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Yaza: All Night Virtual Sit – December 7-8

Please join us for…. Yaza: an All-night Virtual Sit  …to commemorate Siddhartha Gotama Shakyamuni Buddha’s Awakening   Starting Monday December 7th at 9pm MT, we will sit through the night, with some breaks and two short talks, from our teacher’s Valerie and Henry, and close in the early morning of December 8th with a virtual candle-lighting […]

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Sangha Meeting Notes: October 17, 2020

October 17 Sangha Meeting Minutes Financials In May, Damon reported that our initial budget loss of nearly $50,000, caused by the cancellation of many 2020 events, had been reduced to less than $20,000. Since that meeting, members of Mountain Cloud have been endlessly generous. Through donations and tireless efforts put forth by many individuals, the […]

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Samadhi, Henry Shukman

The Sanbo Zen lineage has traditionally focused on kensho (sudden awakening) experiences which offer a complete, though often brief, shift in how we see reality. To attain this shift, practitioners sit on a cushion and meditate with little instruction. This changed in the 1940s when Zen opened to western seekers and laity. An early introductory […]

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Message from Henry: Kensho

Kensho: opening up the bottom of the barrel will require getting disoriented. We have to let go of our ordinary bearings. There is really no other way. We are moving from a 3-D view of the world to a 4-D or 5-D one, or perhaps a zero-D view. We can’t do that without disorientation. The […]

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Message from Henry: Love and Wellbeing

Everything that you do – you only see if it’s been good and right when you view it from the perspective of love. We have to get to the vantage of love first, before we start evaluating and checking. *** Tolstoy. He’s like us: a lay practitioner convinced that even ordinary life, married or single, […]

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Fierce Compassion, Dharma Talk by Valerie Forstman

Valerie’s dharma talk probes Case 23 from the Blue Cliff Record, Hofuku and Chokei on an Outing. Hofuku says “This very moment is awakening. Exactly,” responds Chokei, “but it’s regrettable.” This talk was recorded on October 8, 2020 in our virtual zendo. Find this and many other talks and discussions on the Mountain Cloud You […]

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