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The New Bodhisattva Path, Talk by David Loy

David Loy finds hope for new possibilities within our many global challenges….  We may ask, how do we find hope and what can we possibly do? According to a Zen Koan, when the master is asked what are all the awakened people doing? the response is simple:  Responding appropriately.  David adds, our practice isn’t about […]

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Message from Henry: A Simple Friend

Can we befriend the one square yard of our sitting mat? That is the challenge, and the invitation.  The wall before us. The seat beneath us, that we sense in the lower body. Sounds all around, close and far off, and in between. Breath lightly coming and going, thoughts coming and going. Feelings stirring like […]

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Message from Henry: Fully Awake

A fuse has blown, there is only silence. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir, One Blade of Grass, describing an aspect of his path of training. Read Marvelous and Ordinary and The Fertile Void to put this week’s piece in context.  I had been like a best stuck inside a haystack, pushing and thrashing, not knowing if it […]

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Is Zen Buddhist? Dharma Talk by Henry Shukman

In this dharma talk, Henry describes the tragic results of racism and exceptionalism in America and offers hope through Zen practice and how Zen relates to Buddhism. Find this and many other talks on the Mountain Cloud You Tube Channel.  Recorded on June 4, 2020. Featured image: White stones, public domain photos, Pixabay.com

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Message From Henry: Slow Down

Becoming a meditator, opening up to a life in Zen, could be viewed as slowing down the car, parking it, getting out of it, and walking. Going through life at a pace where we can actually experience the sensory detail of every step we take. Imagine you’re walking down an old track up a long […]

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Message from Henry: The Fertile Void

One touch and it sucked away the universe. Another, and all things were born. Today’s message is an excerpt from Henry’s memoir, One Blade of Grass, describing an aspect of his path of training. Read Marvelous and Ordinary to put this week’s piece in context.  There’s an enlightenment poem by Yamada Koun with the line: All my […]

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