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Message from Henry: Heart Opening

Sit and be still, be silent, and let your heart open. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual practice is as long as it teaches you to love this world. Not “teach” in the sense of telling you to. Rather, that it makes love open up in your heart. All the philosophy, theology, practices, methods and […]

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Message from Henry: Purpose of Life

Which one of these statements is true? The purpose of life is to help others through it. The purpose of life is to experience love. The purpose of life is to love ourselves. The purpose of life is to awaken. Which one of these statements is true? Which one is untrue? (These are trick questions.) […]

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Message from Henry: Mind-States

Are we using practice – and perhaps wandering from teacher to teacher – in order to manage moods and cultivate or “get” states of mind that we like? That’s not freedom, no matter how good some of these mind-states may feel. Real practice takes us through and beyond all that…. to one true liberation.   […]

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Message from Henry: Self-System

I was looking at an ad in a German rail-station. It showed a misty morning in an old German village among wooded hills, along with a chilled glass of classic beer – a “Landbier” as the ad called it, a “country beer”. It set up a nostalgia in me: an old love of beer, love […]

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In the Shadows of Transference, by David Loy

Fundamentally, the Buddhist path is not about good versus evil and salvation from sin, but ignorance versus awakening and developing the wisdom that sees through delusions that lead to dukkha. Sogyal Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham . . . alas, yet another wave of scandals around issues of sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. In this case, […]

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Message from Henry: A Single Path

Sometimes people feel they need to go to many different teachers. Master Sheng Yen says it’s as if they think they’ll get something from each teacher, say one dollar from each one, so if they go to ten they’ll have ten dollars. He goes on to say that a more helpful analogy is that of […]

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