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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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Mindful Living: Our Mind Can Be Our Friend

Our quality of life has a lot to do with how we use our brain. As we refer to our measurable intellectual capacity as our IQ, so we have a corresponding emotional intelligence which we refer to as our EQ. Self-awareness gives us insight into how our emotions affect our thinking, our reasoning, and our […]

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Message from Henry: Down the Drain

…ordinary beings have no illumination in their consciousness, but Buddhas have no consciousness in their illumination. ~ Dogen Zen training is like a bathtub where the plug has been pulled. At first nothing seems to be happening, but the water is surely going down. We’re a plastic boat floating round, bobbing along, past the rubber […]

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Message from Henry: No Thing

True freedom is nothing at all. Emptiness, sunyata, isn’t a thing: it’s empty! One difference between Hindu-based, Vedantic Nonduality and Buddhism, is that sometimes in the Advaita Vedanta traditions, they tend to suggest that nonduality is a thing. That is to say: there is a thing to be found, and it’s The Nondual. Sometimes modern […]

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Mindful Living: Gratitude

Gratitude is a valuable process in a mindful lifestyle. Being grateful helps us break the chain of negative thinking that often plagues us and helps us cultivate loving compassion. If we make it a habit, it helps us understand that we control our thoughts––they do not control us. A gratitude chain is particularly illustrative. “If […]

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