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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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Spring Sesshin: March 21-26, 2017

Our 5-day Spring sesshin is from March 21-26. This spring equinox event is an incomparable opportunity to deepen our practice, and to sink into the boundless reality of the Dharma, finding the ease and joy in being human that Dogen speaks of as the characteristics of true meditation practice. We will follow our usual timetable, […]

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The Suffering of Self, Part 1 of 4, by David Loy

Buddhism isn’t about helping us become well-adjusted. A socially well-adjusted ego-self is still a sick ego-self, for there remains something problematical about it. It is still infected by dukkha. If someone asked you to summarize the teachings of the Buddha, what would you say? For most Buddhists, probably the first thing that would come to mind […]

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Teisho: Continuation Case 50, Book of Equanimity, Seppo’s What Is This?

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“If we could all just reside in our real self, we would be infinite.” “They are so imponderable, that you cannot ponder them. So what do you do? You sit, and you swallow the koan, and you wait. All things come to those who wait“ ~ Henry Shukman Description: Henry delivers this talk on Rohatsu, […]

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Message from Henry: The Six Virtues

They may be understood more as six overlapping, unfolding, but loose, endlessly repeatable stages. The “paramitas” are often translated as “perfections” but that may sound a little unattainable. They are… dana – generosity: giving freely. sila – ethical restraint, guided by the precepts: in sum, refraining from harm kshanti – patience: with the vicissitudes of […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 50, Book of Equanimity, Seppo’s What Is This? (Part 5 of 5)

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“It’s a series of graces falling like blows on the crown of the head.” “… the inevitability of failure in Zen practice—error and mistake are the mulch which allows our humanity to grow …” ~ Henry Shukman Description: This final teisho of the Rohatsu sesshin follows an early morning ceremony that commemorates  Shakymuni’s awakening.  Henry notes […]

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Message from Henry: Doubt and Humility

…humility is the cure not just for doubt as a hindrance, but for many of our ills. Pure Land Buddhists say the hindrance of doubt is self-generated. Doubt involves some measure of unwillingness to give the Way the benefit of the doubt – a reluctance to let go of what we think we know. It […]

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Teisho: Rohatsu: Case 49, Book of Equanimity, Tôzan and the Memorial Service (Part 4 of 5)

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“Avoid seeking elsewhere, for that is far from yourself. Now I travel alone, everywhere I meet it. Now it is me, now I am not it. It must be thus understood to merge with thusness.” ~ Tozan “… There is no other other essential reality, there is “just this,” beyond any description …” ~ Henry Shukman […]

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