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The Tao is like a Well

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.   It is hidden but always present. I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.   Text: Mitchell, Stephen. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics), HarperCollins. […]

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Finish and Furnish our Cottage

Help us finish and furnish Much has been accomplished and we are approaching the finish line… Construction on the new Bradan-Wuest cottage is complete. Mountain Cloud will be able accommodate as many as twelve more people for sesshins and personal retreats. This milestone in the growth of our Zen Center could not have been reached without the generous support from […]

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The Dharma of Deconstruction, by David Loy, Part 2 of 2

For Nagarjuna, shunyata is simply a shorthand way to express the interdependence of all things. Nothing has any “self-existence” or “self-presence” because everything–including all concepts–is dependent upon everything else. Click to read Part 1.   Western philosophy’s turn toward examining the role of language in shaping experience, can one find in it, as in Buddhism, […]

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Weekend Introduction to Meditation Retreat, June 22-24, Registration Closed

  Weekend: Introduction to Meditation Retreat Friday evening June 22 — Sunday morning June 24 Cost: $130-$180     This  weekend retreat  offers two special opportunities… Basic mindful meditation techniques.  Newcomers to meditation and long-term sitters alike, from the Zen tradition or elsewhere, can learn some basic techniques and strategies that can help make our sitting […]

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The Dharma of Deconstruction, by David Loy, Part 1 of 2

For Nagarjuna, the world as we commonly experience it is a linguistic construct. The fundamental insight of what is known as the “linguistic turn” in twentieth-century Western thought is that language shapes our experience. Some of the most influential modern thinkers challenge our usual assumption that using language is merely a matter of attaching names […]

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