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How to Be in the World: Part 1 of 5

How to Be in the World: J.D. Salinger and a Zen Koan for Authenticity Click to read Part 2 and Part 3 and Part 4 and Part 5 of 5 of How to Be in the World. “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” J. D. Salinger inscribed in the opening pages of Nine Stories. […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 4 of 4

…a truth of spiritual life: that there are moments we come to when our thinking is suspended, and when an old knowing has been dropped and the attachment to a new knowing has not yet arisen.   This post is the final installment of the four part series, The Art of Being Wrong. Click here to […]

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Newsletter: February 3, 2015

The sudden clear recognition that we never existed the way we thought we did: true kensho. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, February 3, 2015, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) OR scroll to the bottom of any other page on […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 3 of 4

…as Nansen told Joshu, we are more likely to stumble upon the Way when we cease our vaunting efforts to “attain” it. Rather, when we succumb with grace to the fact that we are, basically, hopeless cases, we have an extraordinary opportunity to discover in what sense we are not hopeless. This post is Part […]

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Mindful Parenting Class: Thursday Mornings, February 26-April 2

Stress Reduction for Parents! Kate Reynolds, LPCC will be facilitating a Mindful Parenting Class at Mountain Cloud on Thursday mornings, 8:45-10:15, February 26-April 2. Cost is $155 for the six week series which includes workbook, 4 cd set and over 20 meditations, articles, poems and resource lists. Scholarships are available. For more information or to register, […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 2 of 4

This is where a koan’s capacity for liberation lies—not in the discovery of some new knowledge but in its power to help us give up our familiar template of knowing. This post is a continuation of The Art of Being Wrong Part 1. Peripeteia as defined by Aristotle is a literary device. But it seems […]

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The Art of Being Wrong: Part 1 of 4

Nearly always, in great literature, there is some kind of turning point in a narrative arc which is also a turning back—something like Dogen’s “backward step that shines the light inward”—wherein a character is granted an opportunity to understand himself in a different or better way, and it’s that that makes all the difference. There’s […]

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A Matter of Misdirection: Part 3 of 3

For while original enlightenment is without limits, its expression is always particular. We don’t live life in general; we live life in particular ways, and it is in its particulars that life is invested with wisdom and meaning. This is the final installment of A Matter of Misdirection. Click to Read Part 1 and Part 2.   […]

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