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Blue Cliff Record 67, Fu Daishi Expounds the Sutra

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Episode Description: This compelling talk, given in our zendo under the light of the full moon, explores Case 67 of the Blue Cliff Record. In a hushed atmosphere, Roshi Henry talks about Fu Daishi’s surprising sutra presentation. We see that words and other symbols only point to reality, but are not the reality themselves. The […]


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Blue Cliff Record 66, Ganto and the Sword

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Episode Description: This talk explores Case 66 from the Blue Cliff Record, Ganto and the Sword. Roshi Henry Shukman guides us to open our hearts to the alternate dharma reality in which we naturally exist, a consciousness radically different from the “getting and spending” (as Wordsworth called it) of our consumerist lives. This talk also describes the Zen practice […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014 Day 4 of 4

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The last talk of the sesshin again returns to Continuous Practice, taking us through discussions of Tennyson’s poem “Crossing the Bar,” sweatlodges, cults, faith and the Three Treasures. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: Stones, Meditation by memyselfaneye, CC0 Public Domain, from pixabay.com


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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014 Day 3 of 4

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The third talk of the sesshin focuses on “nothing to attain” and “allowing”, and includes beautiful and relevant stories of Tolstoy’s. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: Stones, Meditation by memyselfaneye, CC0 Public Domain, from pixabay.com


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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Day 2 of 4

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In day two, Henry continues the exploration of “Continuous Practice,” and brings in a discussion of the process of sesshin, as well as the book “The Authentic Gate of Zen” by Yamada Koun Roshi, and stages/no stages in practice, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives Featured Image Credit: Stones, […]


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Rohatsu Sesshin 2014, Day 1 of 4

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In this first teisho of the sesshin, Henry introduces Dogen’s fascicle on Continuous Practice, and starts to explore what Dogen meant by that term.  The talk includes poetry by Yeats, explores the awakening of Shakyamuni Buddha, and spends time with the koan Mu, among other things. Image Credit: Above image from Mountain Cloud Image Archives […]


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About Suffering They Were Never Wrong: How Zen Relieves Suffering

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Episode Description: Zen’s approach to suffering is extraordinary and brilliant. In a chain of koans concerning the early Chan masters, this talk examines that approach, and helps us to experience our self and our suffering in an entirely new light. This talk was given by our resident teacher, Henry Shukman, on September 28, 2014. Image […]


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What Cannot Be Conveyed: Interview by Joanna Harcourt-Smith (FuturePrimitive)

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Henry participates in an engaging conversation with Joanna Harcourt-Smith, of FuturePrimitive about: an inexplicable “moment of epiphany,” a long search, a relationship system, clarifying who we really are, a path of not-knowing, trying to convey what cannot be conveyed, “things just happen,” archetypal dreamwork, psychology with a spiritual dimension, and two poems. Please click here to listen. The FuturePrimitive […]


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Podcast: Hyakujo and the Wild Duck

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Episode Description: This famous koan from the Blue Cliff Record explores Master Hyakujo’s own journey to awakening under the decisive guidance of his master Baso. It also investigates the true meaning of awakening and its effects in our life. This talk was given by our resident teacher, Henry Shukman, on October 17, 2013.


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Podcast: Seppo’s Poisonous Snake

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Episode Description: In this talk exploring Case 22 of the Blue Cliff Record, we examine the teachings of the great Tang-dynasty master Seppo, who had a long hard struggle in his own practice, after which he became a teacher of many great Zen masters, and whose legacy is still alive today. This talk was given […]


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