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Message from Henry: Creative Principle

Infinite creative energy has infinite parts at its disposal. It creates things with them, they endure then come apart like sandcastles. An order – a thing – is created, then allowed to disperse again. So marvelous, so free. We too are among the many things it makes, as are all the trillion parts of us. […]

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Message from Henry: Purpose in Practice

…where we taste and sense – beneath the troubles of life – a great well-being… One fairly recent message about the purpose or utility of practice may have come across as baffling. Obviously, few people are going to take up a practice without a reason. And yet, here is a dialogue from the Zen records: […]

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Message from Henry: 4 x 4 All-Terrain Practice

The dharma we are encountering… precisely is the contents of our life, warts and all… Occasionally we hit difficult times in our practice and may be tempted to think the practice surely can’t apply to or “fit in” with these rough times. I remember one phase early in my own training when I was caught […]

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Unfiltered Perception

Once perception occurs unfiltered,  stripped of the habitual veil of automatic preconception,  it is inherently fulfilling. ~ Henry Shukman **** Photo and creation by Rosa Bellino. Text from The Unfamiliar Familiar, originally published in Tricycle Magazine, Fall 2014

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Message from Henry: Coming Home

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The journey of a million miles begins by sitting down. The whole drama of the self, which wants this and doesn’t want that, and gets anxious and then doesn’t like the anxiety and wants to be rid of it – why not take a […]

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When Spring Returns

When spring returns to the earth, the myriad things are born. Smashing empty space to pieces, one is free and at ease. One will never again become attached to self or others. Although the Dharma Realm is vast, one can encompass it all. *** Venerable Master Hsuan Hua http://www.cttbusa.org/dharmatalks/chan.asp *** Image and Creation by Rosa […]

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Message from Henry: Experience

…we’re all barefoot servants, joined in a joyous humility. Right off the bat Zen is about experience. The fact. Reality. The meeting of this moment in its very core. Like getting inside the heart of the atom. Inside the force that makes this moment – with all its contents unified, and with each of its […]

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Flower’s Song, Dogen

Haru kaze ni Waga koto no ha no Chirinuru o Hana no uta to ya Hito no nagamen. **** Will their gaze fall upon The petals of words I utter, Shaken loose and blown free by the spring breeze, As if only the notes Of a flower’s song? **** The Zen Poetry of DOGEN Verses from […]

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Message from Henry: Zen and Vipassana

…that infinite nothing has the power to resolve our lives, and not through a sweeping nihilism but an infinite loving wonder, a marvel at the core of every moment… I enjoy close inspection and investigation of the fabric of experience. When I’m thinking a lot, is there some discomfort in the body for example: perhaps […]

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