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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 2a of 6)

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“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the second in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry and David continue to explore the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature. David is an ecologist, geo-philosopher, and writer. David describes a geo-philosopher […]


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radiance

Teisho: Case 66, Book of Equanimity: Wisdom in the Kegon Sutra

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Koans are dark to the mind but radiant to the heart    Description: This talk centers on Case 67, which is taken from the Kegon Sutra. The Buddha says, “Now I see all living beings everywhere, and I see that each of them possesses the wisdom and virtue of Tathagata.” Henry explains the word Tathagata and […]


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Teisho: Case 66, Book of Equanimity: Kyûhô’s “Head and Tail”

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“… the movement into service …“   Description: Henry begins by explaining how koans are a doorway into the deepest aspects of our existence. Zen is about letting go of everything we think we know, of all our beliefs and opinions. It is a process of purification that allows for the discovery of another dimension of our existence. […]


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world speaks through us

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 1b of 6)

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“… when we speak, the world is speaking through us …“ Description: This is the first in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. David is a cultural ecologist, geo-philosopher, and performance artist and the author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous. His writings have catalyzed the emergence of several new […]


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human earth inter being

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 1a of 6)

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“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the first in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. David is a cultural ecologist, geo-philosopher, and performance artist and the author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous. His writings have catalyzed the emergence of […]


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no self no witness

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 5)

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“… There is no self, no witness, and no world and it is marked by a sense of deep relief and joy …“ To reach satisfaction in all, desire its possession in nothing.                      John of the Cross Description: This is the fifth and final talk from the Fall […]


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interconnected universe not separate

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 4) & Case 64, Book of Equanimity: Shuzan’s “Bride”

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“… the most important thing about Zen training. It is the experiential discovery that we are not alone, we are not individual, we are not separate from anything …“ Zazen is the gate of ease and joy.                                         […]


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one well being boundless love

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 3) & Case 65, Book of Equanimity: Shuzan’s “Bride”

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“… only one well-being that unites all things in boundless love …“  To come to be what you are not, you must go by a way in which you are not.                                                 John of the […]


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available to the moment

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training & The Jhanas (Part 2)

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“… The work of concentration, deepening and clarifying makes us more available to the moment …“   Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Fall 2017 sesshin. Henry continues to outline an overall map of what Zen offers as a means of extinguishing the three fires—desire, aversion and delusion. This unfolds into further discussion of the […]


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Teisho: A Map of Zen Training & The Jhanas

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“… Whatever your practice is, let it absorb you …“   Description: This teisho is the first talk from the Fall 2017 sesshin. In the first half of the talk, Henry outlines a map of Zen training, beginning with Bodhidharma and the two entries of Zen practice—by “practice” and by “principle”. This leads into the Four Noble Truths, […]


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