Henry Shukman joins Dr. Rick Hanson and his son Forrest Hanson on the Being Well Podcast to explore self-transcendent experiences, relaxing self-identification, and the warm heart at the core of Zen practice. Listen to the podcast here. For more information about Dr Rick Hanson and the Being Well Podcast, click here.
Welcome to our Virtual Zendo While we are closed during the corona-virus outbreak, we have created a virtual zendo using Zoom. Our daily sits and weekly intro classes are free and open to all. For retreats we request a payment (sliding scale), but all are invited, not just members. This page… Answers frequently asked questions about zoom […]
On May 5 2021, Henry was the meditation leader and guest speaker at Dr. Rick Hanson’s Wednesday Evening Meditation. The first video is the meditation. The next video is Henry’s talk and discussion about Original Love and the Path of Awakening. For more info about Rick Hanson’s Wednesday event click here. And here is the page on […]
…the challenge is to recognize that thoughts are a strategy, a coping mechanism, and that in our sitting we must therefore be very kind with them and with ourselves. About the challenge of surrendering to the Tao, of delivering ourselves into the hands of the Tao; of allowing all our trouble, surrendering to it, letting […]
Join us for Zen Basics A virtual meditation retreat Led by Henry Shukman May 20-23: Thursday morning – Sunday Afternoon Suggested payment is $125-$300 Give generously as you are able, or pay any amount that you can reasonably afford What to do when thoughts won’t stop. How to handle difficult emotions that surface in sitting, […]
Mountain Cloud Postcards have arrived! We have a limited edition bundle of 15 beautiful black and white cards made from photographs contributed by members of our Mountain Cloud community. The series explores memory and sense of place at Mountain Cloud Zen Center. Since the creation of the cards was a donation, 100% of […]
In the wake of the Why Mu? Retreat Valerie discusses some of what has stayed with her from the retreat’s talks and Q&A sessions. Photo by Sean Stratton on Unsplash
In this fourth and final talk from the Why Mu? Retreat, Henry continues looking at Mu and the paradoxical nature of awakening, which is beyond thought and cannot be rendered. There are a variety of practice methods designed to open doors and break barriers. Henry compares and contrasts Mu practice with mindfulness and non-dual awareness […]
Watch this lively and informative talk with Vanessa Sasson, author of the Novel, Yasodara and the Buddha. Sasson is a teacher, practitioner and scholar who has studied the the life of Siddhartha and has pieced together much thoughtful and engaging information about his wife Yasodara, and their relationship. Maria Habito introduces Vanessa at the beginning […]
To pursue the Why? you must surpass the Why? Then there is nothing left but Mu. As Henry said in Talk Two, “Mu is the last thing that can be said, before there are no words.” Valerie calls Mu this little thread of nothing and in this third talk from the retreat, she helps us […]
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“… primordial absence in Taoism or emptiness in Buddhism …” Description: Henry describes love as the origin. This origin is primordial absence in Taoism or emptiness in Buddhism. It’s basically coming to the point where there is no thing, simply nothing at all. These are words that are trying to label an experience of this […]