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Stephen Batchelor: Sunday June 25, 4:30pm

Join us for Stephen Batchelor’s visit to Mountain Cloud. Come early to get a seat and hear this inspiring dharma teacher. 4:30pm Sunday June 25 Cost is free Dana appreciated Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving […]

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The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works with Shinzen Young

Join us for an illuminating day of meditation, lecture and discussion about the Science of Enlightenment with American mindfulness teacher and neuroscience research consultant Shinzen Young. July 8, 10am-4pm $65 for the day, lunch provided Register early to ensure a spot! Scholarships available, contact our registrar Johanna for details. Shinzen’s systematic approach to categorizing, adapting and teaching […]

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Teisho: Sesshin Day 2, Case 28 of The Gateless Gate

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“We know we are really practicing because we are OK even when it’s difficult…” “… who was ripe, was freed of the vine. Body and mind gone …” Description: This teisho is the second of the Spring 2017 sesshin. Henry encourages everyone to stay with their practice, as the sesshin continues and we learn to mind less. […]

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What is a Koan?

The koan is a little nugget of something an awakened master did during his time. ~ Henry Shukman Henry Shukman, answers the question: What is a koan? The text is taken from a 2-minute video clip from an upcoming full length feature film on a conversation between Henry Shukman and Chris Hebard about Zen and more. The word koan actually means […]

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Teisho: Sesshin Day 1, Koan Mu (Jôshû’s Dog)

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“This is a practice of allowing and loving.” Description: This teisho is the first of the Spring 2017 sesshin. Traditionally, the first talk, during sesshin, is about the first koan, Mu, or “Jôshû’s Dog.” Henry begins by discussing prostrations and poses the questions, what does the term “buddha” mean?, which leads into why do we do […]

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Message from Henry: Seize the Jewel

We’re not here for us. We’re here to dispel illusion – our own primarily, and then we see where we go from there. Sometimes we think we like practice, we know what it is and believe it’s good for us. We have no idea. The dragon sleeps with the mani-jewel in its jaws. The wish-fulfilling […]

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Teisho: Tokusan and Consciousness

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We are born into this life, and we can decide that we know certain things about it. We can become convinced that we know enough… and therefore stop noticing that we have absolutely no idea what this is. Consciousness is Zen’s realm.     ~ Henry Shukman Description: What is this experience called life? What is […]

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