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Friends

Sometimes I wonder if the greatest value of our Dharma practice is what it does to our ability to relate to one another. Could it be that all our practice is, in the end, a pretext for the truly great event: being together without our ordinary social minds? The reason we sit in silence without […]

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Going Back to the Source: A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman

On June 4, 2014, Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman sat down for an engaging conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.” Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing […]

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Me

It turns out this “me” is a seed — as Jesus said, it’s the “corn of wheat” that must fall to the ground and die. Zen always says: Die! Be killed! Why? Because this little agent of separation called “me” – this identity that creates itself and in doing so creates its own separation – […]

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Angst

“… If we could just flip the angle of light, the trick of perspective, we would see exactly what we do not see, rather than what we do see…” What about the angst we modern humans are heir to, the “vague nameless dread” that comes with our moral and spiritual uncertainty, as Yamada Koun Roshi […]

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The Ancestors’ Love

What do we have to do to receive the love and help of the ancestors, ever more deeply and thoroughly, until finally we know that we do nothing, and they do everything? We act through and for them. They act through us. We are their hands in this world. And as we allow them to […]

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Addiction to Suffering

Suffering is a system to which we attach ourselves.  In a way, that’s OK.  If that’s what we choose to do, then so be it.  Except in another way it’s not OK, because we suffer.  We find it painful.  Yet, on the whole, we are quite reluctant to disengage from it.  We imagine the price […]

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The Heart of Zen

When Shakyamuni Buddha experienced his great awakening at the age of 35, it did not come through grueling ascetic practices. Rather, after several years of mortifying his flesh under the guidance of various spiritual masters, to the point where he had brought himself close to death, he realized three things: first, he wanted to live, […]

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About Zen

Zen is a practice of meditation and action designed to free us to live compassionate, healthy and energized lives. The word “Zen” simply means meditation. The practice of meditation can bring many benefits: greater attention and awareness, the settling down of our emotional life, a growing sense of goodwill and kindness, and a desire to […]

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Hokusai says …

Hokusai says look carefully. He says pay attention, notice. He says keep looking, stay curious. He says there is no end to seeing. He says look forward to getting old. He says keep changing, you just get more who you really are. He says get stuck, accept it, repeat yourself as long as it is […]

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