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Message from Henry: Clean and Sober

“…the path of practice is a dis-intoxication, a dis-enchantment from false views.” One of the German words for “clean” is sauber, which is related to the English word “sober”. Buddhism has embedded metaphors of purification and “cleaning up.” Purifying primarily refers to scrubbing away the defilements or impurities of afflictions and delusions that cause negative […]

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Casa, by Rosa Bellino

  Casa a place I must leave I know Each step carved on the wheel of life a circle that never ends a circle of ever new vistas in a world I do not yet know and yet… Casa a place I know must return to as I walk on the path that will bring […]

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Dharmatalk: Maura Noone: Allow It All

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“… Allow whatever’s happening … and let this practice just swallow you up …” Description: In this heart-felt and profound account of some of the ways that practice has helped her, Maura Noone, a Senior Student at Mountain Cloud, shares some of the challenging circumstances of her life, and shows in clear and illuminating ways […]


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Message from Henry: Oiling the Wheel

Lubricants of compassion, humility and gratitude… Some wonderful lubricants that can help with our dukkha, our suffering, our resistance – that help to oil the wheel misaligned on its axle – are humility, gratitude and compassion. If we awaken any one of them in the heart, our practice will come to life in new ways. […]

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How Buddhist is Modern Buddhism? Book Review and Analysis by David Loy

Ultimately, the fundamental issue is not Buddhist interaction with scientific reductionism or Romanticism but how the Buddhism that is emerging might best address the individual and collective dukkha [suffering] of our time. Buddhism was the first major missionary religion, and by all accounts it seems to have spread peacefully. The merchants and monks who transported […]

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Dharmatalk (Guest): Ruben Habito: World in a Grain of Sand

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To see a World in a Grain of Sand; And a Heaven in a Wild Flower ~William Blake Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX. Beginning with William Blake’s poem, “Auguries of Innocence,” we are invited to glimpse our true nature. Words and concepts […]


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Message from Henry: Offering

Giving up. Giving to. Giving in. Last week I wrote that Mu is not a task. Why not? If we bring the question back to practice in general — practice can seem like a task. We do it, we have a method, we take time to do it. But from another perspective, the basic aspect […]

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