05 May Being Well Podcast: The Heart of Zen with Henry Shukman
Henry Shukman, the guiding teacher of Mountain Cloud Zen Center, joins Rick and Forrest to explore self-transcendent experiences, relaxing self-identification, and the warm heart at the core of Zen practice.
About our Guest: Henry Shukman is a writer, poet, and Zen Master of the Sanbo Zen lineage. He’s published nine books to date which have won numerous awards, and writes regularly for Tricycle, The New York Times and other publications. His most recent book is One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir.
Henry Shukman is Guest Teacher for our Wednesday Meditation, May 5, 2021.
1:50: How Henry came to meditative practice
3:30: Henry’s self-transcendent experience
7:20: How Zen practice has changed Henry’s experience of himself
10:35: Gradual cultivation, sudden awakening
14:30: The role of transcendent experiences
18:50: The importance of virtue
21:40: Unethical behavior among contemplative teachers
22:40: The risks of “seeking” self-transcendent experiences
27:00: A framework that supports awakening
31:00: Where it’s valuable to rest our awareness
35:30: Practicing when there’s suffering associated with the container of the body
41:10: Non-separateness, and relaxing identification with self
47:15: Fear around not-self
48:10: “The apple falls away from the tree”
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