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Message from Henry: The Gift

It’s like one has been given a gift. If you just remember to consult it, it will always give you a right course, in any situation. But you have to consult it. Which means you have to practice. There is a breaking through or falling away that happens, after which this nameless and formless gift […]

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October 20-22: Weekend Introductory Retreat

This short weekend retreat begins on Friday evening October 20 and ends Sunday mid-day October 22. Designed to support those new to meditation, it is ideal for those who have never done a multi-day retreat. Experienced practitioners are also welcome to participate in a weekend of extended sitting. Basic Retreat cost: $130 Benefactor cost: $180 Benefactors […]

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Message From Henry: Breath Break

…the Way is intrinsically fulfilled; the principle of Zen is complete freedom. ~ Dogen Upright, balanced – yet completely at ease. This is intrinsic fulfillment. Rested, relaxed – yet alert with an awareness that penetrates everywhere and embraces all things. This is unbounded freedom. ****** In praise of the Smoking Ban… The “fag break,” so […]

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Whole-Hearted Attention

…without attention we live only on the surface of existence. The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention…. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars […]

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Work Retreat: October 1-7

Join us for a work retreat 
Mountain Cloud Zen Center October 1-7, 2017 Cost is Free, 
Meals provided Come for the full week, a few days, or a few hours Create community 
Work Together Improve our beautiful center Work 6 hours a day and sit for 2-3 hours. 
Private interviews, dharma talks and beginner instruction. Residents […]

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November 25 & 26: Weekend Workshop with Kaz Tanahasi and Henry Shukman Exploring Zen Master Dogen

The Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the teachings of Zen Master Dogen With Kazuaki Tanahashi and Henry Shukman At Mountain Cloud Zen Center November 25-26 (Saturday and Sunday) 10 AM – 4 PM each day (Lunch provided) Cost: $130   Join us for meditation, dharma talks, discussion and demonstrations of calligraphy, all inspired by Master […]

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Message from Henry: Shadows

The brighter the light the deeper the shadow. It’s easy enough to see the mote in another’s eye. Our Lord is infinitely merciful – and we’ll torture you until you do feel his mercy… We venerate the bond between mother and child (witness our icons), but have a child out of wedlock and we’ll take […]

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