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Message from Henry: Hearts on Fire

Desperation — in a way, it’s quite right. We should be desperate. This situation we are in called life — what is it? Why is it happening? How should we live? Who really are we? Not just hair on fire, but hearts on fire! Zen is passionate. It loves the world, it cares for beings, […]

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Message from Henry: New Levels

The meditative, contemplative life – you might think it sounds so placid… But it’s more like hopping on a throaty old Triumph motorbike and putting it through its paces, seeing what it can really do. Taking this body, mind and heart for ride after heavy ride, taking them for all they’ve got – and finding […]

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Sangha Meeting: Saturday May 25, 10am

Join us for our next Sangha meeting for all Mountain Cloud members and friends. Learn about what’s happening in our community… Rio Grande Mindfullness Institute (RGMI) Henry’s teaching activities Visiting student’s program Samu / work Practice Garden, cottage and grounds updates Provide your input. Bring your questions. All are encouraged to attend. Considering becoming a […]

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Message from Henry: Daily Sit

…being still daily… We have to sit every day. Then it becomes a path. We start to feel the earth under our feet, and the fact that we are following a trail, an old road, begins to show itself. By being still daily. Don’t struggle with it. Just let it be part of your life, […]

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“This”

This has no time. This has no place. This has no words. This has no characteristics at all. Anything that comes into this, dissolves and evaporates… like a snowflake in a furnace, as Kakuan said of the eighth ox-herding picture. This is reality. This is home. This is the truth. People don’t generally seem to […]

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Message from Henry: Pushing

Isn’t it a relief to have found a practice that doesn’t respond at all to pushing? It’s a granite rock, implacable, unmoveable. Try to push ahead and it just pushes back. Utterly stubborn. Thinking back over the eight or so books I published when I was busy as a writer, I remember that some were […]

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The Ultimate

All objects point to the Ultimate,  and a real work of art actively brings whoever  sees or hears it  to his real nature, which is beauty.  The difference between an ordinary object and a work of art is    that the object is passive in its pointing towards the Ultimate  whereas the work of art is active. […]

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Work Practice: Sunday April 28, 10:15-11:45 followed by lunch. Join us!

What is Buddha? a student asked Tozan (Dongshan). Three pounds of hemp! he snapped back. What is Buddha? a student asked Unmon (Yunmen). Dried shit-stick! he responded. The broom, the shovel, the chisel, saw, hoe and twine: all are “buddha” – integral parts of one awakened reality. Work practice is integral to meditation training. Whether […]

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