Goodbye 2019

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As 2019 comes to an end, let’s take some time to consider all the attachments we have nourished, all the ego-masks we have been wearing.

For many of us, this year has been a year of fighting against certitude and division, sometimes against our own friends or families.

Political, economic and social challenges are ahead of our societies forcing us to accept impermanence and embracing the changes. It implies more than ever Buddhist practitioners need to practice.

So, let’s hope that next year, 2020, will be the year of harmony. The year of taking the battle inward, fighting our own certitude and division.

Our Old Sun, Ming Zhen Shakya, used to say that her Zen was very simple and could be summarized as the Way of Action (Karma Yoga). When we take action, for the sake of all beings, there is no I-me-mine, no ego, not even an inch of something special called Zen. Beyond our own egos, through action, we can manifest our True Nature.

But True Action takes true honesty…. the kind of honesty needed to face what is in front of us and accept the reality of change and impermanence.

Our lives are always changing, yet they are always starting right here and now. In every situation, go forward and take action.

Let’s vow to talk less and act more in this coming year!

Saying Goodbye to 2019

Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment Night Meditation Retreat

IMG_20191207_234721.jpgDharma Winds Zen Sangha is happy to celebrate Shakyamuni Buddha’s Enlightenment during our traditional 12 hours night sitting and walking meditation retreat live from Dharma Winds Zen Hermitage in Namur, Belgium.

Unfortunately, this year a live recording isn’t available through Facebook or Hangout. Other live one day and half-day meditation retreats from Dharma Winds Zen Hermitage will be available online in the coming months.

May every being realize enlightenment!
Deep bows

YaoXin Shakya

Master Taego on Reciting Amitabha’s name

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If you, sir, really are mindful of the Buddha, just be mindful that your own nature is Amitābha. In the twenty-four hours of the day and within the four awe-inspiring deportments, take the letters of the name Amitābha Buddha and hang them in front of your mind’s eye, and the mind’s eye and the Buddha’s name form one piece.

Mind after mind continues with this, and when thought after thought/moment it is not neglected, closely reflect on “Who is the person being mindful?” If you have perfected the study technique over a long time, then unexpectedly in a moment, the mind and its thoughts will be cut off and eliminated, and the true body of Amitābha Buddha will firmly appear in front of you.

At this very time you will believe the words “From of old the immovable is named buddha.”

 

Excerpt from Instructions to Layman Nag-am on the Essentials of Mindfulness of the Buddha, found in Collected Works of Korean Buddhism, Vol 8-1, by Master Taego Bowou, Dharma Heir of Chan master Shiyu Qinggong from the Linji school.

 

November 2019 Special Annoucements

IMG_20191116_104924.jpgThe month of November is always a special time of the year for our Sangha.

First, this is the month of the year in which we celebrate our Original Order’s anniversary. The Zen Buddhist Order of HsuYun, was founded on November 8 1997 by Great Master WeiMiao JyDin Shakya and ChuanYuan MingZhen Shakya with ChuanZhi Shakya has its first Western Abbot. This was also the day of our Chan Order first ordination ceremony.

Secondly, this is the month were we celebrate the Ancestors and Ghosts Ceremony, some our our local groups perform the ceremony at Halloween. It is a special time to remember those who have left and to dedicate the merit of our practice to all beings, material and imaterial who need the Dharma.

Thirdly, it is during this month that we remember our dear teacher, ChuanYuan MingZhen Shakya (Emma Barrows) who passed into Nirvana on November 19 2016. We are grateful for her wonderful teachings and the light of loving presence still shines in our community.

Fourthly, November, is also the month of the year were we like to ordain new clerics and do great announcements.

This year, we are happy to share that brother QianMing Shakya (Daniel Scharpenburg) has been elected to the office of Sub-Prior of the Dharma Winds Zen Sangha to assist our Prior in his duties. He will be the second Sub-Prior of the Sangha, the first one being QianMen Shakya, leader of our French Sangha (who is preparing to become a Transmitted Head Priest in the coming months).

Brother QianMing Shakya is developing an unique Dharma turned on serving the lay Sangha in a practical way. We hope that he will continue to help our Prior in his office and serve the community in his own personal way.

Fifthly, we are happy to share that our Prior, YaoXin Shakya, in addition to his other Dharma activities, also has the pleasure to study Vietnamese and Korean Zen as a Formal Student of Venerable Wonji Dharma (Thich Duc Hien). Founder of the Five Mountain Zen Order, Venerable Wonji was ordained as a teacher and Bodhisattva Priest in the Korean Zen lineage of Master SeungSahn and as a teacher and Monk in the Vietnamese LamTe (ch.Linji, jp. Rinzai) Lineage of Master Thich Thien An. Today, Wonji is a close student of Great Master Thich An Giao and a dedicated Zen Teacher under his authority.

And as a natural following of this Teacher-Student relation, since November 2019 YaoXin’s Dharma Winds Zen Hermitage/group in Belgium is affiliated with the Five Mountain Zen Order founded by Wonji Dharma.

Nothing good, nothing bad … Just Taste It Fully!

May all beings realize enlightenment!

Amituofo !
Amituofo !
Amituofo !

DaShi ChuanSheng entered emptiness

We are very sad to share that one of our Chan Order leading figures just entered emptiness.

Da Shi ChuanSheng, Steven Baugh, was a wonderful master with several lives: kung-fu master, Buddhist teacher in several traditions, a family man… a wonderful man who was always available for answering our questions or take some time for a student or a friend, an example for all of us.

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He was my main transmission master (Senior Dharma Teacher) in the Linji lineage, along master Chuan Yuan and master YinDin. And he was a close disciple of our two founders, master JyDin Shakya and Ming Zhen Shakya.

Deep bows DaShi!

Please recite hundreds or thousands of mantras of OM MANI PADME HUNG for Dashi, show him your love and compassion as he moves onto his next existence

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Amituofo !
Amituofo !
Amituofo !