November 26, 2014

Essays by Fa Zhao

 

Wild Zen

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Sep 18, 2011

Wild Zen

The genes that code for proteins in our human species are remarkably similar, often nearly identical, to those of many other species across the animal kingdom. It makes sense, considering that throughout our natural history human beings and other animals have shared the same environments and competed for the same... Read more

Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Dec 03, 2010

Zen's Travel Visas - A Sober view of Spiritual Tourism

When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much. -- Fen-Yang Those of us who arrive at Zen have often had quite a path of discovery along the way. This is certainly true... Read more

Cappuccino Chan

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Jun 08, 2010

As we sat across the table from each other, at our usual coffee shop overlooking the beautiful Australian east coast, I noticed the look of distraction on his face, a face I have known for over 10 years. He seemed perplexed and I could see he was looking for answers.... Read more

Zen Pest Control

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Jan 17, 2010

Zen Pest Control

I just love all creatures great and small. From Gorillas to Bengal Tigers and from Lungfish to bizarre Stick Insects, they all play a tremendous role in the various cycles of our planet. These wonderful creatures are also some of our greatest signposts in our observance of inter-connection and inter-relatedness.... Read more

The Comedy of the Ego

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Nov 03, 2009

The Comedy of the Ego

Among the great questions.... Who are we? Why are we here? and What purpose do we serve? Perhaps we should also ask, Why do we suffer? and, What can we do? Why do we Suffer? Listening to late night radio back in my twenties, I heard an English Buddhist monk tell a... Read more

Spectrum Zen

by Fa Zhao Shakya

Published Aug 14, 2009

Spectrum Zen

With so many labeled human conditions in our world these days like Autism, ADHD, Bi Polar, Cerebral Palsy etc, one would wonder if Zen is only available to the so called ‘normals' or does it encompass our ‘disabled' friends and family as well? The faults of others are easily seen, but... Read more