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Message from Henry: No Knowing

The groundless ground springs forth. There is “breakthrough practice” and self-study “present moment experience” practice. Tending the garden of now. Or knocking through the walls of the house, tearing it down. It would be nice to think both kinds of practice lead to the same place, to some mythic land of redemption. Heaven, nirvana, enlightenment. […]

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Weekend Introductory Retreat: November 16-18, Registration is closed

This short retreat begins on Friday evening November 16 and ends Sunday morning November 18. It is designed to support those new to Zazen retreats and will help you acclimate to extended periods of sitting. Many experienced practitioners enjoy this weekend of extended sitting. Refresh and renew with this brief retreat.  Click here for a sample […]

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Insight Dialogue, Five Monday Evenings with Nicola Redfern

Two more sessions remain, all are invited! Insight Dialogue with Nicola Redfern Monday Evenings October 29-November 26, 6:30-8:30pm Mountain Cloud Zen Center No fee, donations gratefully accepted Join Nicola Redfern for a five week introductory series to Insight Dialogue, an interpersonal meditation practice that brings together meditative awareness, the wisdom teachings of the Buddha, and […]

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Teisho: Sesshin Talk 3 (of 5): Case 73, Book of Equanimity: Sôzan’s Filial Fulfillment

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“… a continuous letting-go of everything …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. Master Sôzan, along with Master Tôzan, founded the Soto sect of Zen. Case 73 inspires a discussion of the lineage of practice and how this relates to “fulfilling filial piety,” which can result in a kind of rebirth. […]


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Message from Henry: The Opportunity of Suffering

…our very suffering is our greatest opportunity and teaching. We may or may not be theistic by temperament or upbringing, but may still believe in the intrinsic benevolence of creation – of the universe existing, and of our place in it as conscious beings. Yes there is all the beauty and love and generosity and […]

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Science and Practice Notes

Western science begins in a kind of humility, with an assumption that we don’t know. Practice is similar or comparable. It begins with humility also – not in a self-blaming way, but in an acceptance that when it comes to our suffering, we ourselves are likely the problem. ~ Henry Shukman   Image: Water Lily […]

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Teisho: Sesshin Talk 2 (of 5): Gimme the Enlightenment! (Part 2)

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  Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. This talk focuses on Bodhidharma’s second gate to the Zen path, entry by principle (or fact), as expressed by the first koan, Mu. Henry reads various passages, including a wonderful description of walking meditation by Natalie Goldberg, with the intention of giving […]


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Message from Henry: Deep Dive

Everything goes back to front. Another analogy for practice: there was a 1950s movie about attempts to break the sound barrier. The pilots would climb exceptionally high in their jets then aim at the ground. They would dive as fast as they could. Alas, as they got close to the sound barrier, they kept crashing. […]

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