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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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Zen and the Art of… Art

Zen art suggests a new way of seeing, a new way of being, that cuts to the core of what it means to be fully human and fully alive. — John Daido Loori Sesshu Toyo (1420-1506) -this is an example of a Zen landscape done during the Muromachi period. Sesshu trained as a professional painter in […]

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When Heaven Meets Heart

“When heaven meets heart a flower blooms unborn and undying it lives with a care till it turns the heard towards the ground and bows in gratitude” Photo and poem by Rosa Bellino, used with her permission

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Zazenkai: Sunday August 23, 9am-4pm

Join us for a day of zazen with Henry and the Mountain Cloud community. The day will include sitting, kinhin, teisho, and dokusan. Please come and dedicate a full day to your zazen practice and the dharma.  All are welcome. The cost is $25 for members of Mountain Cloud Zen Center and $30 for non-members. […]

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Real

The purpose of this training is in fact to lead us to a sudden clear recognition of reality. Zazen is many things: here is another… It allows us space in which to explore other ways of experiencing difficult feelings than our normal strategies. Typically most of us first try one of two things to deal […]

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Newsletter: July 21, 2015

This never tires. This never hurts. This could never lack, or own, or want, or desire, or feel. Yet this, though it has nothing, is always fulfilled, as Dogen said. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, July 21, 2015. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to the bottom of this page (see the box Subscribe below) […]

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