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Essays by Fashi Yao Xin Shakya
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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.
If you are struggling with daily practice, this essay will help you sort out the basics with some helpful, simple tips on Chan liturgy.
There is so much to do every day….how do you sort out what is important for your spiritual practice. If you have ever wondered what is important in Zen practice Fashi Yao Xin Shakya gives a bright answer to those who want to know.
From time immemorial students have sought out a spiritual adept for direction. In today’s question, a student wanted to know the most sought after sutras in a Chan practice. Our master, Fa Shi Yao Xin Shakya answers in a most Zen manner. See for yourself.
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”.
For the beginner on the Zen path…..Fa Shi Yao Xin Shakya captures the essence of how we take the first step on the path to liberation and to knowing our Buddha nature.
As a Dharma heir to Ming Zhen Shakya I feel it is imperative of me to share her work with others. Since she is no longer with us in body and mind making her unavailable to speak with you I thought it might be helpful to offer some comments on how to read and listen and sit under the golden waterfall of her offerings. This essay is a brief, very brief approach on one way to soak in Ming Zhen’s Dharma offering. May the Dharma bless you as it has me and many, many others.