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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 2 of 6: Humility Conquers All

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Description: This teisho is the second talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. The central topic is humility. Henry begins with the story of Father Foucauld, a French monk living in Algeria in the early 1900s, which calls to mind the latin motto, humilitas vincit omnia, or humility conquers all things. This directly relates to the six paths […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 1 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 1)

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Description: This teisho is the first talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. The objective is to outline a guide to two levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” beginning with an excerpt from Hakuin Zenji’s Song of Zazen: Lost on dark paths of ignorance, we wander through the six worlds, from dark path to dark path. Henry […]


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The Circle of the Way

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“… the point of all of this is to be of service, each in our own unique way …” Description: Henry begins by talking about a recent workshop at Mountain Cloud with noted calligrapher and translator of Dogen, Kaz Tanahashi. Dogen is a national treasure in Japan, both expressing and shaping the collective soul of the […]


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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 3b of 6)

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“… We live in the vast earth, breathing inside this great mystery, having an immediate experience of co-creation in every moment …“ Description: This is the third in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry begins with a reading from Becoming Animal and David reads a poem from Henry’s collection, Archangel. Henry and […]


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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 3a of 6)

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“… We live in the vast earth, breathing inside this great mystery, having an immediate experience of co-creation in every moment …“ Description: This is the third in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry begins with a reading from Becoming Animal and David reads a poem from Henry’s collection, Archangel. Henry and […]


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Teisho: Case 65, Blue Cliff Record: A Non-Buddhist Questions Buddha

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“… Buddha is showing us who he is by remaining still, showing us the core of our own heart …”   Description: The first part of this talk centers on Case 65, which also appears in the The Gateless Gate. The questions arise: What is a Buddhist? What is a non-Buddhist? What is awakening? In this […]


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A Love So Great

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“… What is this activity? … the principle of ultimate compassion, of love …” The bodhisattva doesn’t control themselves, they’re controlled by the needs around them. Description: Henry references several koans from the Book of Equanimity in this talk, which begins with the distinction between a dharma talk and a teisho. This leads us into Case […]


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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 2b of 6)

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“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the second in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry and David continue to explore the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature. David is an ecologist, geo-philosopher, and writer. David describes a geo-philosopher […]


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Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 2a of 6)

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“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the second in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. Henry and David continue to explore the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature. David is an ecologist, geo-philosopher, and writer. David describes a geo-philosopher […]


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Teisho: Case 67, Book of Equanimity: Wisdom in the Kegon Sutra

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Koans are dark to the mind but radiant to the heart    Description: This talk centers on Case 67, which is taken from the Kegon Sutra. The Buddha says, “Now I see all living beings everywhere, and I see that each of them possesses the wisdom and virtue of Tathagata.” Henry explains the word Tathagata and […]


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