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All weekly messages from Henry Shukman

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Message from Henry: Inspiration

Sometimes we get inspired by slogans, maxims, ideas. They may come from all kinds of sources, Buddhism or Sufism or cough sweet wrappers. In our practice, helpful ideas can lead to “concept-led samadhi,” which can surely be a positive spur both in life and practice. Overall, though, Zen would seem to prefer the inspiration not […]

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Message from Henry: Thoughts

If the mind can get it, it’s not the “unborn.” So what is it? “Empty your thoughts,” says Daio Kokushi. This could be taken two ways: Have quiet meditation periods, fairly empty of thought. Let your mind be quiet. Allow your thinking to go quiet. Or:Let go of deep assumptions, opinions, views, conditioning that we […]

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Message from Henry: A Basic Problem

Suffering is not the same as pain, grief, tenderness, dislike, vulnerablity and so on. Mental well-being doesn’t mean that we don’t experience these feelings. Scientist David Krakauer, a systems theorist, and director of the Santa Fe Institute, regards intelligence as the ability find simple solutions to complex problems. He sees genius, on the other hand, […]

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Message from Henry: Inner Beauty Industry

…the Dharma is untouchable, undistortable, unsulliable. Perhaps meditation will only really take off when there’s an “inner beauty industry” to match the regular outward one. It may be coming. I recently heard about a “meditation feedback monitor” that scientists and engineers have invented, whose screen shows you how you’re doing in your meditation, how quiet […]

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Message from Henry: Rice Cake

A monk asked Unmon: What is meant by the pronouncement “to go beyond the Buddha and ancestors”? Unmon answered: Country rice cake (kobyo).  –Hekiganroku, Case 77 Finding peace – after all, what could be better? To taste a peace beyond conditions, that pertains to all existence, eternal, infinite, filling the universe, and to discover that […]

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Message from Henry: Saying Yes

The peace we experience ever more clearly in this process of transformation is the peace of resting in our fundamental nature…It is there in our vulnerability to the suffering of others and in our “yes” to the work of transforming society.   This week we are blessed to have a message from Joan Rieck Roshi, […]

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