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Boredom as educator

Boredom has something to teach you — if you’ll pay attention. In “Boredom as Educator” Yao Xin of Knoxville share a few thoughts about this old friend of ours.

Un dia para celebrar

¿Es el descanso simplemente dormir o no hacer nada? ¿De qué descansamos cuando descansamos? En esta nueva pequeña historia, un hombre abatido por la actividad intenta buscar paz para su alma consumida por las ocupaciones…

El vegetarianismo y el budismo

¿Debe un budista ser vegetariano? Y si asi fuera ¿por qué? en “El vegetarianismo y el budismo” Jiaoyuan Fa explora las ambivalencias que existen en torno al tema.

A guided meditation on death

Death: It’s going to happen to you. At an inconvenient time. You’re probably afraid. But the more you think about it, the more difficult it is to pin down precisely what it is you’re afraid of. Contained herein is a guided meditation meant to alleviate anxiety when thinking about our impending ends, however soon or far off. The implication is that at least some of our fears are unfounded. And if the most frightening thing which ever occurs to people can be made a smidgen less frightening, that’s surely worth the while.

El rey filósofo

La religión es una actividad del hombre dirigida al exterior, muchas veces con una gran componente social. Pero cuando el hombre mira hacia dentro, hacia su propia alma para buscar a Dios, lo llamamos espiritualidad. En esta historia, Jiaoyuan Fa nos cuenta de una intepretación espiritual sobre el cielo y el infierno.

El regalo de los insultos

Dicen que cuando alguien está atrapado en arenas movedizas, cuanto más lucha para salir, más se hunde. En esta pequeña historia les contamos sobre un antiguo enfoque para no hundirse más y más en el terreno de las agresiones.

Mu…It’s Mine!

“The storyteller’s claim, I believe, is that life has meaning—that the things that happen to people happen not just by accident like leaves being blown off a tree by the wind but that there is order and purpose deep down behind them or inside them and that they are leading us not just anywhere but somewhere. The power of stories is that they are telling us that life adds up somehow, that life itself is like a story… it makes us listen to the storyteller with great intensity because in this way all his stories are about us and because it is always possible that he may give us some clue as to what the meaning of our lives is.” Frederick Buechner

Yao Xiang Shakya helps us see in the film, Never Forever a spiritual awakening in modern garb.

Hagakure (#8)

Homoerotic activity was practiced in many ancient militaristic cultures, especially the Samurai. I helped to balance the exclusive effeminate maternal upbringing a boy knew before he was sent to military school. It substituted strong, life-saving warriors for the bunnies and foxes of childhood folklore. It taught him self-reliance and teamwork, and established the man-to-man communication that was lacked in herertosexual relationships

Surgery or No Surgery

Lasik or Cochlear implants, people are now offered corrections to old disabilities. Some do not want to avail themselves of these new solutions. Grandmaster Yao Xin reveals how he reached his own decision, a valuable guide to others who are considering such procedures.

The Journey Home

At the suggestion of the Ven. Yao Xiang, Ming Zhen watched the YouTube conversation in which an orthodox Catholic priest traces his life from drugs and motorcycles to his present ministry. His recommendations are somewhat different from the Zen prescription, which Ming Zhen responds to in her essay.