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In the Shadows of Transference, by David Loy

Fundamentally, the Buddhist path is not about good versus evil and salvation from sin, but ignorance versus awakening and developing the wisdom that sees through delusions that lead to dukkha. Sogyal Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham . . . alas, yet another wave of scandals around issues of sexual abuse by Buddhist teachers. In this case, […]

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Message from Henry: A Single Path

Sometimes people feel they need to go to many different teachers. Master Sheng Yen says it’s as if they think they’ll get something from each teacher, say one dollar from each one, so if they go to ten they’ll have ten dollars. He goes on to say that a more helpful analogy is that of […]

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Message from Henry: A Message to Visitors

You have arrived. Dear Visitor – welcome to Mountain Cloud. This is a place of peace. People come here to find a deeper peace in their life, a love, a purpose, meaning, freedom, helpfulness – a sense that there is more to this life than we commonly know. In the path of practice followed here, […]

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Message from Henry: Just This

No before or after. No over there, no over here. Just this. Time and space – vanished, gone. Only this. You could say: only peace, but that already spoils it. It has flavors: Silent. Still. Quiet. Infinitely soft. Utterly solid. Infinitely powerful, energetic, dynamic. Infinitely flowing, a churning waterfall of beauty and softness. Infinitely supportive, […]

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Message from Henry: Seismic Dharma

I had a dream recently in which Mountain Cloud was a great truck on which many of us were traveling – almost like a ship – riding through seismically active mountains. Volcanoes and fumaroles would steam and rupture and shake the earth – and on we went, riding through it all. In the words of […]

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Message from Henry: Zen Whisperer

…we are allowing an inner wellbeing, fulfillment, peace … to start to show itself. The old religious idea of making one’s heart and mind a fit dwelling place for God – it’s a lovely analogy for practice. In practice we are learning to cultivate a healthy and “clean” inner space.  We might think of it […]

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Message from Henry: Clean and Sober

“…the path of practice is a dis-intoxication, a dis-enchantment from false views.” One of the German words for “clean” is sauber, which is related to the English word “sober”. Buddhism has embedded metaphors of purification and “cleaning up.” Purifying primarily refers to scrubbing away the defilements or impurities of afflictions and delusions that cause negative […]

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