On June 4, 2014, Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman sat down for an engaging conversation at the Mountain Cloud Zen Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico on “Going Back to the Source.”

Their dialogue covers : Eastern and Western thought, the great doubt, dismantling of knowing, ancient greeks and buddhism, zen and classical philosophy, seeing with clarity, humanist enlightenment in the west, roots of being human, Zen’s transitional phase, like mindedness, sharing an identity with everything that lives, and releasing our reactivity. In their view, we arrive at the single source from many paths.

IN THIS CLIP Stephen and Henry talk about “… Philosophy and the essence of Zen …” … Henry captures this in the simple, yet profound words of Master Sosan: “All you do in this practice is discard opinions.”

Stephen Batchelor is a contemporary Buddhist teacher and writer, best known for his secular or agnostic approach to Buddhism. Stephen considers Buddhism to be a constantly evolving culture of awakening rather than a religious system based on immutable dogmas and beliefs.

Henry Shukman is head teacher at Mountain Cloud Zen Center

The video “Going Back to the Source : A conversation with Stephen Batchelor and Henry Shukman” is Produced by Chris Hebard, Filmed by Luke Fitch (Altitude FX) and is presented by Stillness Speaks in association with Tricycle and Mountain Cloud Zen Center. Video copyright holder is StillnessSpeaks.

Above, entire italicized text is excerpted from Mountain Cloud Zen Center’s YouTube channel.

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