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Dharmatalk: Dealing with Desire – Original Love One (2 of 4)

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“How will we know when we have mastered desire? Tranquility marked by a sense that we are lucky to be living whatever life we happen to be living.” ~ Dr Bill Irvine Description: Second Talk from the Original Love One Retreat. Henry Shukman continues to explore the many facets of original love through zen practice […]


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Dharmatalk: Love In Present Moment Experience – Original Love One (1 of 4)

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“… Love that … manifests as a deep inner journey into who we really are…” Description: Henry Shukman opens this first talk in our Original Love Retreat by looking at the word Love, one of the most loaded, variously understood and widely used word in the English language. Henry explores a facet of Love that […]


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Dharmatalk: Practice-Realization

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“… taste the indivisible dynamism of the heart of compassion …” “… The slightest movement is a seismic gesture; the whole earth shaken to the farthest regions …” Description: In this talk given during the Spring 2020 sesshin at Mountain Cloud, Valerie Forstman delves into Case 54 of the Book of Equanimity. The bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara is […]


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Dharmatalk: Loving Awakening

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“… clinging to identification with the self … the sense organs …” “… Words cannot touch it. No words cannot touch it …” Description: In this talk given during the 2020 Spring sesshin at Mountain Cloud, we examine the 12 links of dependent origination, which we find held together by our constant clinging to identification with […]


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Dharmatalk: Gathering of the Heart

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“… Joshu is still sitting. I can’t but sit …” Description: In this talk given on the second day of the Spring 2020 sesshin at Mountain Cloud, Valerie takes up the koan, Joshu’s Dog. If we earnestly sit with Mu, whether our practice calls us to roar it from the rooftops or exhale it gently like […]


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Dharmatalk: Awakening to Love and Compassion

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“… the very first line of the {Heart} sutra links Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of love, mercy, and compassion, with awakening and liberation  …” “… What does it take to just grow one level bigger?  …”   Description: In this talk, which was given on the first day of the Spring 2020 sesshin at Mountain Cloud, we again […]


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Dharmatalk: The Flipside of Impermanence

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“… Every moment, if I pay attention, I feel a way I’ve never felt before. It’s totally new!  …” Description: The main part of this compilation of talks consists of a question and answer session conducted by Henry Shukman and Tias Little on the last full day of the January 2020 yoga and meditation retreat at […]


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Dharmatalk: Inquiry into Experience

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“… Zen is an effortless practice. It’s just letting go …” Description: In these two short talks given at the Esalen Institute in January 2020, we hear about Zen’s emphasis on awakening, which is closely linked to the original meaning of the word “Buddhism.” Zen is a unique spiritual path in that it is more interested […]


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Dharmatalk: The Intersection of Yoga and Zen

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“… who we are in the present moment–this very moment …” “… Housebuilder, I have seen you! You will never build your house here again  …”   Description: In this dialogue, which took place at the Esalen Institute in January 2020, yoga teacher Tias Little and zen teacher Henry Shukman talk about the similarities and differences […]


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Dharmatalk: Seeing through the Self

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“… Nothing changes, but everything changes, through the path of meditation  …” Description: In these talks, given during the 2020 Esalen meditation and yoga retreat, we consider certain questions about the nature of reality, taken from the Buddhist canon. Several anecdotes pose a simple question, which is something that every human being must reflect on at […]


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