Published on Jun 4, 2017Henry Shukman (a Sanbo Zen teacher) shares his thoughts on Shakyamuni Buddha’s pre-awakening journey as he finally resolved, his burning question: “Who is it that lives?”

This short-video clip is from an upcoming full length feature film on a conversation between Henry Shukman and Chris Hebard about Zen and more.

This clip and the upcoming film is a Stillness Speaks production (https://www.stillnessspeaks.com) in association with Mountain Cloud Zen Center. It is produced by Chris Hebard (Pruett Media : http://www.pruettmedia.com/) and Henry Shukman (Mountain Cloud Zen Center : https://www.mountaincloud.org/). Filmographer (including video editing) is Jonathan Mugford (jonathan.mugford@gmail.com).

Video clip copyright holder is Stillness Speaks & Pruett Media LLC, and it is freely made available to Mountain Cloud Zen Center.

Knowing is the way of the ‘EGO’ we all aim to prove ourselves through not knowing.

Not knowing is not the art of not knowing but instead the mindset of being the student. Embrace the truth the best minds in life have always known.


Published on Dec 21, 2016

Presentation given in Nov 2016 at Kingsbury Hall in Salt Lake City, Utah at the World Parliament on Spirituality 2016.

In this meeting Rupert explores the perennial non-dual understanding that lies at the heart of all the great religious and spiritual traditions such as Advaita Vedanta, Mahayana and Dzogchen Buddhism, Mystical Christianity, Sufism, Zen etc., as well as the western philosophical tradition of Parmenides, Plotinus and many others, and which is also the direct, ever-present reality of our own intimate experience. This is a contemporary, experiential approach involving silent meditation, guided meditation and dialogue, and requires no affiliation to any particular religious or spiritual tradition. All that is required is an interest in the essential nature of experience and in the longing for love, peace and happiness around which most of our lives revolve.

Part 1 – Talk and questions – 116 minutes Listen to talk Here

Part 2 – More questions – 88 minutes Listen Talk Here

Doctor Carl Jung, a Swedish psychiatrist who lived between 1875 and 1961, was the founder of Analytic Psychiatry.  This school of thought within the field of psychology, was the major contributor to a better, more integral understanding of human beings, the mechanics of our destiny, and  the interactions we have with our different dimensions of reality.

For Jung, our psyche is formed by the aggregation of patterns and human experiences inherited by our ancestors through the line of time.  While time seems linear, these inherited patterns are non-linear, and Jung gave them the name of  ”archetypes”.  Our central archetype contains all the symbols and experiences of reality that enable us to practice and interact with our immediate world.  These symbols are sensorial complements that connect thoughts to emotions and memories.  Together, they compose what we call Psychic Determinism.

Mankind, through its evolutionary process, has lost its natural contact with nature, which is the biggest symbol of connection with this planet.  Despite this present state of reality, there is nothing that can detach an incarnated human soul from the scope of experiences and lessons to be learned on this plane of existence.  The reason for this atavic link is an intrinsic relationship between all elements of nature, on a greater grid of life.  Once these sacred links were honored through ancient rites of passage, and ceremonies that celebrated the seasons of change and transformations.  These also resembled the rhythms and cycles of nature.

Nevertheless, we still feel the need to become whole again, and intrinsically connected with our origins and with the Oneness of Earth – to finally renew our true essence through reintegration.  According to Jung, the compelling feeling that drives us to the common human intention of reintegration with Nature patterns, and intimacy with its elements and beings, comes from an identity crisis that generally starts in the second half of life.  He called this life passage, or phase, the Individuation Process.  To represent this process, Joseph Campbell (1) developed the Myth of the Hero Journey, which is based upon the un-conscientious movement of our psyche that impels us toward self-development and self-realization, which ultimately is the liberation of our higher and central archetype, the SELF. The SELF intimately understands all possible scopes of experiences that induce us to abandon all the social facets of world interaction, and enter the introspective universe of inner realities.  According to Jungian analysis, the development of a human personality is both prospective and teleological, which means that it is the result of our expectations for the future, complemented by the experiences we developed from our past.  This development is accompanied by countless passages and elements, since we are constantly invited by our essence to change the gears in our lives, and even in our personal personas, because the roles we play in life are in a perpetual state of renewal and transformation.  To change means to let go of certain certainties, and enter the unknown territory of internal alchemical transformation.
In the Hero Journey, the traveler is a solitary being, because he has the control in his life and gets used to making hard decisions. He suffers, learns and renews himself many times – it is necessary for him to realize his path of reintegration with grace and serenity.  He is certain that the journey will be rewarded with the reaching of his personal goals, and with the ultimate reality of what it is, for the traveler, his Paradise.

The reality is that no one can grow while still attached to one’s comfort zone.  Without this shift, a soul cannot grow, cannot mature, and cannot travel through the dimensions of the inner world.  They will eventually enter a psychic stagnation, get sick, and disappear without even the slightest dawning of the first steps of self-realization.  The necessity for growth is inherent in human nature, and it demands internal and spiritual work.  We are called to constantly re-evaluate ourselves within the perspective of life, our interactions with others, the actualization of our internal timing, and our progress in practicing mindfulness and non-attachment.

What is important is that the path of self-realization allows us to live in a richer reality, with more joy and self-awareness.  The Hero Journey is the ultimate reality for the soul that is working to reintegrate and ascend.

(1) Joseph Campbell (1904 – 1987) American scholar versed in Mythology and Religion. He dedicated his life to a deep analyzes of Carl Jung’s theories about the Human Mind and Spirit.

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How do we recognize error in our thinking? How can we enjoy the spiritual benefits of practicing our religion while not condemning the religion of others? These questions, and so much more, are addressed in the eighty-one commentaries included in this book. These commentaries refer to, but are independent of, the illuminating and compelling essay collection about Lao-tzu’s Tao Te Ching, as voiced in Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer.

Living “right,” according to the Tao, anticipates that we have both the understanding needed to make right choices and the knowledge to recognize the types of behavior that are important for us to change. However, of equal or greater significance to these skills are the feelings that drive our internal motivation at our center. Many of us need to learn the life lessons that keep popping up as issues in our lives. They keep resurfacing again and again until we finally recognize the lessons and actually learn them. We know we have really been learning our lessons when we notice that our intentions are genuinely beginning to change. Not learning them holds us hostage and keeps us repeating the same dumb behavior.

Each commentary has at least one labeled graphic that represents one or more aspect of the main idea of each section. The purpose of these graphics is to provide visualization for what otherwise might remain more abstract . We have absolutely no concept of how the connections we feel and know to be real actually come about, between ourselves and others, between us and the happenings of life, or between us and God. We often describe these feelings or experiences as resulting from some type of energy, but what might that really mean? Reflecting this unexplainable, invisible, but vital connection on the written page through symbolism provides our minds with a crutch to assist understanding and recall.

Although the illustrations as drawn may have little or no basis in the facts, as they are accepted today, or even as new discoveries may reveal, the understanding of the concepts that develop through their use helps us apply the “gems” that Lao-tzu speaks of in the Tao, to our lives.

With a modest upbringing and supportive parents, Daniel Frank completed his teacher training at the age of eighteen and started his nonstop forty-two-year teaching career the following year. He acquired his BA and BEd while working full time. In January of 1978, his interests led him to a course offered at the local secondary school based on the book How Should We Then Live? by Francis A. Schaeffer, a “theologian and philosopher . . . [with] forty years of intensive study of humanism and Christian truths” It stirred something within him to search for more answers to the question asked by the title of Schaeffer’s book. Although many of the authors he has read to date have contributed to the view of God he holds today, Dr. Wayne W. Dyer tops the list.

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