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Message from our Board of Directors

Dear Friends and Supporters, We’ve had an exciting and busy year at Mountain Cloud Zen Center. Our many programs are flourishing, observable by the on-going construction of our expansion plan as well as the many new and familiar faces at our gatherings and events. To sustain our programs and teachings, we need your support. In addition to […]

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Dogen: Fleeting Dharma

Everyone admires A graceful horse Galloping past the streaming sunlight, But few realize that this fleeting image Is itself the way of Dharma. ~ Dogen Text from The Zen Poetry of Dogen: Verses from the Mountain of Eternal Peace, by Steve Heine Image (edited and logo added): Wild Horses by skeeze,  CC0 Public Domain from […]

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Teisho: Introductory Talk #4: Three Fruits of Zen Practice

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Description: This talk explores the three fruits of Zen practice. The first is concentration. The second is kensho, “seeing reality” or “seeing true nature.” The third is embodying this experience in everyday life. Concentration, or con-centration, is the process of continuously coming back to the present moment, where our lives are happening, in the center of […]

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Message from Henry: Relaxation

Practice: part about improving, and part about changing our attitude to imperfections.  Relaxation methods can be very helpful. But they tend to exert their effect only as long as we do them. Stop them, and we may cease being relaxed. On the other hand, to rest in present moment awareness, just as things are, with […]

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Alan Watts on Zen – by the South Park Creators

Enjoy this clever, humorous and Zen video from the South Park Creators, using Alan Watts teachings on Zen.  Recommended by Henry. “Trey Parker, one of the creators of South Park, was raised in Colorado, where his father attempted to teach him Buddhism. Now, years later, Parker and his animation pal Matt Stone have brought to […]

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Message from Henry: Crash Course

Practice is a lifelong craft…it is the craft of living itself. I recently heard about “Forty Years of Zen” — an outfit that promises a crash course in Zen training that they claim will give you the effects of forty years of practice in exchange for just five days of training (and a modest $15,000). […]

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Introductory Talk #3: Why Meditate? (Part 2)

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“… our existence where nothing is separate from anything else …” Description: This talk explores why it’s worth practicing meditation, in a broader context. Henry points to four main areas of human healing and exploration where mindfulness meditation, or present moment awareness practices, have great benefit. The first area is personal psychology. Over time, as we […]

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Message from Henry: Our Humanist Practice

“…our notion of a human being shifts, broadens, changes … the distinction between secular and sacred becomes pointless.” Contemporary Western Buddhism appears to be settling mostly on an atheistic secular approach. The mindfulness movement, and the modern reformed Buddhist movement of vipassana, both regard Buddhist practice as a therapeutic retraining of an individual’s psychology. Modern […]

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21st century Buddhism: Facing Institutionalized Suffering, Part 3

…we have a problem that the Buddha didn’t face, and this is institutionalized dukkha. Our economic system is institutionalized greed.  In this installment of Matthias Luckwaldt’s interview with David Loy, David answers questions about the poisons, precepts and the Eightfold Path.  If you missed them, click here for Part 1 and Part 2. When we talk about Buddhist ethics […]

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