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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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Original Love 3: Absorption, Sitting with First Koans – Virtual Meditation Retreat, October 22-25

Join us for Original Love 3: Absorption, Sitting with First Koans, the third in a series of virtual online meditation retreats, co-led by Henry Shukman and Valerie Forstman In this retreat we explore approaches to samadhi and dissolving boundaries as we sit with some early koans, such as “what is this,” “who am I,” and […]

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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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Message from Henry: Maps

Early 16th century maps of the Americas confidently show a somewhat circular landmass with a lake in the middle, called Lago Manoa, on the shore of which stands the capital city of the continent, El Dorado. There are even street plans of the Golden City.  These maps reveal what the cartographers didn’t know – vast […]

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Poetry by CM Brown

Mountain Cloud Zen Center Sitting on the ground. The howl of the coyotes. No thing. No sitting.   Zazen At the Zen Center in Sante Fe sit in silence, eating our breakfast of oatmeal and fruit. The shapes of tables, the shapes of eyes and arms, the shapes of the chevrons carved into the backs of […]

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