April 15, 2014

Essays by Fa Dong

 

The Refuge of No-Refuge

by Fa Dong Shakya

Published Sep 12, 2013

The Refuge of No-Refuge

The seeker trudges slowly up the mountain through the mists, not sure which path to take. He takes one path only to find that it dead-ends around a few large trees, forcing him to go back and take a different route. The weather, as he rises higher, becomes colder and... Read more

The Urban Hermit

by Fa Dong Shakya

Published Dec 05, 2011

The Urban Hermit

As anyone versed in Chan’s history knows, the hermitic life is a common one passed through by many of China’s most famous Chan teachers.  In fact, all mystical traditions commonly find their members, at some time in their life, retreating from society.  For the mystic, living a reclusive hermitic life is... Read more

Zen Ritual

by Fa Dong Shakya, OHY

Published Mar 18, 2011

Zen Ritual

An article in our essay series: Making Connections: Discourses on the relationship between Zen, Buddhism, and culture In her bestselling spiritual memoir "Eat, Pray, Love", Elizabeth Gilbert tells a delightful story of a great Hindu teacher who led his followers in daily meditation in his ashram. The only... Read more