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Dharmatalk: Being Open to Help

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“… to learn to surrender to forces beyond our control …” “… From the Zen point of view, every moment is holy …” Description: In continuing the discussion about levels of Zen practice, this talk looks at the level of tariki, “other power.” Whether we adhere to a religious outlook or not, it is easy to see […]


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Dharmatalk: The Whole Earth Is Medicine

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“… Koans are invitations to pass through the gate of separation …” Description: How can we learn through the pandemic crisis to let go of the sense of separateness that is the source of so many of the world’s problems? This talk takes Case 87 from the Blue Cliff Record, where Unmon states that “Medicine and […]


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Dharmatalk: A Koan for the World (3 of 3)

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“… koan Mu can give us a glimpse of the boundless love that pervades the whole universe …” “… Whatever we’re not welcoming, that’s our great teacher …” Description: Continuing on the theme of uncertainty, this talk considers koan practice as a way of helping us find our true home in a world where nothing is […]


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Dharmatalk: A Koan for the World (2 of 3)

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“… join with human beings around the world in unravelling the great, global koan …” “… Oneness is a property of all phenomena …” Description: This talk contains some practical advice for using mindfulness to deal with the global health crisis. Lockdown measures may afford us the opportunity to go deeper into our practice, where we […]


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Dharmatalk: A Koan for the World (1 of 3)

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“… Our every step is taken on instability …” Description: This talk is about opening up to uncertainty. We all tend to avoid uncertainty in our lives. When we encounter it, we often feel fear and anxiety. The outbreak of the coronavirus brought with it an unprecedented, global wave of uncertainty. If we can let go […]


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Dharmatalk: Unknown Territory: Original Love – Support (3 of 3)

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“… the value of going into unknown territory …” Description: In this final talk from our Original Love 2  (Support) retreat, Henry opens by exploring the value of going into unknown territory and having our preset ideas destabilized. Henry also talks about the critical, supportive work that occurs for many Zen practitioners who don’t experience […]


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Dharmatalk: Support: Original Love – Support (2 of 3)

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“… Support comes in varying forms …” Description: In this second original love retreat Henry focuses on a simple message: There is help. Henry asks us to hear and receive this message of help. Support comes in varying forms, some obvious, some less apparent. Henry explores these in this talk. And, here’s a link to our […]


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Dharmatalk: Greater Good: Original Love – Support (1 of 3)

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“… The focus of this talk … is about finding Trust …” Description: How do we find our authentic heart and how do we know what it’s called to do for the greater good? The focus of this talk and this Original Love retreat is about finding Trust, a type of trust that reveals deep support […]


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Dharmatalk: Just This: Original Love – Introduction (5 of 5)

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“… Here and now, this experience we are having right now, is it. “Just this” is original love …” Description: Henry continues his Original Love exploration, beginning with “Everything is of a single piece” then turns to the fourth level of practice, which is expressed more explicitly in Mahayana Buddhism. It is the place where […]


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Dharmatalk: Original Love & Inseparability: Original Love – Introduction (4 of 5)

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“… A quantum shift occurs that exposes the inseparability of all …” Description: Henry continues looking at original love. We humans are made in such a way that we can directly know original love with our consciousness. True awakening is discovering boundless inseparability and allows us come to the origin point of our existence…. original […]


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