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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

Dharmatalk: Why Practice

12/6/2018
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“… To be aware of breath means to be aware of being alive …” Description: This talk offers some reflections on a path of practice, and how it can help support not only our awareness of being alive, but also make us more aware that we are not independent from all that surrounds us, wherever we […]

Duration:00:38:00

Dharmatalk: Ruben Habito: The Oak Tree in the Garden – Guest Episode

11/29/2018
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“… it is here, right here and now, that the gateway to the infinite, … is found …” ~ Ruben Habito Description: Ruben Roshi likens koans to a GPS for our practice, as he addresses this famous koan with Chan Master Zhaozhou, otherwise known to us as Zen Master Joshu — “What did Bodhidharma bring […]

Duration:00:31:26

Dharmatalk: Sesshin Talk 5 (of 5):The Story of Master Hogen

11/22/2018
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“… Is this rock inside your mind or outside your mind? …” Description: In this fifth talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin, Henry shares a few stories of Master Hôgen’s life to encourage us as we practice. Hôgen, and every great master, was once just like us—searching for clarity about their life. Upon hearing the words, […]

Duration:00:25:45

Dharmatalk: Sesshin Talk 4 (of 5): Case 74, Book of Equanimity: Hogen’s “Form and Name”

11/15/2018
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“… The force that through the green fuse drives the flower …” ~ Dylan Thomas Description: This is the fourth tesisho from the Spring 2018 sesshin. In Case 74, Master Hôgen says, “Form arises from what has no substance yet; name comes from what has no name yet.” We can discover the world that Hôgen is […]

Duration:00:41:50

Teisho: Sesshin Talk 3 (of 5): Case 73, Book of Equanimity: Sôzan’s Filial Fulfillment

11/8/2018
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“… a continuous letting-go of everything …” Description: This teisho is the third talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. Master Sôzan, along with Master Tôzan, founded the Soto sect of Zen. Case 73 inspires a discussion of the lineage of practice and how this relates to “fulfilling filial piety,” which can result in a kind of rebirth. […]

Duration:00:37:29

Teisho: Sesshin Talk 2 (of 5): Gimme the Enlightenment! (Part 2)

11/1/2018
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Description: This teisho is the second talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. This talk focuses on Bodhidharma’s second gate to the Zen path, entry by principle (or “fact”), as expressed by the first koan, Mu. Henry reads various passages, including a wonderful description of walking meditation by Natalie Goldberg, with the intention of giving […]

Duration:00:48:01

Teisho: Sesshin Talk 1 (of 5): Gimme the Enlightenment! (Part 1)

10/25/2018
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“… {just} keenly watch our experience …” Description: This teisho is the first talk from the Spring 2018 sesshin. Over the course of these talks, Henry will touch on two sources of Zen practice, Taoism and Buddhism, and how they affect how we practice. Bodhidharma, a Buddhist monk considered to be the founder of Zen, articulated […]

Duration:00:36:26

Teisho: Many Doors

10/18/2018
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“… The door of every house leads to Chang’an …. every aspect of our experience is a door to oneness, to emptiness …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from Bodhisattva of Compassion: The Mystical Tradition of Kuan Yin by John Blofeld, which highlights various perspectives on practice. Every sect of Buddhism, every phenomenon and […]

Duration:00:40:02

Teisho: Learning to Be

10/11/2018
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“… The present moment is shot through with rays of the infinite …” Description: In this talk, Henry reviews the basics of mindfulness, beginning with Buddha’s Four Foundations of Mindfulness, which apply to the entirety of experience and demonstrate that the roots of mindfulness run deep in Zen. These foundations can be seen as the basis […]

Duration:00:36:33

Teisho: Case 72, Book of Equanimity: Chûyû’s “Monkey”

10/4/2018
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“… a six-windowed room represents our life, or our experience of the world through the six senses …” Description: This talk begins with a reading from The Lost Books of the Odyssey, which aptly describes what a koan is. Agamemnon has commissioned his wisest counselors to write a book that will explain the whole world. Dissatisfied with […]

Duration:00:37:38

Teisho: One Love

9/27/2018
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“… It is possible to see through our lives to a great wonder that is without form but is infinitely loving and deeply personal …” Description: This talk was given the day after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Henry had planned on presenting a koan but, instead, decided to tell us a story about an experience he […]

Duration:00:27:43

Teisho: Case 71, Book of Equanimity: Suigan’s “Eyebrows”

9/20/2018
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“… Zen does not impart anything to us, but rather allows us to let go of everything …” Koans are able to untie things we didn’t know were tied and to open things we didn’t know were closed. Description: This talk begins with a discussion of the power of koans to work on us — “they are little […]

Duration:00:30:24

Teisho: Ruben Habito: Two Zen Questions – Guest Episode

9/13/2018
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Description: This talk was given by Ruben Habito Roshi, founding teacher of Maria Kannon Zen Center in Dallas, TX and Professor of Comparative Religion at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He offers an inspiring introductory talk on Zen, centered on two key questions of a lifetime… Please enjoy this 30 minute talk from a great living Zen […]

Duration:00:31:42

Teisho: Happiness

9/6/2018
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Description: In this talk, Henry touches on the various kinds of happiness, or sukha, as articulated by the Buddha, and explores why happiness is a worthwhile subject in light of the questions: Who are we? What are we? Why are we here? Ultimately, Zen practice can guide us into allowing the true experience of unconditional wellbeing. […]

Duration:00:37:38

Teisho: Suffering, Beauty & The Dharma

8/30/2018
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Description: Highlighting excerpts from two books, Why Buddhism is True, by Robert Wright and Narcissus and Goldmund, by Hermann Hesse, this talk focuses on three topics: suffering, beauty, and the Dharma. When we expose and examine our pain and the suffering caused by wanting things to be different than they are, it becomes easier to allow […]

Duration:00:43:52

Teisho: The Christmas Story & Zen

8/25/2018
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All things pregnant with a single treasure. “… open the inn door and allow room for now? Attending to the present moment opens the space where the treasure that is intrinsic to our existence is revealed …” Description: Essentially, the core of all the great traditions teach us about what it is to be human. In this beautiful […]

Duration:00:34:30

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