Listen. Understand. Practice. Again. Again. Again. Do this all day long. ardent (adj.) early 14c., of alcoholic distillates, brandy (ardent spirits), etc., from Old French ardant “burning, hot;… Read More »Mind-Stuff
Have Few Desires Number ONE
Cooped Up? A Good Time for the Eight Awarenesses – First of Eight by Yao Xiang Shakya March 22, 2020 Have Few Desires In late… Read More »Have Few Desires Number ONE
The Will to Choose
Work! Your Hair is on Fire! Don’t say, “I DON’T HAVE TIME!” Those words do not encourage, they deflate and burden the mind. It is,… Read More »The Will to Choose
Holiday Message The Zen Buddhist Order of Hsu Yun is happy to announce that on this month of November 2018, our Chan/Zen Order, the Zen… Read More »Holiday Message
ANNOUNCEMENT – Two New Priests
We are happy to announce that on this rich month of November, we had the chance to celebrate two ordinations within Dharma… Read More »ANNOUNCEMENT – Two New Priests
A Plumb Line for Our Lives in Solitude by John Backman
ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Welcome a NEW Monk!
Old Fire Lao Huo Shakya We are happy to welcome a new monk (unsui) to A Single Thread | Contemplative Order of Hsu Yun.… Read More »ANNOUNCEMENT: Please Welcome a NEW Monk!
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We Want What We Think – And Think What We Want
MIng Zhen’s wise words are over 20 years old and show us the retrospective links to the governing entities that have run amok! The title change shows the selfie approach to just about everything – WE WANT WHAT WE THINK which apparently means restrictions on hearing teachings that offer wisdom and not just information leading us to THINK WHAT WE WANT which has very little to do with wisdom. Most of what we think are thoughts about our self.
This 1996 gem captures Ming Zhen’s take on some of the craziness that has got us to where wisdom in the name of constitutional interpretations has gotten us here.
In the Bardo: Uncertainty as Refuge
Brilliant! Both the novel, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders and this spiritual illumination of his work by Getsu San Ku Shin. “A bardo is the transitional space between death and re-birth, filled with spiritual tasks and meaning. Bardos arise within our lives, when a mind state of relative clarity disintegrates, and we are thrown, sometimes momentarily, sometimes for years…. We may enter a bardo when we lose a job, move to a new city, have a baby. 9-11 was a bardo for many of us….those times when the printer breaks down, or a major project in which we have been immersed is over. Getsu San Ku Shin helps us navigate this realm with clarity. Well-worth a read, maybe even two or three….