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Message from Henry: Great Peace

Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect fo his path of training. Click here to read Zen Death (a previous installment) to put this week’s piece in context.  A war was over. It wasn’t clear if I had won or lost–but presumably lost. The contents of the war, its […]

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Mountain Cloud Art Exhibit and Fundraiser

Please join us! Mountain Cloud Art Exhibit and Fundraiser 13 Paintings by Christy Hengst inspired by Mountain Cloud Sunday June 28-July 3 online preview at ChristyHengst.com Friday July 3, 5-8pm MST in-person exhibit and preview outside socially distanced and spread out on the grounds of Mountain Cloud Saturday July 4 9am – Sunday July 5 […]

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July 17-19: Three-day Virtual Retreat – Registration Open

Join us for a virtual meditation retreat Three full days: July 17-19 Friday morning – Sunday Afternoon Suggested payment is $100-$200, but pay any amount that you can reasonably afford. No one will be turned away. Talks, Q&A, sitting together, easy relaxing body practice, meditation guidance, and plenty of open silent shared sitting. Daily Schedule  Early […]

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Message from Henry: Absolute Inclusivity

Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect of his path of training. Zen may undermine false assumptions, but its goal is to help us live more helpfully – not in servitude to an imaginary tyrant called “me,” but in the service of others. In the core of “ancestral Zen,” this […]

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Message from Henry: Thoughts on Wisdom

Some ways of looking at the term wisdom… 1. Basic practice: it is wise to begin where we are: always from things just as they are. Beginning in acceptance. Human foibles, world troubles: we start by accepting that they are as they are. From there the work begins, of improving things: that’s wisdom too. 2. […]

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Message from Henry: Stop and Be

Out of inaction, out of stillness, out of quiet … new and more considered behaviors can emerge We know we will die. We know that humans will cease to be — either asteroids, or the sun expanding, or our own activities, will make this planet uninhabitable sooner or later. Granted this, why not make the […]

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Message from Henry: Zen Death

Today’s message from Henry is a short excerpt from Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass.  We pick up where we left off last week.  Click here to read last week’s message. It’s hard to know what exactly happened, but when I look back on it, there’s simply nothing. Not even an awareness […]

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