remember the bowing, lighting candles, unfolding the zagu […]