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Autumn Sesshin: September 16-22, 2019

Our 2019 6-day Autumn sesshin begins September 16 and ends on Sunday September 22. Join us for this period of deep practice; 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. Sliding Scale:  $380 – $530 Payments exceeding […]

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Insight Dialogue Opportunities with Nicola Redfern

Mountain Cloud Zen Center is pleased to offer two Insight Dialogue events:  a six-week introductory series and a daylong workshop both led by Mountain Cloud member and Insight Dialogue teacher, Nicola Redfern. Insight Dialogue, is an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and the power of relationship. […]

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Message from Henry: Just This

No before or after. No over there, no over here. Just this. Time and space – vanished, gone. Only this. You could say: only peace, but that already spoils it. It has flavors: Silent. Still. Quiet. Infinitely soft. Utterly solid. Infinitely powerful, energetic, dynamic. Infinitely flowing, a churning waterfall of beauty and softness. Infinitely supportive, […]

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The Heart of a Rose

  The Heart Of a rose So soft So easy to break Let it break it open Open to Life Open to sorrow Open to joy And yet Your open Heart Is never  touched Never soiled By the ups and downs of Life Yes Let your Heart be Broken open Now Before It breaks in thousands peaces Each piece lost […]

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Message from Henry: Seismic Dharma

I had a dream recently in which Mountain Cloud was a great truck on which many of us were traveling – almost like a ship – riding through seismically active mountains. Volcanoes and fumaroles would steam and rupture and shake the earth – and on we went, riding through it all. In the words of […]

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Message from Henry: Zen Whisperer

…we are allowing an inner wellbeing, fulfillment, peace … to start to show itself. The old religious idea of making one’s heart and mind a fit dwelling place for God – it’s a lovely analogy for practice. In practice we are learning to cultivate a healthy and “clean” inner space.  We might think of it […]

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