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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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Daily Activities

Transmitting to the east the way the ancestors brought from the west, My daily activities illuminated by the moon and shadowed by the clouds, Because I revere the ancient way of the patriarchs, The secular dust of worldly customs does not reach Where I remain secluded in my grass-thatched hut, On a snowy evening deep […]

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Message from Henry: Practice Tip

Let it be there. Feel it. Breathe into it… don’t try to make it go away. If a lot of thoughts are coming up, pay attention to the body. See if there is some restlessness or discomfort in the torso. Are you wishing the sit could be over, was calmer, quieter, better? If so, check […]

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Mindful Living: Open Mind and Heart Space

Mindfulness teaching instructs us to observe our thoughts and feelings without judgment. Why? Mind and body are the accumulation of all we have done and experienced in our lifetime. We have an incredible capacity for the storage of memory. This memory becomes our road map for how we see the world. But the map is […]

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Message from Henry: One Bright Pearl

Zen: the only way to keep it is to give it away. Throughout my training I’d thought I just wanted to find again the “one bright pearl” I’d glimpsed on the beach at nineteen, the Golden Fleece the youth failed to bring home, and the inner torment he felt about that being the very measure […]

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