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Message from Henry: Pointers

A few pointers for new students — and reminders for students of long standing: Please keep a journal of your practice – as brief and irregular as you like. Anything that feels significant at the time could be jotted down. If you are working on koans, please keep a record of each dokusan, and the […]

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Dogen: Portrait

If you take this portrait of me to be real,
 Then what am I, really?
 But why hang it there,
 If not to anticipate people getting to know me?
 Looking at this portrait,
 Can you say that what is hanging there
 Is really me?
 In that case your mind will never be
 Fully united with […]

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Message from Henry: Mysterious Zero

The self is a process of holding on and resisting. It holds on to its own imaginary self-ness. Sitting in an old stone shed among a compound of buildings dating from 1420, in southern Scotland… Outside, above and around the little room, trees sigh and hiss as the winds move through. Beech, sycamore, spruce mostly. […]

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Video: The Moment That Still IS …

I was given this greatest opportunity of all opportunities – to be a human being. ~ Henry Shukman Based on his own direct experience of dying without dying, Henry Shukman talks about … the moment that still IS … where there is no seer … nothing but pure awareness. It is the pivotal  turning point of […]

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Message from Henry: Friends

One recent Sunday my father-in-law took me to the Quaker house in the village of Ettington, Warwickshire, seven miles from their home. Built between 1681 and 1684 as one of the first Friends’ meeting houses in England, it’s a stone cottage comprising one well-proportioned room, its rough plaster walls hung with woven rush matting (a […]

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Koan: Seizei the Poor

A monk, Seizei, asked Master Sôzan in all earnestness… Seizei is alone and poor. I beg you, Master, please help me to become prosperous. San said, Venerable Zei!  Yes, Master! replied Zei. San said… You have already drunk three cups of fine Hakka wine and still you say that you have not yet moistened your […]

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Message from Henry: London

back to the breath… empty core… great space… Sitting outside my brother and sister in law’s house, in the back garden, facing the brick wall at the back of the house, on the cool paving. Morning. Sunny day, blue sky, a rug of sunshine hanging on the garden wall. The rest of the garden in […]

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