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November 25 & 26: Weekend Workshop with Kaz Tanahasi and Henry Shukman Exploring Zen Master Dogen

The Miracle of Each Moment: Inspiration from the teachings of Zen Master Dogen With Kazuaki Tanahashi and Henry Shukman At Mountain Cloud Zen Center November 25-26 (Saturday and Sunday) 10 AM – 4 PM each day (Lunch provided) Cost: $130   Join us for meditation, dharma talks, discussion and demonstrations of calligraphy, all inspired by Master […]

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Teisho: Cases 1, 7, & 23 of The Book of Equanimity

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“… if we can taste the power of the Buddha just sitting …” Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. The talk begins with an acknowledgment of the difficulties that can arise during sesshin, as expressed in the Buddha’s five hindrances. These are: desire; aversion; restlessness; sloth, torpor, or lethargy; doubt. The […]

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Message from Henry: The Gift

It’s like one has been given a gift. If you just remember to consult it, it will always give you a right course, in any situation. But you have to consult it. Which means you have to practice. There is a breaking through or falling away that happens, after which this nameless and formless gift […]

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Teisho: Shukman: Case 1, The Gateless Gate: Joshu’s Dog (Mu)

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“… Everything has its source in zazen …” “… The more clearly we see what is going on, the more clearly we discover there is only what is going on …” Description: This teisho is the first talk from the Summer 2017 sesshin. Before looking at the koan Mu, this talk begins, as context, with Bodhidharma’s two “entries”—principle […]

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Message From Henry: Breath Break

…the Way is intrinsically fulfilled; the principle of Zen is complete freedom. ~ Dogen Upright, balanced – yet completely at ease. This is intrinsic fulfillment. Rested, relaxed – yet alert with an awareness that penetrates everywhere and embraces all things. This is unbounded freedom. ****** In praise of the Smoking Ban… The “fag break,” so […]

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October 20-22: Weekend Introductory Retreat – Registration Closed

  Registration is now closed. Next Introductory Retreat will be in February 2018. This short weekend retreat begins on Friday evening October 20 and ends Sunday mid-day October 22. Designed to support those new to meditation, it is ideal for those who have never done a multi-day retreat. Experienced practitioners are also welcome to participate in […]

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Whole-Hearted Attention

…without attention we live only on the surface of existence. The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention…. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars […]

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Teisho: Ben Connelly: Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara

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Description: In this talk,Ben Connelly, a Soto Zen teacher from the Minnesota Zen Meditation Center and Dharma heir in the Katagiri lineage, discusses his book, Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara. Vasubandhu was a fifth century Indian monk who was a prolific author and teacher. He was a profoundly influential but poorly understood figure in Mahayana Buddhism and a key figure in […]

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