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Newsletter: November 29, 2014

Dogen talked about “continuous practice,” but by this he didn’t mean “learning to practice all the time.” He meant that practice itself is happening continuously and universally. The whole universe, all existence, is practice. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 29, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to […]

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Anniversary Party

We had a delightful 4th Anniversary Party on November 14 at the Ellsworth Gallery in Santa Fe.  A lovely space, delicious food and charming company created an evening of splendid dharma festivity.  Special thanks to Kathryn and Katie for the great food and to Barry Ellsworth for sharing his luminous gallery space.     Images […]

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Winning and Losing

There is a place where all is well, and thus there is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. Where we are free in a way that is unimaginable. Where there is abundance of love in every moment. A few thoughts about our practice…. First, letting go. To be free we don’t try to let […]

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Newsletter: November 20, 2014

The very Mahayana, the very reality, is just this waking up, drinking a cup of tea, driving the kids to school, going to work … “Gloria dei homo vivens” … the glory of God is the living human being. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 20, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for […]

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A Quiet Self

Sometimes people say their sitting is still and deep, and that there really isn’t much sense of self active in their experience. That’s great: it’s growing samadhi. We could call it the start of “extinguishing,” where the process of “emptying” is getting under way. At the same time, it’s not at all the same as […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

“We may start to entertain the possibility that, just as “realization” revealed what a dream the world of self and other has been, perhaps even realization itself is also a dream to be awakened from. “Throw away all things and emptiness,” said master Mumon. “ Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. […]

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Newsletter: November 13, 2014

As Dogen said: “I went to China. Body and mind fell away. I found the Dharma. I went with empty hands, and I returned with empty hands.” Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 13, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see […]

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Escape

“..we all seem to yearn for something indescribably precious which has been lost to our experience.” Zen is also about closing off our escape routes, so that in the end there is nowhere to go. We have no choice but to be right here, where we are. We seem to long for transcendence, to escape […]

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