Henry Shukman is a poet, writer, and Associate Zen Master who lives in New Mexico where he teaches at Mountain Cloud Zen Center. He has published eight books to date of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction. He writes regularly for Tricycle, The New York Times, and other publications. In this episode, Eric and Henry discuss his beautifully written book, One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir.
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In This Interview, Henry Shukman and I discuss Paths of Spiritual Awakening and…
- His book, One Blade of Grass: Finding the Old Road of the Heart, a Zen Memoir
- How to work with the 3 poisons that we all have: Greed, Ill Will, Delusion
- Opening up to pain (rather than turning away from it) so that we can heal
- His experience with dysthymia
- The awakening experiences he has had in his life
- Learning how to be with his pain and wounds in order to heal
- A major myth of meditation
- How he knew he was ready to work with a spiritual teacher
- His realization that awakening experiences are doorways and we must then step onto the paths they open up to in order to continue our spiritual growth
- The value of community in spiritual growth
- The trouble with thinking you have to do things alone
- Discovering for ourselves the deep experience of the ordinary moments of our lives
- The wisdom of cherishing the normal and finding beauty in ordinary things
- Poetry as the practice of paying very close attention to things
- The different levels of love
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