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Original Love – Introduction (1 of X)

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“… primordial absence in Taoism or emptiness in Buddhism …” Description: Henry describes love as the origin. This origin is primordial absence in Taoism or emptiness in Buddhism. It’s basically coming to the point where there is no thing, simply nothing at all. These are words that are trying to label an experience of this […]


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Dharmatalk: Residing in Present Moment Experience: Original Love One – Mindfulness (4 of 4)

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“… residing in present moment experience …” Description: Final talk from the Original Love One Retreat. Henry concludes this series of talks on original love one. Residing in present moment experience and eventually becoming this moment, once the hindrances that stand in the way of how we experience the present moment are resolved. And, here’s […]


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Dharmatalk: Finding Peace: Original Love One – Mindfulness (3 of 4)

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“… how we human bodies find peace with ourselves …” Description: Third talk from the Original Love One – Mindfulness Retreat. Henry continues the great exploration about how we human bodies find peace with ourselves. The human body at peace with itself is more precious than the rarest gem. Henry talks more about the hindrances, mindfulness […]


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Dharmatalk: Dealing with Desire: Original Love One – Mindfulness (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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