"He/She became 'she' . . ." So when the Buddhists imported statues of Avalokiteshvara to China, the Chinese didn’t have a tradition of bisexual gods containing all the Divine male/female energy of creation, they understood the figure to be female. He/she became the “Goddess of Compassion” Kwan Yin, and in the manifestation as “The Regarder…Read more How Avolokiteshvara became the Goddess Kwan Yin . . . the Yin of Transformation
There are intense developments and changes happening all around us in the world, and in our own hearts and in our own minds at the moment. This is a far from easy time. But in many ways it also needs to be seen as an intensely productive time for many of us, especially those of…Read more When Being Yourself Means Needing to Move . . .
Continuing on today from part 1 . . . simplicity and grounding will be key, I feel, and so my suggestions below are for those of you who'd like to evolve and grow on a daily basis throughout the coming year: may the buds of your Buddha-hood open and blossom. But, first a bit of…Read more Three simple and [almost] effortless ways to grow spiritually every day for budding Buddhas . . . 2
"4,000 and 5,000 years ago in Kashmir, India an experience was documented, following ancient years of practice . . . trying to explain an ancient way of experiencing the immanence, the numen within - or - the thrill of the vibration of the Universe in our human nature . . . it's a…Read more A Sweet Story of Great Mother’s Wish
"Drama can be an energy drain, draining our power and identity. Balance is what we re-attain with the small steps we take in practice . . . a return to innocence."---Susan Essence and Power of Non-reaction No drama, no control, just quiet and calm – essence and…Read more Non-reaction. No Drama, No Chaos
"We know from our Zen, we are here to be free. We know from our icons of music and song, we are here to be free. We know from our artists and writers, we are here to be free."---Susan But sometimes in our lives, the freedom of our life is just not flowing. And it…Read more When your Freedom is not Flowing: Karma?
"I was wondering how to say something that is very simple, when we live in a world that has become so complex. My solution was to take a reading from the I Ching for our guidance, just when I had emerged from a period of grief and healing myself . . . and felt the…Read more Essence of Small in the Wisdom, Finding Goddess …
"What is actually in our minds, and is that mind-stuff alive or dead? If it's dead, then it needs unclustering ... Yin is Flow [or Goddess] Zen is meditation or mindfulness of divine presence, and Soma is our mantra, the original mantra of primordial cosmic force, or primordial goddess. We practice with a radical devotion,…Read more Unclustering the Living Mind … Flowing, and Getting the Strong Zen Mind
"What are we REALLY here for? The Universe positively vibrates with noise. We have conversation after conversation... yet nothing much seems to change. Surely there must be more important questions to ask? Like who are we? What's our purpose? Why are we here? Yet, so many prefer to skirt around the difficult questions and talk…Read more What Are You REALLY Doing Here? Getting the Strong Zen Mind
"We don't do anything FOR other people as such: zen is an attitude to an art of living, an art of living with values – tranquility, harmony, reverence and purity – just by being, with sincere dedication and devotion to our practice, we heal others. ---Susan “Who's Life Are You Really Living?” Who's life…Read more Who’s Life Are You Really Living? Getting to the Strong Mind of Zen