Abbot John can see things more clearly now that he’s blinded by the glare of reality.
For all those doubters, Yao Xiang Shakya speaks about the essentials of spiritual conversion in Eating God: The Universal Principle of Conversion.
Because they regard themselves as intellectuals who cannot countenance things unscientific, atheists mock rituals they do not understand. In Theophagy: The Communion Ritual, Ming Zhen Shakya examines this religious practice.
Retirement has been giving Abbot John time to consider important things like pond life. In And After Golf? Then What? he’s ready to throw the retirement towel in and get back into the “Zen and Not Zen world.”
Homer Simpson is an icon of mixed messages. In The Simpsons: The Day of the Locust, Ming Zhen Shakya examines the life of the original Homer Simpson and his connection to the Book of Exodus.
People can misuse both science and religion. When scientists mock religious people just to make money, it’s time to remind them to tithe. In The Unbelievers: Another Stab at Atheism Ming Zhen Shakya looks at a couple of heirs to Madalyn Murray O’Hair.
Are we too connected to divisive or meaningless social media? It’s time to get back to basics. In “Welcome back to Zen” Ming Zhen Shakya gives some advice about reclaiming our own identities and making a spiritual commitment to ourselves.
A story of a dog trapped on the ice with the help of Sensei Wong, a fictional character in Anthony Wolff’s novel, Revenge, Recovery and Rescue: The 3R Murders show how cause and effect is not a one to one relationship of laying blame or claiming praise. It’s much more difficult. Find out the straightforward Zen Way of Sensei Wong and get off this slippery spot of praise and blame in “A Dog on the Ice”, by Yao Xiang Shakya.
Anthony Wolff, pioneer in spiritual storytelling where good guys, bad guys and Zen make for subtle spiritual entertainment is appraised in Yao Xiang Shakya’s “AHA! Mystery Story, A Moral Tale?”
A lovely watercolor of Venerable Fo Yuan contributed by Fa Ming Shakya
Artwork by Jiaoyuan Fa Shakya