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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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Escape

“..we all seem to yearn for something indescribably precious which has been lost to our experience.” Zen is also about closing off our escape routes, so that in the end there is nowhere to go. We have no choice but to be right here, where we are. We seem to long for transcendence, to escape […]

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Our New YouTube Channel {VIDEO Clip}

Mountain Cloud Zen Center now has a YouTube Channel. Our 1st video is a short clip (2:12) 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.” UPDATE Nov 6, 2014: The full video (1:03:15) can be […]

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