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Rohatsu

We had a wonderful Rohatsu sesshin earlier this month with over thirty participants embracing deep silence.   Thank you to all particpants, much gratitude to the zendo team and a very deep gassho to our teacher Henry Shukman.   

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Dharma Adaptation

We are very attached to our selves and their desires and loves and fears. Yes, we have to find ways for Dharma practice to adapt to western culture… But the far greater project is our own adapting to the Dharma. Otherwise, why bother? Some fruits of meditation are easier to accept than others. Who wouldn’t want […]

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Art and Dharma

  Something wants to be born… Some masters speak of the spiritual quest as a pregnancy. We may think we’re trying to resolve things for ourselves, find out who we really are, what this life is, but those are only symptoms. The pregnancy is not a metaphor. Something wants to be born. Writers and artists […]

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Newsletter: December 10, 2014

Happiness and sorrow, hope and despondency, joy and misery, satisfaction and frustration – the original face is at ease with all of them. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, December, 2014, 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 […]

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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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