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This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.

This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.
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This Zen Podcast series is based on Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s Thursday evening Teishos (dharma talks) that explore the Dharma of the classical koans of Zen. The podcasts help us in our mission of offering core Zen training in the lineage of Sanbo Zen to create healthier and kinder lives for all, while also supporting our Three Treasures Prison Project in which we work with inmates in a maximum security prison, as well as serving the immediate community of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and our international sangha, and the broader world community of all beings.

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Episodes

Teisho: Case 70, Book of Equanimity: Shinsan Asks about Nature

8/16/2018
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“… this moment … is without content—it is unborn and, simultaneously, undeniably present …” Description: In this powerful talk Henry begins by conveying that, however perplexing they seem to be, the subject matter of all koans is right here, right now. In Case 70, Master Shinsan and Master Shuzan are having a dialogue, or mondo. Shinsan begins, “After […]

Duration:00:35:37

Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 6 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 3)

8/9/2018
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“… our life, our very existence becomes an ongoing service …” Description: This teisho is the sixth and final talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. Henry revisits the four levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” discussed in Parts 1 & 2, in order to clarify a few points. The element of “stop and see” is intrinsic to every […]

Duration:00:30:38

Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 5 of 6: A Guide to the Museum Called “Me” (Part 2)

8/2/2018
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“… the gate of ease and joy …” ~ Dogen Description: This teisho is the fifth talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. (The fourth talk was a “silent teisho.”) Henry recaps the guide to first two levels of “the museum called ‘me,’” presented in the first talk of this sesshin and discusses the subsequent levels. The third […]

Duration:00:38:28

Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 3 of 6: Case 69, Book of Equanimity: Nansen’s “Cats and Cows”

7/28/2018
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“… a state of stillness, peace and freedom …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the 2017 Rohatsu sesshin. It begins with the various ways human beings have addressed the problem of suffering, citing the solutions proposed in the words of both Hakuin and John of the Cross. This leads into Case 69 of the […]

Duration:00:34:38

Rohatsu Sesshin Talk 2 of 6: Humility Conquers All

7/20/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:29:31

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

7/14/2018
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Featur 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. […]

Duration:00:38:20

The Circle of the Way

7/6/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:38:54

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

6/29/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:58:57

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

6/21/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:52:34

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

6/16/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:40:34

A Love So Great

6/8/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:24:46

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

5/31/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:49:52

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

5/24/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:55:20

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

5/21/2018
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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 […]

Duration:00:33:59

Teisho: Case 66, Book of Equanimity: Kyûhô’s “Head and Tail”

5/10/2018
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“… the movement into service …“ Description: Henry begins by explaining how koans are a doorway into the deepest aspects of our existence. Zen is about letting go of everything we think we know, of all our beliefs and opinions. It is a process of purification that allows for the discovery of another dimension of our existence. […]

Duration:00:36:05

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 1b of 6)

5/3/2018
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“… when we speak, the world is speaking through us …“ Description: This is the first in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. David is a cultural ecologist, geo-philosopher, and performance artist and the author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous. His writings have catalyzed the emergence of several new […]

Duration:01:00:13

Between the Human Animal and the Animate Earth (Part 1a of 6)

4/27/2018
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“… the sacredness of our human inter-being with the rest of nature …“ Description: This is the first in a three-part series of spontaneous conversations between Henry and David Abram. David is a cultural ecologist, geo-philosopher, and performance artist and the author of Becoming Animal and The Spell of the Sensuous. His writings have catalyzed the emergence of […]

Duration:00:48:06

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 5)

4/19/2018
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“… There is no self, no witness, and no world and it is marked by a sense of deep relief and joy …“ To reach satisfaction in all, desire its possession in nothing. John of the Cross Description: This is the fifth and final talk from the Fall […]

Duration:00:32:16

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 4) & Case 64, Book of Equanimity: Shuzan’s “Bride”

4/12/2018
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“… the most important thing about Zen training. It is the experiential discovery that we are not alone, we are not individual, we are not separate from anything …“ Zazen is the gate of ease and joy. […]

Duration:00:35:45

Teisho: A Map of Zen Training (Part 3) & Case 65, Book of Equanimity: Shuzan’s “Bride”

4/5/2018
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“… only one well-being that unites all things in boundless love …“ To come to be what you are not, you must go by a way in which you are not. John of the […]

Duration:00:41:07