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Message from Henry: Clean and Sober

“…the path of practice is a dis-intoxication, a dis-enchantment from false views.” One of the German words for “clean” is sauber, which is related to the English word “sober”. Buddhism has embedded metaphors of purification and “cleaning up.” Purifying primarily refers to scrubbing away the defilements or impurities of afflictions and delusions that cause negative […]

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Casa, by Rosa Bellino

  Casa a place I must leave I know Each step carved on the wheel of life a circle that never ends a circle of ever new vistas in a world I do not yet know and yet… Casa a place I know must return to as I walk on the path that will bring […]

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Message from Henry: Oiling the Wheel

Lubricants of compassion, humility and gratitude… Some wonderful lubricants that can help with our dukkha, our suffering, our resistance – that help to oil the wheel misaligned on its axle – are humility, gratitude and compassion. If we awaken any one of them in the heart, our practice will come to life in new ways. […]

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How Buddhist is Modern Buddhism? Book Review and Analysis by David Loy

Ultimately, the fundamental issue is not Buddhist interaction with scientific reductionism or Romanticism but how the Buddhism that is emerging might best address the individual and collective dukkha [suffering] of our time. Buddhism was the first major missionary religion, and by all accounts it seems to have spread peacefully. The merchants and monks who transported […]

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Message from Henry: Offering

Giving up. Giving to. Giving in. Last week I wrote that Mu is not a task. Why not? If we bring the question back to practice in general — practice can seem like a task. We do it, we have a method, we take time to do it. But from another perspective, the basic aspect […]

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Uji – Being-Time, Dogen

An old Buddha said: For the time being, I stand astride the highest mountain peaks. For the time being, I move on the deepest depths of the ocean floor. For the time being, I’m three heads and eight arms. For the time being, I’m eight feet or sixteen feet. For the time being, I’m a […]

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Message from Henry: Re-parenting

Mu. It’s not a task. Once you really get this second kind of parenting that dharma training can offer, and go through a new kind of childhood, whatever wounds there may be from inadequacies in the first, physical parenting get both healed and greatly reduced in importance.   Message from Henry is from our June […]

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Breathe Truth into the Word

Poetry does not care If you like it or not Rhymes may care What you write How you write But true poetry doesn’t care About the words you use It only cares About the silence you sing The pauses The stillness That breathes into your voice The invisible wind That carries each letter Each sound on […]

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