I had never heard the entire poem. I had heard only the opening line which Fa Shi (Gisho Senderovich) had recited in the course of… Read More »ON FA SHI’S “I’VE COME TO SEE THE PIGEONS RIDE”by Ming Zhen Shakya
Essays by Ming Zhen Shakya
Magnificent! There is no other word to describe this work.
What is true is Real. The Real World is defined as that which is unconditional, universal, immutable, and eternal. Eternal is to be outside of time; and this can occur only in the “ego-absent” immediate moment. Our dear Ming Zhen is worth reading again and again – since we tend towards block-headedness – a follow-up post comes next on the Noble Truth of Suffering.
There is a Zen story that needs telling here: A Zen master had become famous for the special tea he brewed, and another master, having… Read More »SHOOTING YOURSELF IN THE FOOT: SAGAN, ASIMOV, AND MICHIO KAKU by Ming Zhen Shakya
“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
Jazz fans – this is for you!!!!
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.