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Progress / Regress

…this Way is a path: every moment is a path. One of the marvels of the Zen way is that you can actually never regress on the path. You can’t lose ground. You can’t fall back or drop back or reverse the progress. But it can surely feel like it. We could look at this […]

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Contingent Arising

… we are nothing but this very moment arising. As kids, our parents’ lives seem to us so solid and established – the jobs, the house, the routines. Personally, much of my earlier adulthood I was waiting for that kind of a sense of solidity to arrive in my own life, especially once we had […]

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David Loy at Mountain Cloud, September 16, 7pm

Wednesday September 16, 7pm David Loy will speak at Mountain Cloud about the convergence of Western traditions of social reform with Asian traditions of inner transformation. David Loy is a professor, writer, and Zen teacher in the Sanbo Kyodan tradition of Japanese Zen Buddhism. His articles appear regularly in major journals and Buddhist magazines including Tricycle, […]

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Message from Henry: Five Skandhas

When like and dislike do not arise, the Way stands clear.  – from the Shinjinmei These are the five “skandhas” or “aggregates”: matter or form (rupa), sensation or feeling (vedana), perception or recognition (sañña), mental formations or reactions (sankhara), consciousness (viññana). The five skandhas are not just basic elements of experience, but constitute stages in […]

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How does an Awakened Person Perceive the World? Part 1 of 4

The corn was orient and immortal wheat, which never should be reaped, nor was ever sown.  -Thomas Traherne David Loy explores the nature of reality, and ourselves, when we experience the world as it really is. How does an enlightened person perceive the world? Obviously, that’s an important question for non-dualists including Advaitins and Buddhists. ‘Waking […]

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What Matters Most

All Zen asks of us is that we become quiet and still with ourselves, and find out who we really are. I would like to urge each of you to look into your heart and ask yourself what matters most in this brief span of years we have been granted. It won’t be long before […]

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