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Message from Henry: Fully Awake

A fuse has blown, there is only silence. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir, One Blade of Grass, describing an aspect of his path of training. Read Marvelous and Ordinary and The Fertile Void to put this week’s piece in context.  I had been like a best stuck inside a haystack, pushing and thrashing, not knowing if it […]

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Is Zen Buddhist? Dharma Talk by Henry Shukman

In this dharma talk, Henry describes the tragic results of racism and exceptionalism in America and offers hope through Zen practice and how Zen relates to Buddhism. Find this and many other talks on the Mountain Cloud You Tube Channel.  Recorded on June 4, 2020. Featured image: White stones, public domain photos, Pixabay.com

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Message From Henry: Slow Down

Becoming a meditator, opening up to a life in Zen, could be viewed as slowing down the car, parking it, getting out of it, and walking. Going through life at a pace where we can actually experience the sensory detail of every step we take. Imagine you’re walking down an old track up a long […]

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Message from Henry: The Fertile Void

One touch and it sucked away the universe. Another, and all things were born. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir, One Blade of Grass, describing an aspect of his path of training. Read Marvelous and Ordinary to put this week’s piece in context.  There’s an enlightenment poem by Yamada Koun with the line: All my […]

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Ryokan: Temporary Dwelling

  Where you have beauty you have ugliness, too. Where you have right you will also have wrong. Knowledge and ignorance are each other’s cause. Delusion and enlightenment produce one another. It’s always been so, It didn’t start now. You get rid of this, then grab hold of that. Don’t you see how stupid it […]

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Message from Henry: Marvelous and Ordinary

Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect of his path of training. Read Wondrous Being to put this week’s piece in context.  The drama was over. The whole thing called “my life” had been just that: a drama, a story. A dream. I had woken from it. It had ended. Yakusan, […]

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Message from Henry: Wondrous Being

This is not mind, this is not Buddha, this is not a thing. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir One Blade of Grass describing as aspect fo his path of training. Read Inside Out to put this week’s piece in context.  This kind of state, according to the old way of thinking, would obviously wear off after […]

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