So much talk in the US about soldiers these days…bashing them, calling them “names” – misunderstanding what and why someone volunteers to serve as a… Read More »Those Who Serve & Risk Life & Limb for Others Are Heroes
Yao Xiang Shakya
The body and mind are of the nature to grow old. The body and mind are of the nature to get sick. The body… Read More »The Five Remembrances: Birth. Aging. Sickness. Death. Karma.
Death and the Maiden By Egon Schiele Egon Schiele died in 1918 of the Spanish flu at the age of 28. __________ Hiding By Sophia… Read More »Art Pieces 1: On Death. A Painting, A Poem & A Scrap from A Letter
A simple teaching worth practicing.
Years ago, when we moved to our house, we had a front lawn. Slowly as the grass didn’t grow well, I began to plant flowers… Read More »Cultivate Wisdom, Dogen’s 7th Awareness
This piece, although written in 2003, is quite up-to-date on what happens when protests become terror and when breaking the rules of law and order enter as trickery and outrageous. Our dear teacher, the late Ming Zhen uplifts us to remember the more things change the more they remain the same…to some degree or another. It’s worth reading!
Dogen’s Awarenesses – Having Few Desires, Being Content, Quietude, Diligence, Unfailing Recollection are not commandments or rules to be memorized and slavishly followed. They are qualities to be lived not just something to think about or observe in other people. These awarenesses are like seeds in our minds, when we water them with practice they can break through our ignorance, like seedlings breaking through the dirt to become plants.
Today we reached the 60th day of this 90 day retreat and thought we’d share one of the 60 teachings offered during this 90 day retreat thus far.
The focus of the retreat is Work as Devotion which is a focus on karma or action.
Friendship, Sickness, Aging and Death is common to us all. Especially during this worldwide pandemic. Venerable Lao Huo Shakya offers us a personal and traditional Buddhist response to those who lose a loved one. The tradition asks us to write a letter – one for each week of the period of grief. Venerable Lao Hue’s generosity is a boon to us all.
Om Om Om Peace, Peace, Peace
Homage to Ming Zhen Shakya, our founder and late beloved teacher.
Om namo guru dev namo.
Dogen’s Fifth Awareness: Unfailing Recollection Unfailing: without error or fault; reliable or constant Recollection: action of remembering something Ah…but what are we to remember without… Read More »Dogen’s Fifth Awareness: Unfailing Recollection