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Mountain Cloud Zen Podcasts

Henry Shukman: Associate Master Sanbo Zen
50 episodes
Santa Fe, NM

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

“ … 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 …

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

“ … 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 ge…

Dharmatalk: Dealing with Desire – Original Love One (2 of 4)

“ 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 origina…

Dharmatalk: Love In Present Moment Experience – Original Love One (1 of 4)

“… 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 fac…

Dharmatalk: Practice-Realization

“… 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 B…

Dharmatalk: Loving Awakening

“… 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 con…

Dharmatalk: Gathering of the Heart

“… 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 lik…

Dharmatalk: Awakening to Love and Compassion

“… 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 …

Dharmatalk: The Flipside of Impermanence

“… 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 medit…

Dharmatalk: Inquiry into Experience

“… Zen is an effortless practice. It’s just letting go  …” Description: In these two short talks given at the Esalen Institute in January 2020, we hear about Zen’s emphasis on awakening, which is closely linked to the original meaning of the word “Buddhism.” Zen is a unique spiritual path in t…

Dharmatalk: The Intersection of Yoga and Zen

“… who we are in the present moment–this very moment …” “… Housebuilder, I have seen you! You will never build your house here again    …”   Description: In this dialogue, which took place at the Esalen Institute in January 2020, yoga teacher Tias Little and zen teacher Henry Shukman talk…

Dharmatalk: Seeing through the Self

“… Nothing changes, but everything changes, through the path of meditation    …” Description: In these talks, given during the 2020 Esalen meditation and yoga retreat, we consider certain questions about the nature of reality, taken from the Buddhist canon. Several anecdotes pose a simple que…

Dharmatalk: The Intrinsic Healthy Self

“… into the joy of present moment awareness    …” “… The healthy self lives in the world of form, not desire  …” Description: In these talks, which were given on the second day of the 2020 yoga and meditation retreat at Esalen, we examine more closely how we might uncover Unmon’s bright li…

Dharmatalk: The Bright Light Within

“… with training of the mind through zen, and of the body through yoga, discover the luminous self  …” “… Awakening is the radical tearing up of the separation between self and the world  …” Description: In this compilation of talks given on the first day of a yoga and meditation retreat …

Dharmatalk: The Other Power

“… Usually with training, we can become more and more creators of wellbeing  …” Description: This short talk, given on the final day of the 2019 Winter Sesshin, offers words of encouragement for practitioners in retreat. It reminds us of the points that came up in talks on the Heart Sutra thr…

Dharmatalk: Excess of Happiness

“… as an affirmation of the absolute unity of all  …” “… How can there be suffering if there is no one who suffers?  …” Description: In this further exploration of the Heart Sutra from the 2019 Winter Sesshin, we look at the section that says: “No ignorance, and therefore no ending of igno…

Dharmatalk: A Heart Retreat

“… sutra is conveying the great love and fundamental energy that pervades throughout the universe  …” “… Hating our suffering and fighting against it will inevitably make it worse  …” Description: This third talk given during the Winter Sesshin of 2019 considers how all of the senses and s…

Dharmatalk: A Goad for Training

“… This being here like this is a marvellous arising of a mirage  …” Description: This talk, the second one given during the 2019 Rohatsu Sesshin, further discusses the group of lines from the Heart Sutra that starts, “No eye, ear, nose,” etc. The sutra breaks down our entire perception of re…

Dharmatalk: Firsthand Experience

“… Practice is always, only about this moment  …” Description: The first talk given during the Winter Rohatsu sesshin of 2019 continues an ongoing exploration of the Heart Sutra by looking, in particular, at the line: “No eye, ear, nose, tongue, body, mind.” Allowing this negating assertion t…

Dharmatalk: Negation as Strategy

“… The Heart Sutra puts forth the radical assertion that knowing is delusion, and not knowing is most intimate …” “… This is not a morning talk on Zen  …” Description: The word “no” gets repeated over many times throughout the Heart Sutra. This talk examines why negation is such a core el…

Dharmatalk: The Wisdom before Knowing

“… We, our mind, the world we experience with our mind; are all the same  …” Surrealism. Woman’s eye with galaxies in deep space Description: In this first talk given during the Fall 2019 sesshin, we continue our former discussion about the Heart Sutra by looking at how Prajna Paramita is “ne…

Dharmatalk: The Land of Neither, Nor

“… we need only learn how to let go of our body, mind, feelings, senses and consciousness as naturally as leaves letting go their stems and falling to the ground in autumn …” “… Emptiness is the most marvelous fullness  …” Description: The Prajna Paramita teachings of Buddhism in some case…

Dharmatalk: No Other

“… Just come and sit, and let the flower of your heart open  …”   Description: This talk explores the second two sentences of the Heart Sutra: “Form is no other than emptiness; emptiness no other than form…” The text is written this way to remind us not to think of emptiness as something other…

Dharmatalk: The Loving Fount of All

“… dwelling in perfect wisdom, we too may begin to discover the eternally selflessly giving love that nourishes all of creation  …” “… True giving must mean relinquishing control  …” Description: The first line of the Heart Sutra invokes the bodhisattva Kanzeon, her name “Avalokiteshvara,” w…

Dharmatalk: Great Mother Prajna Paramita

“… Real knowing is not-knowing  …” Description: This talk explores the meanings of the word “Prajna.” Commonly translated as wisdom, the word etymologically comes from pra-jna. “Jna” is a root word meaning “know” (related both to the English know and to gnosis). The prefix pra can be an intens…

Dharmatalk: A Lineage of Humility

“… To be you, fully alive, that’s your greatest offering to the universe  …” Description: A zen practitioner may spend decades studying under a teacher before they themselves can be authorized to teach. When our orientation toward needing outer things to be the way we want them shifts, through…

Dharmatalk: Right Concentration

“… start to experience the intrinsically fulfilling wellbeing of the lotus flower … permeated from its roots throughout the tips of its petals with the same cool water in which it thrives in perfect stillness …” “… Whatever needs to drop away drops away by itself  …” Description: Final talk …

Dharmatalk: Bringing the Mind Home

“… mindfulness … is a practice of becoming okay with what we have …” “… We have to let be, to let go  …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. The practice of mindfulness is not about adding something into our already busy lives that’s going to pick us up and make us feel better — i…

Dharmatalk: The Process of Letting Go of Everything

“… You can only see it when you are it  …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Human beings tend to get constantly captivated by their “default mode network,” which can generate a continuous stream of internal commentary. To really be able to be present without an outward task: that i…

Dharmatalk: The Zone of Phenomena

“… The principle of zen is: body and mind fall away  …” Description: Ongoing series on basic Buddhism. Having reached the fourth aspect of mindfulness, which is the seventh fold of the Noble Eightfold Path, which is itself the fourth of the Four Noble Truths, we find that dharma gates are inde…