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What Is Real?

“… Zen is quite clear: “picking up one atom of thought brings the whole universe into being,” … “ Sometimes it seems to really hit us that this planet hanging in space with sibling planets and its niece the moon is real. There’s really a ball of fire hanging out in the medium we call space, powering […]

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Going Back To The Source: Transcending The Law of the Excluded Middle {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 6th short video clip (5:49) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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Relief From Suffering

“To awaken is to realize for ourselves that our suffering was never ever separate from awakening.” We tend to think of relief from suffering as a direct tending to the suffering. In other words, the model is along the lines of a sick person whose symptoms are addressed by the physician’s care. The symptoms need […]

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Going Back To The Source: The Dharma Is Clearly Visible {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 5th short video clip (4:46) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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Going Back To The Source: Classical Philosophy and Zen {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 4th short video clip (3:58) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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Newsletter: November 29, 2014

Dogen talked about “continuous practice,” but by this he didn’t mean “learning to practice all the time.” He meant that practice itself is happening continuously and universally. The whole universe, all existence, is practice. Below are some excerpts from our latest Newsletter, November 29, 2014, featuring Henry Shukman’s dharma teaching. Please signup for our newsletter by scrolling to […]

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Winning and Losing

There is a place where all is well, and thus there is neither good nor bad, right nor wrong. Where we are free in a way that is unimaginable. Where there is abundance of love in every moment. A few thoughts about our practice…. First, letting go. To be free we don’t try to let […]

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A Quiet Self

Sometimes people say their sitting is still and deep, and that there really isn’t much sense of self active in their experience. That’s great: it’s growing samadhi. We could call it the start of “extinguishing,” where the process of “emptying” is getting under way. At the same time, it’s not at all the same as […]

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Three Fruits of Zen

“We may start to entertain the possibility that, just as “realization” revealed what a dream the world of self and other has been, perhaps even realization itself is also a dream to be awakened from. “Throw away all things and emptiness,” said master Mumon. “ Traditionally there are said to be three fruits of zazen. […]

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Going Back To The Source: In order to see the ground {VIDEO Clip}

This is the 3rd short video clip (4:32) from the conversation between Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, on June 4, 2014, at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”  The entire talk’s video (1:03:15) can also be viewed on our YouTube channel. Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great […]

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