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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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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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Message from Henry: Sixth Paramita

Not knowing is most intimate. So what about the last paramita, the sixth, prajna, generally translated as “wisdom”? Pra-jna: before knowing; beyond knowing. Wisdom that can start to show itself once knowing ends, or before knowing has begun. Knowing is not the Way, as Nansen said. Manjusri wields the sword of wisdom, the one thing […]

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Message from Henry: The Paramitas

Whatever our life truly may be, whatever the world and universe are, they are surely gifts, abundantly and freely given. After a break of a few weeks,  Henry continues his series on the Paramitas. Circling back belatedly to the first “perfection,” dana, or generosity. Interesting that generosity is the first paramita. The implication of its […]

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Sanbo Zen & Unconditional Well Being, Video Clip

It’s not so much that are our existence is separate, it just IS other beings. Henry Shukman briefly previews Sanbo Zen … and shares his thoughts on where/how “unconditional well being is to be found.” He is interviewed by Mountain Cloud board member Chris Hebard “Zen derived from a Chinese word Chan, which derives from […]

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