Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya
WAIT! May I Have Your Attention? Getting off track and daydreaming or entering a scattered mind state seems like an epidemic. From screen watching… Read More »Work as Devotion; It’s All About Attention
The body and mind are of the nature to grow old. The body and mind are of the nature to get sick. The body… Read More »The Five Remembrances: Birth. Aging. Sickness. Death. Karma.
Dogen’s Awarenesses – Having Few Desires, Being Content, Quietude, Diligence, Unfailing Recollection are not commandments or rules to be memorized and slavishly followed. They are qualities to be lived not just something to think about or observe in other people. These awarenesses are like seeds in our minds, when we water them with practice they can break through our ignorance, like seedlings breaking through the dirt to become plants.
Today we reached the 60th day of this 90 day retreat and thought we’d share one of the 60 teachings offered during this 90 day retreat thus far.
The focus of the retreat is Work as Devotion which is a focus on karma or action.
Dogen’s Fifth Awareness: Unfailing Recollection Unfailing: without error or fault; reliable or constant Recollection: action of remembering something Ah…but what are we to remember without… Read More »Dogen’s Fifth Awareness: Unfailing Recollection
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…