Is there passing through? What net? Valerie explores Book of Equanimity, Case 33, ‘Sansho’s Golden Scales,’ looking into awakening as coming home to this moment just as it is, empty, inexhaustible, and utterly one. Photo by Mads Schmidt Rasmussen on Unsplash
Henry continues looking at the famous koan collection, the Gateless Gate. He explores and defines “Gateless” which includes how to be a useful participate in the this troubled world while also living from no-self. Henry then turns to Case 7 and master Joshu who practiced Zen for 100 years. When we sit, Henry asks us […]
A zendo is a space that makes things beautiful. For example, this morning – a set of small lozenges of sunlight pattern themselves across the wall and floor, where the early low sun is slanting in between the eaves and the projecting beams outside. And … very slowly they slide down the wall and toward […]
Did you have a particular pair of jeans or cords as a kid that you loved? That you hated to be parted from? Or a shirt, a jacket, a T shirt? Did you ever get that feeling that somehow this article of clothing was part of you, and helped you be you? Or maybe you […]
Valerie continues the theme of suffering and beauty from our recent July virtual retreat, taking up the awakening story of Patacara, a renowned woman disciple of the Buddha, teacher, and foundational figure in early Buddhism. This talk was delivered in our virtual zendo on August 19, 2021. Featured Photo by Ketan Wagh on Unsplash
Henry Shukman talks with host Michael Taft about Mountain Cloud Zen Center, Henry’s series on the Waking Up app, meditation for awakening vs. meditation as a “band aid,” the role of psychotherapy in spiritual practice, the power of working in the “old way,” the path of working with Zen koans as the journey of a […]
…a taste of our mindfulness developing and expanding. Mindfulness… it can be like creating a warm loving home inside yourself. Whenever an uncomfortable feeling comes up, an edge of fear, hurt, irritation, anxiety, stress, restlessness, annoyance, hurry, or overwhelm, or despondency — when they arise in the heart, the warm home is quickly activated, the […]
In this talk, Valerie takes up Gateless Gate, case 5, “Kyogen’s Person Up a Tree,” continuing to explore the theme of suffering, beauty, and the great opening this practice invites. From the Suffering and Beauty: How the Heart Opens Retreat.
Steve James (the Guru Viking) is joined by Henry Shukman for a second interview. Click here for the first interview. In this interview Henry reveals what he calls Zen’s true miracle, and shares his own personal journey of healing childhood trauma in the context of spiritual awakening and integration of enlightenment. Henry also explores the two […]
This talk continues the exploration of the koan of “Buddha and the Flower.” It examines how koan practice can help us in our lives, and what “dharma transmission” might really mean. From the Suffering and Beauty: How the Heart Opens Retreat.