September 2, 2014

From our Readers, Members and Guests

Just Being, a poem

by S. Elliot Sozan

Published Jan 01, 2012

Just Being, a poem

The plum trees blossoms In the middle of winter. There is no robe no color. In practice there is no time, no culture, no sex. In pure existence the breath takes what the intellect can never think. There is no attachment or detachment. The pure being, thoughtless with no move, moves the world, and within,... Read more

The Hua-Tou practice: perspectives and examples of an ancient and potent Chinese Chan practice

by Stuart Lachs

Published Sep 15, 2011

The Hua-Tou practice: perspectives and examples of an ancient and potent Chinese Chan practice

Hua-tou is a Chinese term that can be translated as “critical phrase”. In Korean, hua-tou is pronounced hwadu and in Japanese as wato. I mention this in case some one has read or heard the term in a Korean or a Japanese context to know we are discussing the same... Read more

An Interview with M. K.

by M. K.

Published Jun 03, 2011

1) What brought you to Zen? Suffering and its natural consequence: looking for solace.  Six years ago I had been experiencing a serious mental crisis. When it happened I was 55 years old and I already knew by that time that normal pain-killers – like food, drink, drug, sex, shopping, traveling, idling,... Read more

Kalyana Mitra…On Spiritual Friendship

by Roshi Wendy Egyoku Nakao

Published Aug 25, 2010

On Spiritual Friendship Kalyanamitra is the Sanskrit word for spiritual friendship. This friendship is something much more than someone to hang out with, but rather connotes a person or even a thing that becomes our guide, a teacher, and serves to inspire us along our path to awakening. There is a common... Read more

The Compass and the Ego

by Fa Chao Shakya

Published Jun 15, 2009

The Compass and the Ego

A compass is a navigational instrument with a magnetized pointer that aligns itself with the earth's magnetic field, always pointing north. We have used the compass for millennia to find our way. It's been used by seafarers, explorers, and travellers alike to help get from one place to another. When... Read more

Buddhism and Forgiveness

by Father Joseph S. O'Leary

Published Jan 28, 2008

Christianity is based on the idea, or rather the event, of divine forgiveness: "As the Lord has forgiven you, so you also [must forgive]" (Col. 3:13). Why was this reality so little actualized in Northern Ireland? Even now, when a measure of rational political coexistence has been achieved, there is... Read more

Our Marvelous Error

by Joan Sutherland, Roshi

Published Feb 21, 2005

Our Marvelous Error

From a three-part series of Dharma talks. Permission to reprint these articles granted by Joan Sutherland, Feb. 2005. Forward by Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya We are delighted to offer Joan Sutherland's talks given in 2002 and 2003 on "House Style" Zen. Ms. Sutherland, Roshi, is a contemporary leader in Zen,... Read more

The Lottery Ticket

by Yao Feng, OHY

Published Sep 01, 2004

The Lottery Ticket

Once a week, usually on Tuesday, I drive down to Loutraki to buy supplies. It is the nearest small city in the area, about 16 kilometers from where I live. It's not a big town, but it's pretty there by the sea. It has curative waters, casino, shops and a... Read more

First Autumn Rain

by Yao Feng, OHY

Published Aug 29, 2004

First Autumn Rain

"Mitsos," my car, has that rare gift of making familiar things seem new. No matter how many times he's taken the same road home, he negotiates the dirt and gravel with a kind of joy. Like a horse headed back to his barn, he doesn't need anyone to steer him.... Read more

The Seven Sermons To The Dead, Written By Basilides in Alexandria, the City where the East Toucheth the West

by Carl Gustav Jung

Published Jun 07, 2004

The Seven Sermons To The Dead, Written By Basilides in Alexandria, the City where the East Toucheth the West

  Forward by Chuan Zhi Shakya Carl Jung was, and continues to be, a tremendous influence on matters of spiritual consciousness in the western hemisphere. He was deeply interested in the psychological and spiritual underpinnings of Zen Buddhism and other eastern religions and for many years collaborated with Zen scholars... Read more

Uncle's Last Trip

by Yao Feng, OHY

Published Jul 10, 2002

Uncle's Last Trip

An icy January morning, 6 a.m. It is not my habit to be awake at this hour, in this season, but I have an appointment to keep. Kilometers away from here lies the village where I will bid farewell to my mother's brother. Ninety-one years old, and he still has... Read more

A Taste of Tendai

by The Reverend Jion Prosser

Published Jun 17, 2002

Tendai Lotus Teachings: www.tendai-lotus.org Forward by Rev. Chuan Zhi Shakya, OHY We are pleased to present the following article by the Reverend Jion Prosser of Tendai Lotus Teachings, a Minneapolis based sangha of the Tendai school. It may be of interest to our sangha members that our Grandmaster Hsu Yun studied... Read more

We're All Buddhists

by Yao Feng, OHY

Published Feb 12, 2002

We're All Buddhists

Dark, mad clouds had met over Geraneia Mountain as if there was no other mountain to solve their disputes. Perhaps they wanted to show off for the goddess, Hera, or maybe choose her as a referee. The storm was spectacular, offering fantastic light and sound effects, abrupt and sudden just... Read more