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Message from Henry: The Opportunity of Suffering

…our very suffering is our greatest opportunity and teaching. We may or may not be theistic by temperament or upbringing, but may still believe in the intrinsic benevolence of creation – of the universe existing, and of our place in it as conscious beings. Yes there is all the beauty and love and generosity and […]

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Science and Practice Notes

Western science begins in a kind of humility, with an assumption that we don’t know. Practice is similar or comparable. It begins with humility also – not in a self-blaming way, but in an acceptance that when it comes to our suffering, we ourselves are likely the problem. ~ Henry Shukman   Image: Water Lily […]

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Message from Henry: Deep Dive

Everything goes back to front. Another analogy for practice: there was a 1950s movie about attempts to break the sound barrier. The pilots would climb exceptionally high in their jets then aim at the ground. They would dive as fast as they could. Alas, as they got close to the sound barrier, they kept crashing. […]

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Nothing to Understand

There’s nothing to understand. Do you understand a caress or a flower? I’m just. If you try to understand your mind as if it was a puzzle to solve, or try to understand which direction your life is going to be able to direct it to the best you are wasting energy and breath. Life […]

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Message from Henry: A Titanic Shift?

Could we be on the brink of a titanic shift, a Promethean change in humanity of vast implications? Various luminaries, visionaries and oddballs, cult-leaders and gurus, have talked of this kind of thing, but is it now actually appearing beyond doubt? What has been called the “human condition” for centuries is actually beginning to change. […]

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A Work of HeArt

  I would like my work to be the poetry of silence.   Each work, whatever form it takes, is a ‘trace’ of a journey within,  of an inner alchemy, a quest for identity,  a drawing, a calligraphy,  that reveals who we are at that particular moment,  like a mark on the canvas called life.  […]

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Message from Henry: Meet Each Moment

As one master said: When I sit, I sit; when I walk, I walk. There is no day that is properly exempt from practice. Practice is not a special segregated activity, but rather a way of meeting each moment more fully, directly and responsively. Therefore it isn’t ever something to postpone. Whatever is arising is […]

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Weekend Introductory Retreat: November 16-18, Registration is closed

This short retreat begins on Friday evening November 16 and ends Sunday morning November 18. It is designed to support those new to Zazen retreats and will help you acclimate to extended periods of sitting. Many experienced practitioners enjoy this weekend of extended sitting. Refresh and renew with this brief retreat.  Click here for a sample […]

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