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Description: Henry talks about the corona-virus pandemic and endemic racism in America and what our practice offers as a solution to racism; bearing witness from deep realization of inseparability. And, here’s a link to our YouTube video of this talk. Also, check out our Upcoming Events: Original Love Weekend Nov 27-28. Rohatsu – Virtual Retreat De…
 
Description: Henry talks about the corona-virus pandemic and endemic racism in America and what our practice offers as a solution to racism; bearing witness from deep realization of inseparability. And, here’s a link to our YouTube video of this talk. Also, check out our Upcoming Events: Original Love Weekend Nov 27-28. Rohatsu – Virtual Retreat De…
 
“… Zen is a mechanism for letting go ...” “… One fruit of wisdom is not being so caught up in having our desires met ...” Description: Zen draws its tradition from both Buddhism and Daoism. Many of the ancient masters rejected the notion that awakening could happen gradually. They insisted that the reality of shunyata (emptiness) must be realized i…
 
“… Zen is a mechanism for letting go ...” “… One fruit of wisdom is not being so caught up in having our desires met ...” Description: Zen draws its tradition from both Buddhism and Daoism. Many of the ancient masters rejected the notion that awakening could happen gradually. They insisted that the reality of shunyata (emptiness) must be realized i…
 
“… The capacity to awaken is not something you have. It’s what you are ...” Description: In this talk given jointly by Valerie and Henry on the last day of Mountain Cloud’s May 2020 4-day retreat, we consider the experiences of two of the early Chinese Zen patriarchs, Sosan and Doshin, both of whom sought liberation from the sense of unease that is…
 
“… The capacity to awaken is not something you have. It’s what you are ...” Description: In this talk given jointly by Valerie and Henry on the last day of Mountain Cloud’s May 2020 4-day retreat, we consider the experiences of two of the early Chinese Zen patriarchs, Sosan and Doshin, both of whom sought liberation from the sense of unease that is…
 
“… Mu cuts through our false sense of separation...” Description: A monk asked Haryo, “What is the sharpest sword?” He replied, “Each branch of corral reflects the moon.” Taking up the lens of this koan, Valerie invites us to see through the habitual grid of separateness and be illumined by the reality Haryo conveys: one single moon, reflected in m…
 
“… Mu cuts through our false sense of separation...” Description: A monk asked Haryo, “What is the sharpest sword?” He replied, “Each branch of corral reflects the moon.” Taking up the lens of this koan, Valerie invites us to see through the habitual grid of separateness and be illumined by the reality Haryo conveys: one single moon, reflected in m…
 
“… we must drop all the schemes and agendas we may bring to our sitting ...” “… I want to devote myself to the capaciousness of my heart ...” Description: Many of us who practice Zen are familiar with the koan Mu. How could spending the inordinate amount of time that we do on the cushion, concentrating on this one syllable, ever be beneficial? In t…
 
“… we must drop all the schemes and agendas we may bring to our sitting ...” “… I want to devote myself to the capaciousness of my heart ...” Description: Many of us who practice Zen are familiar with the koan Mu. How could spending the inordinate amount of time that we do on the cushion, concentrating on this one syllable, ever be beneficial? In t…
 
“… how we can make significant changes in our lives if we start out small ...” “… Little by little, a little becomes a lot ...” Description: Behavioral coach Eric Zimmer breaks down for us how we can make significant changes in our lives if we start out small and set realistic goals for ourselves. He clarifies some of the pitfalls many people fall …
 
“… how we can make significant changes in our lives if we start out small ...” “… Little by little, a little becomes a lot ...” Description: Behavioral coach Eric Zimmer breaks down for us how we can make significant changes in our lives if we start out small and set realistic goals for ourselves. He clarifies some of the pitfalls many people fall …
 
“… Focusing on the breath, we learn how to tame the delusive mind ...” Description: Master Joshu features in several important koans in the Zen canon. He is often heard giving poignant clarification to bemused monks about how “the great way dislikes picking and choosing.” In this talk, Rollie del Rosario from the Manila Zen Center in the Philippine…
 
“… Focusing on the breath, we learn how to tame the delusive mind ...” Description: Master Joshu features in several important koans in the Zen canon. He is often heard giving poignant clarification to bemused monks about how “the great way dislikes picking and choosing.” In this talk, Rollie del Rosario from the Manila Zen Center in the Philippine…
 
“… Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of this present moment ...” Description: Valerie Forstman leads us through an examination of what it means to use time, and to be used by time. Whether regretting lost time, feeling rushed because we don’t have enough time, or ruing that we may run out of time; of all the anxieties that we g…
 
“… Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of this present moment ...” Description: Valerie Forstman leads us through an examination of what it means to use time, and to be used by time. Whether regretting lost time, feeling rushed because we don’t have enough time, or ruing that we may run out of time; of all the anxieties that we g…
 
“… The image of mountains is common to many spiritual traditions but is especially fitting for Zen practitioners ...” “… This truth knows no obstacles anywhere...” Description: This talk was originally given in Spanish by Berta Meneses Roshi and is here translated into English. She discusses the koan that starts by telling us, “A thousand mountains…
 
“… The image of mountains is common to many spiritual traditions but is especially fitting for Zen practitioners ...” “… This truth knows no obstacles anywhere...” Description: This talk was originally given in Spanish by Berta Meneses Roshi and is here translated into English. She discusses the koan that starts by telling us, “A thousand mountains…
 
“… Bodhidharma Puts the Mind at Rest...” Description: Ruben Roshi has been both Henry and Valerie’s teacher. He is the guiding teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas Texas and Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Ruben focuses on anxiety, stress and near-despair within the context of the pandemic and ou…
 
“… Bodhidharma Puts the Mind at Rest...” Description: Ruben Roshi has been both Henry and Valerie’s teacher. He is the guiding teacher at the Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas Texas and Dean of the Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Ruben focuses on anxiety, stress and near-despair within the context of the pandemic and ou…
 
“… how everyday experience is actually as vast and boundless as outer space ...” “… By letting everything be, things have the intrinsic capacity to release themselves ...” Description: Resuming the discussion about the koan that tells us “ordinary mind is the way,” this talk from the second day of a weekend retreat examines how everyday experience …
 
“… Many flavors of awakening exist, constituting one mountain range …” “… If you’re lucky enough to get up the mountain, you’ve still got to come down again ...” Description: A novice asks his master, “What is the way?” The master responds, “Ordinary mind.” This koan expresses how ultimate reality can be found in something as commonplace as a cup o…
 
“… a world that is so near to us yet so well able to maintain itself that we needn’t do anything to influence it …” “… Zazen has been described as silently not influencing anything ...” Description: Koans can provide helpful perspectives for dealing with the uncertainty of current world events. In this talk, Valerie Forstman discusses Case 20 from …
 
“… subjectivity of deeper states of meditation …” “… What is the price of rice?’ Why is that the totality of the human experience of awakening?” ...” Description: Following a guided meditation, a discussion of one of the Vedic Upanishads points out how the old Zen masters, whose terse teachings come down to us through the koans, expressed profound …
 
“… Sitting is the vehicle for discovering innate “awakened-ness.” ...” Description: Case 1 of the Book of Equanimity offers a beautiful example of how an awakened person might expound the dharma from the Zen perspective. We cannot hope to understand it through verbal teachings, rational guidelines or instructions. It has to come through experience,…
 
“… Practice wears thin the veil between non-awakened and awakened experience ...” Description: The questions raised after this Sunday sitting and lecture touch upon kensho, or Zen awakening, and what might be the causes and conditions for it. A practitioner asks about how the true self and the no-self are reconciled in Zen. The session closes with …
 
“… to learn to surrender to forces beyond our control ...” “… From the Zen point of view, every moment is holy ...” Description: In continuing the discussion about levels of Zen practice, tHenry looks at the level of tariki, “other power.” Whether we adhere to a religious outlook or not, it is easy to see how our existence depends on the functionin…
 
“… Koans are invitations to pass through the gate of separation ...” Description: How can we learn through the pandemic crisis to let go of the sense of separateness that is the source of so many of the world’s problems? This talk takes Case 87 from the Blue Cliff Record, where Unmon states that “Medicine and disease correspond to each other,” and …
 
“… koan Mu can give us a glimpse of the boundless love that pervades the whole universe …” “… Whatever we’re not welcoming, that’s our great teacher ...” Description: Continuing on the theme of uncertainty, this talk considers koan practice as a way of helping us find our true home in a world where nothing is ever certain. We look at how Case 45 fr…
 
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