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Message from Henry: Kensho

Kensho: opening up the bottom of the barrel will require getting disoriented. We have to let go of our ordinary bearings. There is really no other way. We are moving from a 3-D view of the world to a 4-D or 5-D one, or perhaps a zero-D view. We can’t do that without disorientation. The […]

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Message from Henry: Love and Wellbeing

Everything that you do – you only see if it’s been good and right when you view it from the perspective of love. We have to get to the vantage of love first, before we start evaluating and checking. *** Tolstoy. He’s like us: a lay practitioner convinced that even ordinary life, married or single, […]

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Fierce Compassion, Dharma Talk by Valerie Forstman

Valerie’s dharma talk probes Case 23 from the Blue Cliff Record, Hofuku and Chokei on an Outing. Hofuku says “This very moment is awakening. Exactly,” responds Chokei, “but it’s regrettable.” This talk was recorded on October 8, 2020 in our virtual zendo. Find this and many other talks and discussions on the Mountain Cloud You […]

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Message from Henry: Maps

Early 16th century maps of the Americas confidently show a somewhat circular landmass with a lake in the middle, called Lago Manoa, on the shore of which stands the capital city of the continent, El Dorado. There are even street plans of the Golden City.  These maps reveal what the cartographers didn’t know – vast […]

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Message from Henry: Thought Banners

Thoughts are little banners waving in the old city, trying to get your attention and draw you back. One day you’ll go, but not yet. The city doesn’t really need you now. Let yourself rest where you are, in a deeper rest, a deeper belonging. Don’t be pulled back to the old city just yet. […]

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Message from Henry: Zen Death

To awaken is to see through it all. It is to see that real nature. But then what? The Zen death. If you’ve been through it, you know you have, even if you can’t say much about it. The consequences are clear. It happens at a moment in time. Yet, it is always this moment, […]

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