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Zen for Troubled Times

Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself. Your body and mind will become clear, and you will realize the unity of all things. Dogen 1200-1253 Henry Shukman briefly talks about Zen history and how it can be used to deal with crisis – individual and societal. His […]

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Weekend Introductory Sesshin: May 5-7

Consider attending our weekend Introductory sesshin May 5-7.  This short sesshin begins on Friday evening and ends Sunday morning. It is designed to support those new to Zen retreats. Participants will do periods of zazen (sitting meditation) combined with kinhin (walking meditation). We will also provide meditation instruction and sesshin support. Our teacher Henry will […]

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Work Retreat: June 4-10, 2017

Experience the tangible results of working with your hands. Put yourself into our land. Enjoy a community of action. Join us for a work retreat at Mountain Cloud from June 4 – 10. Come for the entire week, or for one or more days, or for a morning or an afternoon. Cost is Free and meals are […]

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Ben Connelly: Inside Vasubandhu Yogacara

Join us for an evening with Zen Priest, Ben Connelly author of Inside Vasubandhu’s Yogacara and Inside the Grass Hut (Wisdom Publications). Wednesday May 17, 6pm Mountain Cloud Zen Center Ben will be speaking about Vasubandhu, a profoundly influential but poorly understood figure in Mahayana Buddhism and a key member of Zen lineages. Mr Connelly’s new […]

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Teisho: 3rd Revisitation of Case 53, Book of Equanimity: Obaku’s Drinkers

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Case 52: Ôbaku instructed the assembly and said, “You are all drinkers of lees [dregs]. If you continue to go on your Way like this, when will you have your ‘today’? Do you know that in this great empire of Tang there is no Zen master?” Now a monk came forward and said, “What would you […]

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Teisho: Case 54, Book of Equanimity: Ungan’s Great Mercy

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Case 54: Ungan asked Dôgo, “What does the Bodhisattva of the Great Mercy use so many hands and eyes for?” Dôgo answered, “It is like a person in the middle of the night reaching with his hand behind his head groping for his pillow.” Ungan said, “I understood.” Dôgo said, “How did you understand it?” […]

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Photos from our April Work Retreat

Sangha members, from near and far, joined us from April 1-8 to take down cabin one and begin the first phase of our expansion project.   Thanks to Chris, Bill, Tor, Hobbs, Nancy, Ed, Henry and Maura for their dedicated work —  and thanks to anyone else inadvertently omitted. Also many thanks to Sarah for providing meals for […]

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