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Message from Henry: The Gift

It’s like one has been given a gift. If you just remember to consult it, it will always give you a right course, in any situation. But you have to consult it. Which means you have to practice. There is a breaking through or falling away that happens, after which this nameless and formless gift […]

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Message From Henry: Breath Break

…the Way is intrinsically fulfilled; the principle of Zen is complete freedom. ~ Dogen Upright, balanced – yet completely at ease. This is intrinsic fulfillment. Rested, relaxed – yet alert with an awareness that penetrates everywhere and embraces all things. This is unbounded freedom. ****** In praise of the Smoking Ban… The “fag break,” so […]

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Whole-Hearted Attention

…without attention we live only on the surface of existence. The secret of beginning a life of deep awareness and sensitivity lies in our willingness to pay attention…. Our growth as conscious, awake human beings is marked not so much by grand gestures and visible renunciations as by extending loving attention to the minutest particulars […]

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Message from Henry: Shadows

The brighter the light the deeper the shadow. It’s easy enough to see the mote in another’s eye. Our Lord is infinitely merciful – and we’ll torture you until you do feel his mercy… We venerate the bond between mother and child (witness our icons), but have a child out of wedlock and we’ll take […]

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Zen: Soto, Rinzai and Sanbo Zen Part 2 of 2

If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? —  Dogen Zenji Read Part 1 of this short series for insight into Soto and Rinzai Zen. How has the Sanbo-kyodan (now called Sanbo Zen) influence became the seed for much of what is now experienced as Zen in […]

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Message from Henry: Simple

Whenever craving arises, it’s an opportunity. Whenever aversion arises, it’s a chance – to accept, allow, surrender, release. To taste liberation, the reality of this moment, and to step through the gateless gate. Practice is better simple. It responds better (so to speak) to simplicity than to sophistication. Great practitioners may be able to respond […]

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Zen: Soto, Rinzai and Sanbo Zen, Part 1 of 2

“… the very impermanency of grass and tree, thicket and forest is the Buddha nature …” ~ Dogen Dogen is credited with founding Soto (one of three important Zen “schools”) in Japan. But what is Soto? And how does it differ from Rinzai?  These differences are important. Many of the “lost generation” of Westerners who came from […]

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Message from Henry: Trapping the Moon

The self is like a seed that has been planted in this world, whose task is to give itself up, to break, disintegrate, and allow itself to dissolve into the greater life of all things, which it does not know. That’s what life is for. But so little are we taught this these days that […]

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Dogen Zenji, Part 2 of 2

“… circle of practice-enlightenment is renewed moment after moment …” ~ Dogen Zenji In the previous part we covered some of Dogen’s journey of realization (& Zen in Japan) and closed that with one of Kaz Tanahashi’s summary comments on Dogen’s answer regarding practice … Continuing Kaz’s summary on Dogen: “Dogen accepts this image of a linear process of seeking. But he […]

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Message from Henry: Zen…

The sixth paramita, prajna, the “final” point of training, of a life of practice: naturally, whatever it connotes, it couldn’t be less final… It’s the start of everything. Zen is not about Zen. It doesn’t ask us to be interested in Zen. It doesn’t say: hey, we are all about our beliefs, and these are […]

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