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Message from Henry: Clean and Sober

“…the path of practice is a dis-intoxication, a dis-enchantment from false views.” One of the German words for “clean” is sauber, which is related to the English word “sober”. Buddhism has embedded metaphors of purification and “cleaning up.” Purifying primarily refers to scrubbing away the defilements or impurities of afflictions and delusions that cause negative […]

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Message from Henry: Oiling the Wheel

Lubricants of compassion, humility and gratitude… Some wonderful lubricants that can help with our dukkha, our suffering, our resistance – that help to oil the wheel misaligned on its axle – are humility, gratitude and compassion. If we awaken any one of them in the heart, our practice will come to life in new ways. […]

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How Buddhist is Modern Buddhism? Book Review and Analysis by David Loy

Ultimately, the fundamental issue is not Buddhist interaction with scientific reductionism or Romanticism but how the Buddhism that is emerging might best address the individual and collective dukkha [suffering] of our time. Buddhism was the first major missionary religion, and by all accounts it seems to have spread peacefully. The merchants and monks who transported […]

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Message from Henry: Offering

Giving up. Giving to. Giving in. Last week I wrote that Mu is not a task. Why not? If we bring the question back to practice in general — practice can seem like a task. We do it, we have a method, we take time to do it. But from another perspective, the basic aspect […]

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Uji – Being-Time, Dogen

An old Buddha said: For the time being, I stand astride the highest mountain peaks. For the time being, I move on the deepest depths of the ocean floor. For the time being, I’m three heads and eight arms. For the time being, I’m eight feet or sixteen feet. For the time being, I’m a […]

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Message from Henry: Re-parenting

Mu. It’s not a task. Once you really get this second kind of parenting that dharma training can offer, and go through a new kind of childhood, whatever wounds there may be from inadequacies in the first, physical parenting get both healed and greatly reduced in importance.   Message from Henry is from our June […]

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Message from Henry: Go Slow

Go slow… If that feels difficult, try to find the sense of rush in the body. Where is it? Allow it to show itself to you. Give it some space and attention, allow it to be as it is. Tend it, love it, embrace it. Once again, go slow. Sloooooww…… Time – in practice, we […]

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Message from Henry: Lessons

  Just because we had a good time on one retreat doesn’t mean we will in the next. On the other hand, having a hard time during a retreat may in fact have taught us things that will stand us in better stead next time around. Funny how it goes. Message from Henry is from […]

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Message from Henry: Basic Reality

The Dalai Lama says: the basic reality of all human beings is shared. It’s our oneness. And our differences are secondary. Likewise, he says our basic nature is compassion. And anger and violence are secondary.   From our June 10, 2019 Newsletter Image: Dandelion by Dewdrop157, Pixabay License  

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Message from Henry: Concentration

…we see truly… Of all the seven “factors of awakening” the most important is concentration. All the contemplative traditions concur on this. If you can just get clearly and strongly focused and gathered around one point, in single-pointed awareness, you can see through. And once that happens, you can break through, and the whole structure […]

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