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Message from Henry: Car Model

Realization is taking away the deepest assumptions in our programming Trying out a car as an analogy: do we try to get the car running better by driving down different streets, into other territories? Or do we get it better by parking it, opening up the hood and sorting out the valves and plugs, reboring […]

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The Power of the Fact, by Yamada Ryoun Roshi

Above and below the heavens there is only myself, alone and sublime. ~ Shakyamuni Buddha Two thousand four hundred and forty-five years ago Gautama Siddhartha discovered the true fact concerning his own existence and became Shakyamuni Buddha (the Awakened One, the wise man of the Shaka clan). (Note: here I am following the accepted time […]

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Message from Henry: Genuine Kensho

Kensho is a revelation, meaning that it reveals a whole other order of things. We may feel: OMG, how wrong I’ve been all my life! Most of us will not have had a thoroughly transformative experience at the start of our koan study. It may feel that way at the time, but it is rare […]

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Zen and the Quantum Computer, by Yamada Ryoun Roshi

In December of 2015 an historical news conference was held in America’s Silicon Valley, sponsored by NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Google, and D-Wave Systems Company of Canada. For over two years this consortium had been using the Quantum Computer of D-Wave and carrying out performance tests. They announced their results at the news […]

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Message from Henry: A Gentle Practice

It’s a gentle practice – sitting together in the quiet, in the semi-dark. Yet by stripping us of our illusions about ourselves, it invests us with power – with a quiet, great power that is not our own. The things we seek in spiritual practice are not sense-objects. They are not things we can perceive […]

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Infinite, Eternal

The Tao is infinite, eternal. Why is it eternal? It was never born; thus it can never die. Why is it infinite? It has no desires for itself; thus it is present for all beings.   The Master stays behind; that is why she is ahead. She is detached from all things; that is why […]

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Message from Henry: Collapse

Suddenly the view, the frame, the box within which all was understood, shatters and collapses. Zuigan asks his master Ganto a question. Ganto responds: “If you ask, you’re lost. If you don’t ask, you’re lost.” Master Sekito once told his student Yakusan: “Words can’t touch it. No-words can’t touch it.” Therein the Zen impasse. Not […]

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The Tao is like a Well

The Tao is like a well: used but never used up. It is like the eternal void: filled with infinite possibilities.   It is hidden but always present. I don’t know who gave birth to it. It is older than God.   Text: Mitchell, Stephen. Tao Te Ching: A New English Version (Perennial Classics), HarperCollins. […]

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The Dharma of Deconstruction, by David Loy, Part 2 of 2

For Nagarjuna, shunyata is simply a shorthand way to express the interdependence of all things. Nothing has any “self-existence” or “self-presence” because everything–including all concepts–is dependent upon everything else. Click to read Part 1.   Western philosophy’s turn toward examining the role of language in shaping experience, can one find in it, as in Buddhism, […]

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