Ashaya (äh - shī - yäh)
Sankrit: the abode of the heart. where the heart rests and takes refuge. home of the heart
Arabic: living miracle. life and hope
Yoruba: the power to make things happen. the spiritual life force that flows through all the universe (chi/ki)
A Universal Dharma of Heart and Mind
We’re all looking for a path which doesn’t point to an unassailable mountaintop on high. We seek something immediate, tangible and real. A path to free us from suffering and help us find true authentic happiness. A path of an awakened heart and illumined mind.
This is the Ashaya way.
Ashaya practitioners work diligently to be living miracles and actively embody the Buddhist Dharma. They use their power to make positive things happen in the world. Influenced primarily by the teachings of the Buddha while embracing all the Wisdom Traditions.
"Do you have a Koan?" That was the first question Korean Zen Master, Venerable Hwasun Yangil Sunim asked me. I had heard about Koans before - mainly from books. I didn't really think they were essential for Zen practice. But here I was, sitting in front of an actual...read more
Perceive Universal Sound This interview was first printed in The American Theosophist, May 1985 American Theosophist: What is Zen chanting? Zen Master Seung Sahn: Chanting is very important in our practice. We call it "chanting meditation." Meditation means keeping a...read more
One Sunday evening, after a Dharma talk at the International Zen Center of New York, a student asked Zen Master Seung Sahn, “Why do you chant? Isn’t sitting Zen enough?” Soensanim said, “This is a very important matter. We bow together, chant together, eat together,...read more
However we've come to know about Buddhism we probably have a faint idea that the Buddhist teachings will lead an individual to find happiness via a Path or Way. The Buddha said that it was an ancient path that he had found. A timeless path. One, that if travelled will...read more
“Someone comes to the Zen centre smoking a cigarette. He blows smoke in the Buddha’s face and drops ashes on the Buddha’s head.” If you’re standing there what can you do? The abbot comes running in. “You are crazy! Why are you dropping ashes on the Buddha?” But the...read more
If you want to understand the realm of Buddha, Keep a mind which is clear like space. So, let all thinking and all external desires fall far away. Let your mind go anyplace, with no hindrance. ￼ Then what is the one pure and clear thing? Then, what is keeping a mind...read more
Nyoshul Lungtok, who later became one of the greatest Dzogchen masters of recent times, followed his teacher Patrul Rinpoche for about eighteen years. During all that time, they were almost inseparable. So great was the love and devotion between them that Patrul...read more
A quick and expedient way of awakening... The master takes his staff and points directly to your heart saying, Listen here! This! This! A thousand times this! The seeker is what's sought. Originally the mind is pristine, vast and expansive like a clear blue sky. All...read more
A young monk tentatively asked the Master, “Teacher, why did Bodhidharma come from the west?” The Master looked out the window and said, “The cypress tree in the courtyard.” The Zen Master whacks his stick against the floor. You're startled, heart racing, eyes wide...read more
Zen is waking up to your true nature. It is about seeing things as they actually are. Zen really cannot be explained it must be lived. It must be experienced. You must taste the chocolate. I've always liked the story of Bodhidharma and when he arrived in China. People...read more