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The Suffering of Self, Part 1 of 4, by David Loy

Buddhism isn’t about helping us become well-adjusted. A socially well-adjusted ego-self is still a sick ego-self, for there remains something problematical about it. It is still infected by dukkha. If someone asked you to summarize the teachings of the Buddha, what would you say? For most Buddhists, probably the first thing that would come to mind […]

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Breaking Ground

After three years of planning, we are now ready to begin improving and expanding our facilities. Photo from our January 14 Ceremony of blessing…. taken by John Braman We will start with much needed upgrades to our infrastructure in order to meet Santa Fe County Codes, so that we can continue to use our land […]

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Message from Henry: The Six Virtues

They may be understood more as six overlapping, unfolding, but loose, endlessly repeatable stages. The “paramitas” are often translated as “perfections” but that may sound a little unattainable. They are… dana – generosity: giving freely. sila – ethical restraint, guided by the precepts: in sum, refraining from harm kshanti – patience: with the vicissitudes of […]

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Message from Henry: Doubt and Humility

…humility is the cure not just for doubt as a hindrance, but for many of our ills. Pure Land Buddhists say the hindrance of doubt is self-generated. Doubt involves some measure of unwillingness to give the Way the benefit of the doubt – a reluctance to let go of what we think we know. It […]

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Spring Sesshin: March 21-26, 2017

Our 5-day Spring sesshin is from March 21-26. This spring equinox event is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to sink into the boundless reality of the Dharma, finding the ease and joy in being human that Dogen speaks of as the characteristics of true meditation practice. We will follow our usual timetable, […]

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Message from Henry: A Clear Mind and Heart

“Just sitting” practice (shikantaza) is also sometimes described as the practice of “doing nothing.” Doing nothing doesn’t mean that nothing is going on. Rather, we become clear that whatever is going on, we don’t need to do anything about it. ***** What fills the gap (if there is one) between awakening and ordinary life is […]

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Rio Grand Mindfulness Institute (RGMI)

The Rio Grande Mindfulness Institute (RGMI), Mountain Cloud’s program to advance mindfulness in schools and colleges, is starting to get busy with workshops and retreats. On February 3, we have been hired to provide two workshops at United World College’s annual social justice conference. The conference features leading national advocates It’s a wonderful gathering in […]

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The Earth as Witness: International Dharma Teachers’ Statement on Climate Change, by David R Loy

…craving, aversion, and delusion are also the root causes of climate change. Climate change is perhaps humanity’s greatest teacher yet about how these mental forces, when unchecked in ourselves and our institutions, cause harm to other people and the living environment. A group of Dharma teachers have issued the following statement describing core Buddhist insights […]

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