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Saying Goodbye to 2019



As 2019 comes to an end, let’s take some time to consider all the

attachments we have nourished, all the ego-masks we have been



For many of us, this year has been a year of fighting against

certitude and division, sometimes against our own friends or



Political, economic and social challenges are ahead of

our societies forcing us to accept impermanence and embracing the changes.

It implies more than ever Buddhist practitioners need to practice.


So, let’s hope that next year, 2020, will be the year of harmony. The year

of taking the battle inward, fighting our own certitude and



Our Old Sun, Ming Zhen Shakya, used to say that her Zen was very

simple and could be summarized as the Way of Action (Karma Yoga). When

we take action, for the sake of all beings, there is no I-me-mine, no

Ego, not even an inch of something special called Zen. Beyond our

own egos, through action, we can manifest our True Nature.

But True Action takes true honesty…. the kind of honesty needed to

face what is in front of us and accept the reality of change and



Our lives are always changing, yet they are always starting right here

and now. In every situation, go forward and take action.


Let’s vow to talk less and act more in this coming year!


Humming Bird
Author: Fa Shi Yao Xin Shakya

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