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Message from Henry: Lessons

  Just because we had a good time on one retreat doesn’t mean we will in the next. On the other hand, having a hard time during a retreat may in fact have taught us things that will stand us in better stead next time around. Funny how it goes. Message from Henry is from […]

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Message from Henry: Basic Reality

The Dalai Lama says: the basic reality of all human beings is shared. It’s our oneness. And our differences are secondary. Likewise, he says our basic nature is compassion. And anger and violence are secondary.   From our June 10, 2019 Newsletter Image: Dandelion by Dewdrop157, Pixabay License  

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Visiting Students Program

Mountain Cloud’s Visiting Students Program offers meditation practitioners the chance to dive deeply into the living dharma through daily sits, samu work practice and community participation. We are open for a limited number of short-term guests and visiting students. We are looking for people with an existing meditation practice interested in joining in the life of […]

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Generosity Campaign

Hello friends, We are so blessed to have a growing group of practitioners at Mountain Cloud, all of whom find different ways to support our beautiful adobe center and the land bequeathed to it. Everyone is generous in their own way, just as practice encourages us to be. Buddhism has “six perfections” or “means of […]

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Message from Henry: Concentration

…we see truly… Of all the seven “factors of awakening” the most important is concentration. All the contemplative traditions concur on this. If you can just get clearly and strongly focused and gathered around one point, in single-pointed awareness, you can see through. And once that happens, you can break through, and the whole structure […]

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Sangha Meeting Minutes: May 25, 2019

Thank you to all who attended our May 26 sangha meeting. Attendees are listed at the end of this report. We have three sangha meetings per year. Minutes are published on our website and will continue to be posted on our bulletin board. Brief Meditation: Led by Henry Minutes of January 2019 sangha meeting approved […]

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Message from Henry: Like a Koan

A retreat itself is like a koan — the more we let go of the self and its understandings, the more the retreat makes sense. The more beautiful and wonderful it becomes. Like a koan. What we need to do is just trust, and just let go. Message from Henry is from our May 27, […]

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Message from Henry: Authentic Fulfillment

…to be more free of “me” — and to begin to taste a far more real and profound fulfillment. The basis of what used to be called a religious life, and nowadays we might call a life of spiritual practice, is learning to stop serving the sense of self. It’s pretty radical for many of us, […]

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