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Message from Henry: Does Zen Actually Work?

It’s a path, not a conclusion. Does Zen actually work? I sometimes wonder. After all, I still get elated when power brokers or incrowders from the world of books send me a friendly greeting, or throw a contract my way, or when a poem comes out in a renowned magazine. And crestfallen when left off […]

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Message from Henry: Taste of Awakening

Every koan is about awakening…. That’s why we have to have tasted “awakening” to work with them. The theory is that by studying how generations of old masters acted, in the koans, we gradually deepen our own awakening, until something happens that allows us to join them in their ongoing awakening. What this something is, is […]

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May We Find Our Inner Light

…behind the temporary unavoidable moments of human darkness is the light of calmness and clarity… As light of all kinds illuminate the festivities around our communities, we contemplate its relation to mindfulness. Different cultures around the globe celebrate the power of light to conquer darkness. The festivities are too numerous to list them all, but […]

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Winter Zen Residency: Spend January 2020 at Mountain Cloud Zen Center

Special program for the month of January! Join our winter cohort. Consider spending January living and working at Mountain Cloud Zen Center: deepen your sitting practice engage in samu service live on the beautiful Mountain Cloud land January in New Mexico is spectacular, clear crisp days, snow flurries and sunshine…. spend the month focused on […]

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Message from Henry: Fielding and Finding

Another way of framing what we’re doing in practice: it is two-fold… First, “fielding” suffering, and welcoming, reducing, transforming it. Second, contacting, finding, encountering intrinsic well-being and allowing it to flourish, grow and show itself more and more clearly, deeply and widely. Message from Henry is from our December 9, 2019 Newsletter Image: Bubble by […]

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Mindful Consuming

Mindful, silent meals are a precious experience to be savored. The holidays for many are a time to celebrate food and family, and a chance to relax with our favorite pastimes. This presents an opportunity to call to mind the profound lessons we learn during our silent retreats, particularly during our silent meals. On the practical level, […]

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Message from Henry: A Mindful Approach to Stress

We learn to experience emotions in the body, and less in the stories we have about them… According to biology and neurology professor Robert Sapolsky (in his book Behave) one of the aspects of chronic stress is that it tends to be psychological. That’s to say, we are threatened not only by actual threats, but […]

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