The Blank Page

~~~  A great Zen Master traveled with his disciple to the small village that sat in the foot hills below their temple. The student was excited about their visit to the village, as leaving the temple was a rare treat and he longed for this quiet time walking with his Teacher. He was a devoted student … Continue reading

If You Love, Love Openly

With him lived and studied twenty monks and one nun whose name was Eshon.

Praise and the Tao

Among some monks a great discussion broke out regarding Taoism, that centered around a hypothetical question, a proposed response, and its insight to the Tao. The story is that a learned Taoist Master is told by another that he is very wise. How would the enlightened Master respond to the speaker? And how does his response reflect the Great Tao?

Meditation 101

There is only one true ‘requirement’ for meditation. And that is time. You must make the time.

Balance

Life is lived well in balance, the great Yin and Yang

The Gifts

He stood in line with the other children, as he waited his turn to stand before Master Shin and receive his gift.

The View

Their journey was long, from their small temple in a humble village in the valley, across the mountain path to the city beyond…

The Journey

Tung Jin, the aging Taoist Master of a rural temple in the hills outside of Nanning, was beginning to feel the weight of the many years that had passed since his birth. Although his spirit was still strong, the day to day tasks in seeing to temple business and instructing his students were becoming more … Continue reading

I Hear You

There is a vast difference between hearing and listening. Our conscious world bombards us with a plethora of sounds, from the faint rustling of leaves to the blaring of the horn from the car behind us. And although we hear everything, our vastly capable brain organizes and prioritizes these sounds so our auditory senses do … Continue reading

But One Regret

I have spent the past few years of my life living the belief that I had no regrets concerning my past. I, like most people, have had some difficult times, made bad decisions, and suffered the consequences of my thoughts, words, and actions. But I believe that all these experiences are an integral part of … Continue reading

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