“The need begins with the man drinking saki; but soon the saki is drinking the saki; and finally the saki is drinking the man.” —… Read More »DETACHMENT AND THE METASTATIC NEED By Ming Zhen Shakya
Essays by Ming Zhen Shakya
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A FREE E-Book by Ming Zhen Shakya – Surprising. Clear. Worth reading.
Ming Zhen makes it clear that Zen is a mystical practice. She offers us a short, penetrating and even historical explanation on the practice of Zen. Includes why Christians are interested – a definition of samsara and nirvana – and a “how to” meditate.
What does it mean to love one’s neighbor? To love one’s neighbor means, while remaining within the earthly distinctions allotted to one, essentially… Read More »The Costume of the Actor by Soren Kierkegaard
From the archives. You’ll need to print it out and study it. NO KIDDING. MIng Zhen gives us both a wonderful review of the novel, Bee Season but also an excellent practice of concentration. It is a Jewish mystical approach to concentrating the mind; one well worth learning and doing.
HELLO? HELLO? ARE YOU THERE? ANYONE THERE? AM I TALKING TO MYSELF? Am I Talking to Myself FLY 2018… Read More »Telephone Atrocities and Other Crimes Against Nature
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.
People buried in their egos – victims of their own poisonous anger, lust, or ignorance – find release only when they can spew that venom onto others. It’s the only catharsis they get. We hear them on moonless nights, stalking the land, targeting anyone within spitting range.
To avoid the mess during these Nights of the Living Dead, the rest of us have to find a Refuge… and wait for sunrise. It helps to understand – if not the source of their venom – at least the display of it. Sometimes we encounter it “in kind” and sometimes “in degree.”
It is when we do take time to reflect upon moral issues that we need to consider the motivation of those who so vehemently question other people’s morality – and this includes our own outcries as well. Ming Zhen covers a lot of ground — stay with her — the last bit is worth the effort.
a contentious time when everything seems unreliable where everything is up for grabs Ming Zhen Shakya offers us an opportunity to practice the pull for this and the push for that. She goads us, lures us, all the time getting ready to pull the rug out from under our beliefs and opinions. At the edge of thinking something is right or wrong she goes beyond and leaves us up in the air….uncomfortable, in the lap of the Zen Buddhism. FREE E- BOOK
We’re all certain that we’re immune to the contagion of disastrous conviction, that we’ll never be vulnerable to a belief that is too foolish… Read More »KUDZU, BLACK PEARLS, AND DANGEROUS BELIEFS – Part 2 by Ming Zhen Shakya
Belief, being as contagious as a virus and often just as deadly, can put a teacher in the uncomfortable position of being both its vector… Read More »KUDZU, BLACK PEARLS, AND DANGEROUS BELIEFS – Part 1 by Ming Zhen Shakya