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Message from Henry: Just Zen

… there is no mind to put on walking. There is only walking.  But how could nonbeing be blissful? You don’t know, but it is. This is what the famous “just” of Zen means. Zen often says: Just sit. Just walk. Just eat. But “just walking” doesn’t mean: keep your mind only on walking and […]

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Welcoming

… in welcoming, you are completely open, open to perception. In welcoming, you are waiting, completely directionless. …Your real nature is welcoming. from Living Truth – Jean Klein Photo by Rosa Bellino

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Sharing One Breath

    Kono iki ya                                       Ah this breath Mae wa dare no ka                        Whose breath was it before? Hitotsu no ki                                    One Spirit.   […]

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Message from Henry: Promises of Practice

The promise of Zen koan practice is that it is actually possible for each of us to have some taste of the boundless nature of every moment — of this moment now. It’s not guaranteed — but at least we know that we don’t have to be strange, unusual, still less “special” or weird people […]

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Message from Henry: The Training

…the training knows better than we do. Occasionally I experience a little worry about what I as a deluded former poet and writer with a long struggle in his meditation practice could possibly have to offer as a guide in practice. But then I remember there is a kind of answer: the training I have […]

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Message from Henry: Now What?

There used to be a voice in me that would say: So what now? But now what? It used to speak up regularly when I emerged from a retreat where I’d gone deep in practice. Or I’d be blown away by some kind of experience of unity or boundlessness, and sooner or later this voice […]

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Message from Henry: Wal-Gazing

…we simply meet it, allow it, receive it, as a thing, a phenomenon, an apparition. At certain times in its long history the Zen form of Buddhism has been known as the “wall-gazing school”. Bodhidharma, said to have brought “Dhyana” or “Zen” Buddhism from India to China in the sixth century, was sometimes known as […]

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