Past Events

An Afternoon with Henry Shukman

Who am I? Why am I here? What should I do?


These great questions of a lifetime – who would have thought they could be addressed, let alone resolved?

For thousands of years Zen has shared a thorough way of getting to the bottom of this human experience and coming to a renewed life of beauty, love and helpfulness. It simply begins as we are – a human consciousness in a human body – and ends right there too. But the journey in between is the great journey of a lifetime. Come and explore who we are…

Saturday, October 10, 11:30am-1:00pm (Yoga Mandiram 2121 Newcastle Ave, Cardiff, CA)

Sunday, October 11, 11:30am-1:00pm(Yoga Mandiram 2121 Newcastle Ave, Cardiff, CA)

Sunday,  October 11, 4:00pm-5:30pm (White Box Live Arts – Liberty Station – 2590 Truxton Rd, #205, San Diego)

Henry Shukman (Ryu’un-ken), an Associate Master of the Japanese Sanbo Zen lineage, has been in Zen training for 25 years and is still a beginner. He is dedicated to core Zen training—clarifying our essential nature to our own satisfaction, finding peace of mind, and living every moment of daily life, in freedom, love and responsiveness. He is the guiding teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe and an award-winning poet and writer.

We are not marketing these events to the public via any social media postings, although they are open to anyone interested.  Space is limited so we want you to have your spot reserved early.  Please email me your full name, email, phone number and time/location  you choose to attend. You will receive a confirmation email with the session(s) you have a secured spot for.  Spots will be filled on a first come, first served basis.  We have also created a waiting list, and would ask your courtesy to inform one of us if you are unable to attend. These sessions are donation based.  The suggested donation (dana, in Zen) is between $15-25 and goes directly to the teacher. Whatever you feel inclined to offer will be most welcomed.

I met Henry in Santa Fe, New Mexico at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center. I was attending my first Zen sesshin with dear friend and teacher, Luke Wientzen. It was my first extended Zen sitting and neither of us had any clue of what to expect. I went in very open to the experience with few anticipations. Meditation was nothing new to me, although the Zen approach I only had a basic grasp on. I was profoundly struck by the kindness of the sangha, the light heartedness of Henry and the depth at which he could articulate these teachings in the simplest of ways. I tried my hardest not to get swept off of my feet, lost in the excitement of something new, which I have the tendency to do. As much as I tried to navigate it with caution, the Zen Way was too penetrating and Henry’s radiance seeped into my pores. Upon leaving Mountain Cloud and returning home my practice of mediation was completely transformed and I feel so honored to have him as a teacher. Zen is about doing nothing and doing everything all at once. It is not interested in the contemplation of an awakened state but the experience and integration of it into daily life. That is what Henry brings to his teachings and what has been imbued into my life.


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