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The Ultimate

All objects point to the Ultimate,  and a real work of art actively brings whoever  sees or hears it  to his real nature, which is beauty.  The difference between an ordinary object and a work of art is    that the object is passive in its pointing towards the Ultimate  whereas the work of art is active. […]

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Message from Henry: Kindness

Wisdom asks: how can we live better? Zen is ethical. Like all schools of Buddhism. The karmic problem it addresses is that while humans can be extraordinarily kind and altruistic, we can also be spectacularly selfish and cruel. It’s a wisdom tradition. Wisdom asks: how can we live better? What would it mean to live […]

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What Shall We Do? by David Loy

…humanity’s greatest challenge ever is also Buddhism’s greatest challenge ever. An excerpt from Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis, by David Loy Buddhist teachings do not tell us what to do in response to the ecological crisis, but they have a lot to say about how to do it. Gautama Buddha lived about 2,400 […]

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Message from Henry: Getting what we want?

In training, in sitting long hours over decades, do we learn more from getting what we want? For example, from experiencing lovely states of calm and clarity, or perhaps even being graced with a  heart-stopping glimpse of the infinite, boundless, loving power of shunyata? Or, do we actually learn more from not getting what we […]

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Lost in Dream

I never saw the heart beating in my chest the Love that was the melody to my life The life that I overlooked searching too far searching in the future for the Present I alway miss Here before me Me! This Being that beats in my heart this song that moves my fingers writing a song […]

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Message from Henry: “My Practice”

…the practice was never “ours,” and it’s there … that its true saving grace lies. It’s natural and appropriate that when we start to practice, most of us will think of it as “my practice.” It’s something I’m doing, and it’s for me. Many of us will tend to approach it as something we do […]

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Reflection

When the Light Reflects on Itself – The world is created – A Wonderful reflection Of Itself into form – A form-less marriage Of Light and shadows. The Light Never changes True to Itself – Its projections Ever changing, flickering On the still canvass That embraces everything That Lights everything Lost in the dream You  walk […]

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