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Message from Henry: Wal-Gazing

…we simply meet it, allow it, receive it, as a thing, a phenomenon, an apparition. At certain times in its long history the Zen form of Buddhism has been known as the “wall-gazing school”. Bodhidharma, said to have brought “Dhyana” or “Zen” Buddhism from India to China in the sixth century, was sometimes known as […]

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Message from Henry: The Space in the Middle

Suddenly it’s clear: there’s no one there. Just empty space. … you become superconscious of your breathing, but it’s no longer yours. It’s like watching an animal breathe, as if through a lens. You ask, Who is it breathing? There is the rustle of inhalation followed by exhalation. Whose breath is it? You switch your attention […]

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Message from Henry: Hammer Blows

An excerpt from part way through Henry’s path of training as recounted in One Blade of Grass… …In spite of all the practice I’d done, the study under them (teachers)… the faith I’d given Zen, throwing in my lot with it, I couldn’t deny I still had mood swings. I still got “caught,” as the […]

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Mindfulness: You are Not Alone

In a recent article titled You Are Not Alone, Jack Kornfield reminds us that we are intricately connected to all things through the air we breathe, the food we eat and the experiences we share. Many mystics, physicists, philosophers and even mathematicians have reached similar conclusions. We are infinitely more than our mind or our […]

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Message from Henry: Nothing to Heal

There is nothing to heal. The great promise of Zen is that who we really are has been intact, whole and complete since before the beginning of time. And far from being some lofty unreachable claim, this is a palpable, immediate, intimate reality that is actually available in every moment.  This may fly in the […]

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