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Message from Henry: The Real Thing

True awakening comes unbidden. It is at no one’s beck and call. Whatever state we can engineer, cultivate, construct or induce, no matter how clear or deep, is not actual awakening. It may be hugely beneficial, beneficent, and helpful or nourishing, but if it comes through our deliberate efforts in practice, it’s not likely to […]

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Nurturing a Sense of Awe

Awe causes us to turn off the small daily trivial thoughts… The “mindfulness” movement in the United States is exploding. Among the healthy practices promoted by the movement are states of gratitude, loving kindness and appreciation of the now. People are hungry for relief from the mounting stress of everyday life. A sense of awe also […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 89, Book of Equanimity: Tozan’s Place of No Grass: 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 3 of 6)

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“The real journey begins when you sit down.” Description: This is the third talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. Case 89 takes place in a monastery at the end of a three-month summer practice period. Master Tôzan instructs the monks to “go directly to the place of no grass over ten thousand miles.” Where is […]


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Message from Henry: Kaaaatsu!

Zen is life itself frustrating our urges to make systems. Zen is not a system. It is too wild to be one, like existence itself. It refuses to allow us to understand it through any filtering system. It really bucks the trend for algorithmic approaches to meditation that is growing in popularity these days. It […]

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Dharmatalk: Case 1, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s Dog (Mu): 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 2 of 6)

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“…  Present moment awareness is deeply fulfilling.” Description: This is the second talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. The benefits of restriction, i.e., not moving, concentrating on our practice, etc., are discussed. This leads into Case 1 of the Gateless Gate and the koan “Mu.” Using the commentary written by Mumon as a touchstone, this […]


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Message from Henry: ICONS

These archetypal figures loom from the great reality, from the magnum mysterium, to…encourage, spur and fortify us on our way At the Ikon Museum, Frankfurt, on my way south to the Black Forest. I happened upon the museum while walking off a long flight. Actually I thought it was the “Kon Museum” when I first […]

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Dharmatalk: Open Wide The Door: 2018 Rohatsu Sesshin (Part 1 of 6)

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“… for patience joins time to eternity.” ~ Wendell Berry Description: This is the first talk of the 2018 Rohatsu sesshin. The focus is on how to practice and why we practice. It begins with a poem by Wendell Berry, “How to Be a Poet,” which introduces powerful advice for practitioners, particularly during a sesshin. The […]


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Mountain Cloud Seeking a Live-In Caretaker

Mountain Cloud Zen Center, located on 20 pristine acres just outside of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is seeking a live-in caretaker who has a strong interest in living and working in a space dedicated to zen meditation practice, and supporting the lively community that consider Mountain Cloud a focal point in their lives. Candidates should […]

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