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Going Back To The Source: Like-Mindedness {VIDEO Clip}

January 9, 2015

This is the 12th short video clip (1:49) 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 doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing with clarity, humanist enlightenment in the west, roots of being human, Zen’s transitional phase, like mindedness, sharing an identity with everything that lives, and releasing our reactivity. In their view, we arrive at the single source from many paths.

In this clip Henry talks about the “… Like-Mindedness …” …  below is the transcript of this segment of the conversation:

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Henry Shukman: … Well you know, funnily enough, Alexander the Great had a kind of utopian ideal of what he called homonoia which means basically like-mindedness, noia, mind and homo, same.

And it was expressly that the Eastern parts of the empire, India and the middle part, the Near East as they called it, the Persia and so on and the West, the Greek world would all have ultimately homonoia, one mind. And philosophy was his hope for that coming about, which is rather like my master’s master, Yamada Cohen, who passionately believed that all human beings are the same fundamental nature which can only be found when you really let go of all the things we’ve been talking about. And in that nature, he said, it isn’t really anything, and yet to find it, that is the hope for the human race, he thought.

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Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs. Click here for his Full BIO.

Henry Shukman is head teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center. Click here for his full BIO.

This video clip is from : Going Back to the Source : A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman, Produced by Chris Hebard, Filmed by Luke Fitch (, copyright

This conversation, and the video, is presented by Stillness Speaks in association with Tricycle and Mountain Cloud Zen Center.

Full transcript of the conversation can be found at Tricycle by clicking here.

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