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Breaking Ground

After three years of planning, we are now ready to begin improving and expanding our facilities. Photo from our January 14 Ceremony of blessing…. taken by John Braman We will start with much needed upgrades to our infrastructure in order to meet Santa Fe County Codes, so that we can continue to use our land […]

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Work Retreat: April 1-8

Blend your sitting practice with work. Join us for a work retreat at Mountain Cloud from April 1-8. Cost is Free (small donation toward food cost appreciated) Help us prepare our land for our infrastructure and building project. Participants will work for about 6 hours a day and sit for 2-3 hours. Newcomers are welcome […]

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Foreword to Flowing Bridge: The Miscellaneous Koans, by Ruben Habito, Part 1 of 3

This first fruit of Zen is about con-centration…coming together toward the center of one’s being or centering… The Zen experience of kensho, or “seeing one’s true nature,” is a pivotal point in a practitioner’s spiritual path. While for some it can be a spectacular event that takes one entirely by surprise, accompanied by spontaneous outbursts […]

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Teisho: Henry Explores Reincarnation

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“If you think such a theory (that there is a soul that exits the body at death and re-enters another upon birth) constitutes the Buddha’s teaching, you are even more foolish than someone who picks up a roof tile thinking it’s a gold coin.” ~ Dogen “All other lives are not separate from you yourself. […]

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Message from Henry: The Great Way

When we taste the great way, we know that falsehood is an impossibility – all is already revealed, in intimacy and completeness. This piece continues Henry’s discussion of the six paramitas. Each paramita is a pointer to the great way. It perfectly embodies it. By following its guidance, we can find the reality of the […]

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The Practice of Zen, By Ruben Habito

Enjoy these wise words from Roshi Ruben Habito, Sanbo Zen Teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas. This piece is taken from the MKZC website. As we look around us, we see how there is so much woundedness on different levels, individual, social and ecological. Some of us may already be engaged in […]

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Teisho: Case 53, Book of Equanimity: Obaku’s Drinkers

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Case 52: Ôbaku instructed the assembly and said, “You are all drinkers of lees [dregs]. If you continue to go on your Way like this, when will you have your ‘today’? Do you know that in this great empire of Tang there is no Zen master?” Now a monk came forward and said, “What would you […]

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Message from Henry: Sila

…the practice makes us stand for various things, two of which fall under this second paramita – namely, truth (so far as it can be ascertained) and kindness. The second paramita is sila – ethical living, practicing restraint, especially refraining from the five grave errors, namely killing, stealing, lying, misusing sex, and intoxication. Politics, naturally, […]

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