October 23, 2014

Writings prior to 2009

"Labors of Peace"

by Fa Liang, OHY

Published Aug 30, 2008

"Labors of Peace"

This week, right in my own "backyard," a terrible thing happened. A man, fueled by hate, walked into a Unitarian Universalist (UU) church during a children's play and began shooting. Two people are dead and four more are physically injured. Many more are left to bear emotional scars. The alleged... Read more

The Wu! Gate

by Fa Liang, OHY

Published Jul 15, 2008

The Wu! Gate

We can, each of us, experience Wu! -- that emptiness, that relief -- every time we give up our attachment. When we have a job to do, we simply do it - without grumbling, without daydreaming about all the other things we could be doing instead, without any sort of... Read more

The Story of the Wave

by Fa Liang, OHY

Published Jun 15, 2008

The Story of the Wave

Once upon a time, there was a little wave. The wave loved being a wave going up and down and playing all day and night. The wave was surrounded by lots of other waves and it had fun watching them, too. Then one day, the little wave noticed... Read more

Road Construction Ahead!

by Fa Liang, OHY

Published Nov 07, 2007

Road Construction Ahead!

Forgiveness is a three-dimensional road with its foundation built solidly in the bedrock of our spiritual nature. I wrote previously about forgiving ourselves - recognizing and accepting our own mistakes instead of hiding in their shadows, defending our mistakes as if they weren't mistakes at all. Honesty, integrity, humility and... Read more

Forgiveness

by Fa Liang, OHY

Published Oct 01, 2007

Forgiveness

We are all human. If we are honest with ourselves we'll recognize that we all say and do things that cause pain to others as well as to ourselves. It's the feelings within that reflexively lead us to act and speak in hurtful ways. The fear, negativity, and blame... Read more

Do you believe in reincarnation?

by Fa Jian, OHY

Published Jan 21, 2007

The mystery of what, if anything, happens to us after we die continues to be a subject of debate among people of all religions as well as philosophers and religious scholars. With so much interest in the subject, it's no wonder that we have so many theories about what happens... Read more

Non-Discrimination and the Chan Mind

by Chuan Kong, OHY

Published Nov 17, 2004

Discriminating is a fundamental aspect of being human. Everything we do is a choice based on discrimination between one thing or another, or between one thing and a thousand others. The collection of choices we each make is unique to each of us. Sometimes our choices are based on our... Read more

Masters of Maya

by Fa Shen

Published Sep 18, 2004

Masters of Maya

The tools with which we are born and with which we come to know the world are our five sense organs - our eyes, ears, nose, tongue and skin. We often say that our eyes look out upon the world. But what intrigues me is that it isn't so much... Read more

The Language of Humanity

by Yin Cheng, OHY

Published May 15, 2004

I will not speak of the language of men - the language they use to convey their thoughts about the world. I will not even address the infinite varieties of speech, the richness of vocabularies, the fullness of expression. And despite the uniqueness of the language of men - its... Read more

Freedom from Ego's Entanglements

by Yin Cheng, OHY

Published Oct 25, 2003

When we meditate we cannot have a self-serving purpose, True meditation in its many forms will not suffer the ego's presence. There can be no "I will" or "I can" or "I shall." There can be no cleverly concealed aim, a transference from "I" to "it." The material world -... Read more

Practicing the Ten Benevolences: Goal of Buddhist Behavior

by Fat Wei (Fa Hui)

Published Jul 09, 2002

Dear Friends, after his Enlightenment, Shakyamuni preached Buddhism for forty-nine years. During this time, in more than three hundred meetings of his Sangha, he expounded the Dharma. Sometimes he preached from heaven, sometimes he preached on earth, and sometimes he preached from the silence of the Bo Tree in the... Read more

A Fork in the Road

by Chuan Kong, OHY

Published May 06, 2002

Isn't it strange how often we're met with the problems of choice? Time and time again we find it necessary to unify our divided mind, to make a definitive decision, a right decision - and woe betide us if we get it wrong!When a choice can result in consequences we... Read more

Freedom From What?

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Jun 26, 2001

The current controversy about the sculptural presentation of the Ten Commandments displayed in an Alabama Courthouse should concern all religious persons in the United States, regardless of creed. On the surface, the issue is whether the placement of the Ten Commandments in a state courthouse violates the Constitutional guarantee of the... Read more

The Song of Courage

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Aug 14, 2000

A song's end has a strange bleakness. There's a signal of finality, the end of something beautiful and loved. The dying overtones of the last note cause the heart to skip a few beats as if it's trying to still itself, anticipating sounds the ear will not be hearing. The day... Read more

Get Lost!

by Chuan Kong, OHY

Published Mar 13, 2000

“Get lost!” You can’t seem to get through life without hearing that at least once. The command usually means that you should exit, either literally or metaphorically, and the quicker the better. It’s especially hurtful when the person who says it thinks he means well.“Get lost!” The expression conveys pain,... Read more

A House is not a Home

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Oct 05, 1999

I don't know why politics should so often turn out to be the high-priced prostitute of promise, the siren-song of shipwrecks. We listen to a melody and allow ourselves to be lured by it, taken off course until we collide with obstacles we could not see. Our little boat and... Read more

My Teacher, My Self

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Jul 14, 1999

"First" has the power of nothing else. It carries the thrill of newness, and nothing that follows it can ever claim such power. For better or worse, we remember our firsts. First love, first car, first time away from home. But of all these, our first... Read more

Upon Awakening in the Morning

by Chuan Kong, OHY

Published Jul 08, 1999

Have you ever wondered how it is that you always wake up in the morning as yourself and not someone else? As you awaken all the incidentals come crowding in: all the things you have to do today; all the places you have to be; what you are expected to... Read more

Bright Lights, Lonely Spot

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Mar 26, 1999

The loneliest place in the world is center stage. Though all eyes see into the small spotlight, the pair within the light sees only the vast darkness beyond. The strain of knowing we are being watched while also knowing that we are unable to see those who are watching us... Read more

Lin Ji and the Jazzman

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Mar 09, 1999

There is a style of music that is more about truth than beauty. It has steady, intricate rhythms, complicated scales, and chord patterns that appeal to people who can handle truth with or without the presence of beauty. Jazz isn't the most popular style of music, yet every now and... Read more

Lessons from the Dark Side of the Moon

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Dec 22, 1998

Sometimes we descend into darkness so gradually that we're unaware of the diminishing light. We don't realize that we can't clearly see where we're going since, as the light grows dimmer and dimmer, our eyes keep adjusting to the loss. People who are watching our descent may shout warnings, but... Read more

Performance Anxiety

by Chuan Heng, OHY

Published Jul 06, 1998

It begins with a fearful thought that shatters your confidence the way a siren shatters the peace of a Sunday Morning. You'd like to think about other things but the wailing sound of pain and loss commands all your attention. No matter how well you've rehearsed what you've planned... Read more