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Virtual Zendo – FAQ

Welcome to our Virtual Zendo While we are closed during the corona-virus outbreak, we have created a virtual zendo using Zoom.  This page… answers frequently asked questions about zoom access and provides the zoom links for both sits, retreats and private interviews contains our schedule of sits, classes and talks get help with time zone conversion […]

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Winter Solstice Virtual Retreat, December 17-20

Join us for a virtual online meditation retreat led by Henry Shukman and Valerie Forstman   December 17-20 Thursday morning – Sunday Afternoon Suggested payment is $100-$250. Give generously, if you are able, or pay any amount that you can reasonably afford. No one will be turned away! This four-day virtual retreat includes talks, Q&A, sitting together, easy […]

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Yaza: All Night Virtual Sit – December 7-8

Please join us for…. Yaza: an All-night Virtual Sit  …to commemorate Siddhartha Gotama Shakyamuni Buddha’s Awakening   Starting Monday December 7th at 9pm MT, we will sit through the night, with some breaks and two short talks, from our teacher’s Valerie and Henry, and close in the early morning of December 8th with a virtual candle-lighting […]

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Dharmatalk: No Other

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“… Just come and sit, and let the flower of your heart open …”   Description: This talk explores the second two sentences of the Heart Sutra: “Form is no other than emptiness; emptiness no other than form…” The text is written this way to remind us not to think of emptiness as something other than […]


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Message from Henry: Happiness

If the problem is how to be happy, then most of us assume that we need to pacify the irritations, soothe the fears, and satisfy the desires of the self in its interactions with the world. But then we might get wind of “wisdom,” as it manifests in ancient philosophy. That means to be skeptical […]

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Finding Love: Two Talks by Sanbo Zen Teacher Ruben Habito

Infinite, conditional, boundless love…   Listen to Ruben Habito answer the question, What is Zen?  He explores how practicing Zen involves finding love everywhere, in all things. The desire to search for unconditional love lies deep in our heart. Four motivations bring people to zen practice… Curiosity Health benefits, stress reduction, practitioners find the the […]

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Dharmatalk: The Loving Fount of All

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“… dwelling in perfect wisdom, we too may begin to discover the eternally selflessly giving love that nourishes all of creation …” “… True giving must mean relinquishing control …” Description: The first line of the Heart Sutra invokes the bodhisattva Kanzeon, her name “Avalokiteshvara,” who represents infinite, boundless love and well-wishing for all beings. His/her name […]


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The Context of Practice, Henry Shukman (Video)

Henry reminds us that Zen training is our own work, effort, commitment and investment of time and energy. Yet the context of practice pulls us outside of ourselves, out of what we know and allows us to uncover our authentic self. Retreats are a critical part of creating this context. Henry also reminds us that […]

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