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Message from Henry: Wal-Gazing

…we simply meet it, allow it, receive it, as a thing, a phenomenon, an apparition. At certain times in its long history the Zen form of Buddhism has been known as the “wall-gazing school”. Bodhidharma, said to have brought “Dhyana” or “Zen” Buddhism from India to China in the sixth century, was sometimes known as […]

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Virtual Zendo

While we are closed during the corona-virus outbreak, we are opening a virtual zendo. We are hosting online sits led by Mountain Cloud jikis at all our normal sitting times. Please join us and connect with each other online. To participate in these virtual sits on your computer/tablet or other device, use this link…. The virtual […]

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Dharma Talk and Q&A with Henry: Sunday March 29

This Sunday March 29, Henry will be offering an online talk with question/answer period. Tune in for sitting at…. 10am Mountain Time 9am Pacific Time 12pm Eastern Time Henry’s talk will begin about 10:30am. Join this San Diego/Encinitas Zoom Meeting by clicking this link at the designated time…. Meeting ID: 753 066 874 Password: […]

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Spring Sesshin

Mountain Cloud just finished its weeklong spring sesshin. 43 of us sat in the packed zendo while around us the US caught up with the rest of the world in its precautions against the coronavirus. We were settled deep and true in the dhamma, under the guidance of Valerie Forstman Roshi, along with Henry.

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Message from Henry: The Space in the Middle

Suddenly it’s clear: there’s no one there. Just empty space. … you become superconscious of your breathing, but it’s no longer yours. It’s like watching an animal breathe, as if through a lens. You ask, Who is it breathing? There is the rustle of inhalation followed by exhalation. Whose breath is it? You switch your attention […]

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