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Message from Henry: The Real Thing

True awakening comes unbidden. It is at no one’s beck and call. Whatever state we can engineer, cultivate, construct or induce, no matter how clear or deep, is not actual awakening. It may be hugely beneficial, beneficent, and helpful or nourishing, but if it comes through our deliberate efforts in practice, it’s not likely to […]

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Nurturing a Sense of Awe

Awe causes us to turn off the small daily trivial thoughts… The “mindfulness” movement in the United States is exploding. Among the healthy practices promoted by the movement are states of gratitude, loving kindness and appreciation of the now. People are hungry for relief from the mounting stress of everyday life. A sense of awe also […]

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Message from Henry: Kaaaatsu!

Zen is life itself frustrating our urges to make systems. Zen is not a system. It is too wild to be one, like existence itself. It refuses to allow us to understand it through any filtering system. It really bucks the trend for algorithmic approaches to meditation that is growing in popularity these days. It […]

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Message from Henry: ICONS

These archetypal figures loom from the great reality, from the magnum mysterium, to…encourage, spur and fortify us on our way At the Ikon Museum, Frankfurt, on my way south to the Black Forest. I happened upon the museum while walking off a long flight. Actually I thought it was the “Kon Museum” when I first […]

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Message from Henry: Beyond the World’s Dust

…beyond what we know, far, far beyond it. Beyond the world’s dust — this famous old Zen phrase can mean various things. Beyond the city and court where intrigues, jealousies, betrayals were common-place in Tang-era China. Beyond worldly concerns in general. Beyond busy-ness and commotion and trouble. It can also mean beyond all human knowledge […]

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He Who Works

He who works with his hands is a laborer.  He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman.  He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist. ~ St.Francis of Assisi    Photo and design by Rosa Bellino

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Message from Henry: A Glimpse

It’s quite simple: sit with a koan until it blows your mind.  Only then will we be beginning to glimpse a little of what it really is. But a little is often plenty. Sit diligently, durably, stably. Keep coming back to it. Message from Henry is from our October 14 Newsletter Image: Snow Winter (edited) […]

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Message from Henry: Pausing (part 2)

Sometimes people say: I can’t meditate, my mind is too busy. Or: I’ve got so many thoughts in my head, I’m not cut out for meditation. That’s like saying: I can’t go to the gym, I’m not fit enough. They’re describing the very condition or problem that meditation can help us with. Message from Henry […]

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