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Fully Human

To be fully human – that’s the project. To do that, the key is dropping the self, being liberated from a constricted notion of self, forgetting self, seeing through self and its two attendants, greed and aversion. ~ Henry Shukman   Image: Ocean woman by Nerivill, CC0 Public Domain from Pixabay.com

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Message from Henry: True Zero

Who knows true zero? English trees in wind: leaves shaking and shimmering. The woods are like tinsel. So many shades of green. So many layers. A beech stirring in the wind, ashes giving a hoarse roar, an end-of-season rosebush waving weakly, a willow with its wands dangling and dawdling, as if trying to point to […]

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Message from Henry: Cup of Tea

There is a hump we can get over, a corner we can turn, and it’s getting less mysterious by the week, as contemplative neuroscientific research keeps after it. *** The practice is multi-valent. It can meet any number of different angles and perspectives from which we might plug into it, and any number of different […]

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The Nonduality of Good and Evil, David Loy

If only there were evil people somewhere, insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being. And who is willing to destroy a piece of his own heart? —Alexander […]

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Message from Henry: Delusion

…all things without exception are in fact impermanent, and incapable of providing lasting peace… Are we hardwired for joy, wonder, appreciation, gratitude, and caring, compassion, love? Basically, yes. But we are also misled and deluded by the three poisons, desire, aversion and delusion. We have to be freed of them in order to taste intrinsic […]

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Message from Henry: Ordinary Marvel

A superior vessel takes longer to make (old Japanese proverb) It’s good to have devotion to your teacher, but not to the point of quitting if for some reason you lose them. The Zen way requires a teacher but is not about the teacher. Our commitment is to the Way. The teacher is only another expedient […]

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Are Human’s Special? Part 3 by David Loy

Let one’s thoughts of boundless love pervade the whole world — above, below, and across — without any obstruction, without any hatred, without any enmity.  ~ Metta Sutra We are featuring some of David Loy’s recent writing on our website to introduce you to this thoughtful and brilliant Zen teacher, writer and environmental activist. David will […]

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Message from Henry: Healing

The real healing is the dropping away of the unreal self… Recently while teaching in San Diego, during a question-and-answer session, someone asked about the healing aspects of practice. I said something like: first there’s the wound of separation, that we feel separate from all else. That “heals,” in a sense. But it happens through […]

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Are Human’s Special? Part 2 by David Loy

…we are creatures that know we are creatures; moreover, we are creatures that create, and know that we create. We are featuring some of David Loy’s recent writing on our website to introduce you to this thoughtful and brilliant Zen teacher, writer and environmental activist. David will be offering an Eco-Dharma Workshop at Mountain Cloud, May […]

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