Essays by Yao Xiang Shakya

I have for some time, viewed many of the essays sent in and finally thought possibly I would send something in that possibly may be of… Read More »

Take Care of Your Mind by Lao Di Zhi Shakya

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.

Quietude. Dogen’s 3rd Awareness

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…