The Bodhisattva's Creativity and FreedomĀ 

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why you are sitting
i said something like
the creative mind love the objects it knows
and calmed down with them
and plays with them

contemplating the situation have a mind that loves what it knows
i think that this is a i think that this is a universal
observation which
i would say of course applies to the enlightening beings
because they
from the beginning of their career or wishing to
live a life of compassion for all
our beings they vowed to practice compassion towards everything they know everything they meet and they practice compassion for the benefit of all beings
but i think that this even for person hadn't ah
discovered this aspiration to be such an enlightening being still if they practice like an enlightening being
two great extent they would fall off some of the same principles in this case i think it would be true even if they didn't
aspire to love all beings
the beings that they did that they do love the the mind that that's loving some phenomena
com's down with those phenomena
bodhisattvas vow to love all phenomena and and therefore would also vowed to calm down with all phenomenon
and play with all phenomena

so i'm suggesting when i say when i say love i mean also compassion bodhisattvas
to practice compassion towards everything they know everything they're aware of

and when they are successful in the practice of compassion towards
what they're aware of the mind
wishes to
tranquility and
as part of this compassion
and relaxation
and compassionate relating play where i would say naturally start to develop

i i asked a question i thought of a question the question was
is it necessary
to be creative
in order to realize liberation
and the answer i gave myself was yes

but in part to of this course i mentioned something further and that is
that being creative is not the whole story of liberation
in in being kind and concentrated with what we're aware of and entering into
ah a playful relationship with what we're aware of we are we are being creative we are yes
and this creativity
is the door
or is a door to
the wisdom mind
the wisdom mind
ah is a further development of the mind of creativity to creative mind
because the creative mind
even before its
able to play with what it's trying to be creative with and again i would say
if we wish to be created but we are not yet com and playful with what we're working with were not yet been creative
but even always start to become and playful with what we know
we still
if we still see these things as objects
it's not yet wisdom
the wisdom mind
compassionate the bodies as of course the bodhisattvas wisdom mind is compassionate with all nose and it is playful with what it knows but it has no objects
it knows things
but the things it knows are not out in front of it
you could say it know as objects but it doesn't have any other words it knows objects are not objects
also known as objects are not subjects
it knows and a do away
and this wisdom bought this wisdom mind arises out of mind of creation
it's a fruit of playing with with
objects of knowledge
on tell the objects
are not objects anymore
and then the wisdom mine arises
the wisdom mind
if the mind of liberation
so as i said earlier
ah trust
which means trust compassion
trust compassion
trust compassion no matter what's happening
trust compassion towards
all the difficulties and insults
that may be offered to us
make not trust that we make no exceptions to compassion
and then
and then we are able to calm down deeply and also be compassionate towards our com in other words not a pet not hold onto our com
be generous with our com just like were generous with all of our other
and then we start to play and then we understand and then
we are liberated
or then there is when when we're when we trust compassion or when there is when when compassion is trusted
and then there can be relaxation
and com
and then there can be play and then there can be
understanding that does nothing out there being played with
that the play
is the play
up for example self and other but other is not an object of the self and the selfish and an object of other
self and other playing but there's no objects in the play
when the play first starts it looks like somebody's playing with something
but as the play intensifies in concentration after while there's just to play
there's just creation
so the mind of creativity enters creation and forgets itself and forgets
not exactly others cause it's the whole point is for the this whole processes for the welfare of others but it it forgets that others are out there
it forgets that others are objects it forgets that others are external in other words if forgets delusion and become the wisdom
what is it if play doesn't stop the the play of creativity play of creation continues it just there's no subjects separate from object there's nothing out in front of the wisdom mind
so that's the additional step
the mind of create the mind of creativity to create the creative mind can still have objects and and still be a creative mind which is wonderful
but it must
intensify the creative process
to the point or it doesn't have any external
ah playmates
and it's knives i keep playing with itself is just the play it's just another is none other than the playfulness of all beings
and then there's freedom
and then this freedom again continues to plunge into the realm of the objects
and and continue the play of the objects
and the subjects but now the objects are not external to the subjects
he's lori okay
she's lying down is she not feeling well


i i now as go just say something about them
the process of of the movement from
working with things while they still appear to be objects
to the point where that
externality of i we're working with is kind of purified
but before i do that any questions or comments on what have offered so far
step one
loving son
been similar practice
i'm encouraged by
but i'm fine
loving stop
is discrimination
ah yeah bullet even you're picking and choosing witches
pretty mad
really is calling out for love
that's a tough dude has a real tough when they're picking and choosing thing
no one could like say know if there's anything to hate that's it
because you know in zen we say the way is not difficult except for picking and choosing so like that's really a bad guy usually it's you
yeah but before you play with it you have to love it
to start playing with it before you love it is not recommended in this course
because sometimes you start playing with something
before you love it and then it pokes you in the nose
and you don't feel so playful anymore so then you switched to while you're gonna play being a mean guy do it now
my grandson one time had this idea there's a couple years ago there have been nice skip night at green gulch and he and another young boy was but his age will take we got there are going to stage of fight they're going to play like they're fighting
so they started fighting but button if than one of them punched the other one little harder than the other one thought was playful and it turned into an actual fight
and that the the spectators had to break them up
because they were they they thought they knew how to play and in a way they did but they didn't know how to be kind when somebody who you're playing with punches you in a face
so first before you play with this real tough dude called picking and choosing
and on not to mention enjoying picking and choosing before you start playing with him gotta be kind to him other words you've gotta be really are you like ready to say he welcome to anything he does
are you are you ready to like be really be careful of him and are you ready to be patient with all that he might do and all all that he might exclude including himself him being the picker and chooser are you ready for that
right and if you can love marriage is basically picking and choosing right
so if you can be compassionate towards the marriage situation
then you can come down with it
even when it's like picking and choosing
in a committed way
then you can come down with it when you come down with and then you can play with it
yeah so picking and choosing
is perfectly good example of something to be kind to to love
and again you can see you're gonna really be careful of picking and choosing picking and choosing can be the basis of basically the worst things that human beings ever do are based on picking and choosing
and also if you just set aside picking and choosing the best things human beings
do can happen so pick and choose the really deserves a lot of love and again with a lotta love you can really be calm and flexible with picking and choosing
and then you can start playing with it and then you can enter into wisdom and then
realized liberation with it and then teach other people who are like into picking and choosing how how to practice with them
and in the meantime while you're playing was it's still an object
love the fact that you're continuing to do this this this thing be patient with with it and have confidence hopefully and enthusiasm notepad
really been making sure
really keeping being honest with his part of ethics being honest about whether you're really being loving and whether they whether you're ready to play
because i think i think you you kind of
our kind of ready to play theoretically
with this sounds like that good but you should actually not start until you're really
confident that you're being loving
we have to really love before we can really play and then
we have we have to love before we can really be calm and again loving and been coming com we also
our loving towards the com which means we don't attached to it which even makes a deeper which makes us able to play with the com itself and whatever were commonly meeting and then we can like actually become free of picking and choosing for example which would really be great
but the way to freedom from it is not by like be mean to it
in a way you think you think you're not being mean to it cause you enjoy it but enjoying it doesn't guarantee not being mean to it
because if you're enjoying it what if somebody says okay hand over your picking and choosing
could you do it if you'd been kind to it insect fine
i was hoping somebody would ask me to give it away
even i was hoping somebody would ask me to give away the thing i enjoy doing best
thank you so much for give me opportunity at hand over my picking and choosing activity

well one of the distinctions between them is that love is forwards and compassion is quite a few i think it's like nine or ten
it's ten so compassion is longer than loved in a longer word
it's more clunky like the creative mind loves the objects of its compassion or
is compassionate towards them
objects in you as such one of the distinctions the other is that sometimes people use love for
or love for like
they use it they use it for the opposite of dislike
compassion not the opposite of dislike
compassion is not liking or disliking compassion is
a direct compassion treats like and dislike the same basically
damn yeah it's
it's kind to both like and dislike for as love is sometimes
means like for some people i liked that i love that so i don't mean to be provocative i just want to plum i'm trying to play with the word love
and see if you can use the word love
in a skillful way not intending to confuse people but also not avoiding that word
because of possible
difficulties compassion also as not avoiding things because of possible difficulty sign away
yeah there's loving kindness we sometimes say loving kindness than people don't so much confuse loving kindness with liking
but again loving kindness and little clunky
so i guess if i use the word love people ask me questions about what i mean and the weekend
remember to make to notice that doesn't mean like
okay so enough distinctions for you


yeah so in that case i don't mean loves what it knows like likes what it knows
no well it's it becomes come through through loving what it knows in other words if you know something and your compassionate to it you will you will become comfortable with it
comfortable in the sense that you will come down with it and cut when you're com with things even come with pain
there can be a comfort
with pain if you come with it but you become com with pain when your compassionate towards it in other words when you practice generosity and ethics and patients with pain you set up the possibility of now
calming down with it and relaxing with it
and still the pains there maybe pretty much just
i i say the pains their what i mean his new pains may be given to you
which might be more or less intense than the pain you are practicing with before
but now along with the pain is serenity and flexibility and joy and ease and clarity and openness
that comes with concentrating on necessarily on the pain or but with the pain but it could be also on the pain
so that makes sense
and then because are playing with the pain
but if you have pain as you know and you start playing with it or somebody else has pain and you start playing with it and does not relaxation and situation you can have all kinds of poll mental and physical muscles
so if somebody's in pain in their tents and you start playing with them it's
not necessarily good idea
knife there yeah but if they're in pain and the relaxed and you're in pain and you're relaxed or you're relaxed with their pain and you're and you're relaxed and flexible with your lack of pain it's possible for one person who's not feeling pain to dance with another person is peeling pain in my
both people are relaxed and concentrated than people together
can start playing with the pain
being creative with the pain and entering into wisdom with the bank
i see quite a bit of frowning going on
so again part of loving is being careful so if there's pain if you if there's pain here or there are in between
part of compassion has been careful and vigilant and gentle with the pain

play the suffering
they can

you can be dancing with the suffering partner who is able to realize that they're dancing with you he can also dance with the suffering partner who has not yet ready to dance
you can you can play with somebody who's not yet ready to play with you but you still should be careful with the way you play with them
so the entered in a respect their inability to play
even though
did you say yeah you definitely hurt
yeah you're loving their suffering
you can't play with them if you don't love you can't play with them if you don't love them you can't play with them who are suffering if you don't love them
but as possible that you would be
com with somebody else's suffering not just like their suffering and i don't care but you're intimately related with their suffering
and it's almost it could almost be as intense for you you could feel their pain almost as intensely as they do even though it's different
and you can relax with the pain you feel
so i think going on in there's a lot of cases like that were somebody sees somebody else's suffering and they actually feel the stuff they feel not thus suffering but they feel are suffering which is more intense than the other person feels because they care so much for the person
and that they relaxed with their own suffering in that person's presence
and they may be able to do that before the other person can relax with their suffering
the hope not the folk the the belief is that if we keep doing this they will eventually learn how to relax with their suffering but may take many many
dances before they sorta feel ready to start loving their suffering even though they're suffering could be less than yours
you can two kinds of suffering you could bring to the dance one is you could you could have a big illness which they don't have
you could have a severe painful illness plus you could also have the pain
that comes from you loving them
and seeing their pain
and so your pain could be actually quite a bit more intense i mean it could be the case that if they were suddenly plunked into your space they would faint from the pain
but you're actually quite experience with this and relaxed with it and you can play with it but they're not yet ready to play with rough road to relatively minor pain from your perspective
what can happen you know you can take one person and just like you know really put a lot of pain on him and they they can relax take another person and they can't relax with its with much less pain
but the person who can relax is ready to play with their own pain and then offer an example of how they worked with their own pain with the other person
but the other person still may not be ready to relax with their own so this person again part of their loving relationship is that they are careful and notice
that the person doesn't put and even ask you relax the press has no
you want to do you want to relax know you know
join a reject hardy field what is pain i would i want to get rid of it
so you don't feel like saying thank you know
and huge really you really feel love for this person so as why often use your grandchildren as example
like they might
sometimes they are ready to play with their pain and then and then sometimes they're not when they're not it's really good to be respectful of that and notice that they're not ready to play and then
they are
even though they still somewhat uncomfortable


yeah and we have you know we have the example of the founder of the buddhist tradition
he actually did have a actor enlightenment before enlightenment he was like
mr payne you know
he was like really into pain before enlightenment
he put himself in situation or extremely painful and then he said this is too much and he gave to give up this extreme pain thing there was doing and went to him crystal called middle way we started eating and wearing little bit of close
insult so after he became you know
sort of
functioning as the buddha and just
homily mentioning that he was perfectly enlightened if anybody wanted to know about what the teaching was he was available if they really wanted to hear he still had back problems and sometimes could not give his dharma talks
because he hadn't had to be reclining
and had some of the senior students give the talks for him
and also towards the end of his life as you know hebrew be sick and he
he was he was actually had physical pain
you know he he he had dysentery and and he looks like he got dysentery and was struggling with the dehydration and you know
a one point he said
to his attended or not ananda bring me some water bring me some of that water and ananda said
yeah yeah lord that water is really muddy
ananda bring me the water i want to drink the water it's muddy or to bring me the water
so he was uncomfortable but he was still the buddha kenny and he he did have a hard time while i think and but he ah now they're not you know
he was cheating just as as well as ever but he was obviously having quite a bit of pain how much it was i don't know it's hard to say but it could be more than
then now some of the other people who around him who were having trouble relaxing
with the pain they felt by looking at him
and he actually had to be very careful with his students to make sure they did not do something unkind to the person who gave him the food which seemed to have precipitated this dysentery or this
his illness because he did not want them to lose their patients with this person who hurt their teacher
about ten years ago idea
i fell off a bike and tech system went to the hospital and the
yeah it was a com compound it was a broke the femur and they broke the top of the femur to put up ride down it said the femur would can come back together and then name but some pens and in the name
that was it and i was somewhat uncomfortable after that
and i was i was in bed and people coming to visit me and there were saying it's and you know are you having a lot of pain i said well little bit
but you know it's not you know the person is having pain is down the hall
he can hear all the time
so when i hear her i think we know i i'm uncomfortable but
this is nothing compared to her
so actually yeah
he wasn't that bad
i can tell more stories about that but to any of the other questions
yes bill
along these lines yes sir

could it be something something something be not liberating
ah as matter of fact yes and that's the usual situation
non liberation is actually not real
if it was
well that would be it we just have to accept a bondage was reality and what how can we got how can we fight against reality but bondage is not reality
so when you realize that bondage is not reality there is bondage are non not liberation at the same time that deliberation
so and the buddhist sees how where and how were liberated at the same time that we don't see how were liberated
so the buddha can see that that that the situation is not liberated because people are not able to purchase appreciated at the same time in fact people are free
i mean the way we are actually together is free
and that can be realized because that's reality and we can become free of what's not real which is
suffering is not
ultimately real but it is conventionally real and so we respect it and in that sense sometimes we're not free and suffering
and the way to realize that even while we're not free
and suffering even while clinging and suffering
that's not reality is by being kind to the suffering
and calming down with the suffering and been created for to suffering and then entering into a relationship with his suffering isn't out there in front of us anymore nothing is and then were free of whatever
the freedom is always there
it just that unless the practice is fully evolved it's not it's not fully it's not realized
except by the people who are the beings who are doing the practice for they're right they're realizing it but they also
see that it's not been realized by some beings and then they're trying to love those beings and
play with those beings and get those beings to start playing with them so that
easter monday question
a monday in question when the question
violence finally somebody is asking a monday and question
all these super mundane questions it's enough for them finally a mundane one
was that your monday in question
i'm going to ask laurie how she's feeling
how are you feeling laurie
okay can you hear anything great
she's she's fine she's she's just she's just i think she said she's happy or lying down
anybody else wants to lie down and go ahead oh there's charlie with charlie that with the mundane questions
i might have done something that you
i press this thing here by accident
everything's ok
okay yes
are you prepared
are you studying

well since you asked
i've been thinking you know
and try not to be proud about it but i've been thinking about this for this class and lot of other classes that are going on right now i'm really enjoying
feeling like i'm you know i'm i'm i'm a living in this world of candlelight
ah it's like a world of turmoil of all the different possibilities of how i can come to this class or the other classes that i'm doing
and i i'm really feeling like not exactly that can being created by like like i'm pretty like i'm living in the middle of a very creative process
so i'm i'm and i i said i said the other night to a group of people who are in practice create a green gulch i said among my various embarrassments one of them is that i'm so fortunate to be able to be supported to think about these teachings a lot
it's partly because i had so many teaching venues each week at this time
that i i sort of him up because of that i'm supported to be like all day long today basically i was thinking about this class so one of the main ways i do it is like i'm just thinking about this classical all day long and i was thinking about a yesterday too and he i and i just feel so happy to be thinking about it and
trying to do the practices though i'm talking about
in a in a while i'm do the practices in relationship to the presentation of the teachings
and then i take some the notes and i tried take the notes and such a way that
it would be in all what it called bite-size kinds of notes so like tonight i i said some stuff but i didn't feel like was so much that i felt he could follow it
and katie's nodding her head and she's new to the class so it's great so i
i'm one of the main ways i prepares by thinking about it all the time
and then part of what i want to do as when i get here
sort of like find the class here resident in turns my notes
so i had these notes but i didn't look at the moment if you noticed by didn't look at them
but if you look at the notes they're pretty wild kind of
pretty wild notes they caught or kind of weird
they're all over the place
ike ike i'm fortunate that i cannot actually read you know
a paragraph a guy just can't do it i can't look away from your long enough to read a paragraph so i don't i almost never do i read a paragraph
in a class
if i had the ability to do that without losing contact i probably would try it but i i can't and the contact with is more important
but but i'm but again i've been thinking about all the all day long pretty much and i was thinking about when i'm driving over and and i i kind of look forward to thinking about it when i'm driving over
but i'm on my but i kind of take a little break after the class is over on the way back
and and part of the way i work with it is ice sense i saw you think about it all day long but that includes i think about taking breaks because taking breaks makes me more on
what's or more enthusiastic when i go back i take breaks and also taking breaks helps certain things that i'm doing sink in
such part of my process part of the creative process is to rest part of the creative process is not to keep thinking about something too long
just by momentum and to learn when to stop it and do something different
and to really give you the i e to really give the idea you would take a you know get to go the whole day with me
the first
yes michelle

that's right

you know

no is clear
and reminds me of when this baby girl was recently born
to my daughter
my wife went on to los angeles ahead of me and she kept saying you know describing the situation she kept saying unbelievable
and i said it's really unbelievable
and she said no it's awesome it's miraculous
you could say about the bodhisattvas unbelievable but really it's more like miraculous it's a merc it's a miracle that they can feel deep compassion for beings that when they don't see any
there's nobody out there and yet they feel compassion for this nobody out there how did the system kind of a miracle and their compassion is this really pure compassion because it's it's only for them it's not that it's not coming from the pain they feel from being separate from the being so they see
the beings but the beings aren't out there there's no being out there separate from them they don't have the pain that that we have from seeing people suffer from us they only have the pain from loving people who don't understand this yet
so they do feel pain when they see somebody who's not separate from them who doesn't understand they're not separate they really feel that pain and they
that pain they feel is their compassion
and that pain is the greatest joy that there is
and it's it's a miracle
so they don't feel the pain the fundamental pain of thinking that things are out there
external to us they don't have the pain of thing in the universe is external to them they don't have that pain they only have the pain of compassion
and that pain is a great joy and inspiration to them but it is a pain
and they really and they really do it
if it's an intolerable pain they cannot they cannot overlook it because they care so much for the beings who are not separate from them which makes them as they would
but still how that happens is kind of inconceivable
and they're teaching us how to get over that the pain that they've gotten over so we can have the pain of compassion for all beings and when we get over the pain of externality then week then we really can open to everybody
does that makes us somewhat
well i can start this other line of consideration then if there's no more questions which is
so even for the
even for the bodhisattva with this great vow and
and even for the bodyshop was really develop lots of compassion
and also for the beginning body sought but they have some kind of like
sense of what the comparing of what they're committed to they have some sense that the committed to the welfare of beings
they have some sense of the path
they have some vision of the path that they wished to to follow they have some vision of the great vehicle of the universal vehicle of living for the welfare of others they have some sense of the great work
some picture of it some vision of it and they use that vision to orient their effort
the orient their their practices of compassion
but again
for a long time the bodhisattva still are looking at their conscious construction
their their their image their idea
their vision their idea of of the pat their vision of the path is still somewhat dualistic
for a long time
so the the so the the practices
that they have a vision of which is not the practices but their vision of them they still do these practices but the more and more they do these practices that we've been talking about
the more concentrated they get in these practices the more you practice kindness the more you practice generosity and ethics and patients the more concentrated you become and the more concentrated you become more concentrated those practice has become into more concentrated your become
gradually you get ready to purify your your vision of the path
such a vision of the path
again is not out there separate from you and then you enter into the path your your vision of the path is purified of your idea of what you're doing
your vision of all the practices you're doing or purified of your idea of them
by doing the practices according to your idea
and also received in the teaching that you're doing the practice according to your idea and that this is not the actual practice
this is your idea of it but the more you do it
the more you become free of your idea of what you're doing
and again as as practice heats up and becomes more concentrated you move towards the realization of the
the path for the practice and in the realization of the path and the practice
the practitioner and the path are both realized in both purified so that not to things anymore

i think you know i think is one of the nice things about one of the wonderful things about english as we can change that
we can compassion you will you can go somebody right
if you can go go somebody who can compassion somebody
so weakest week is darkness now
we can start compassionate people
let's go compassion somebody now
so we we can do the english english allows that doesn't it yeah so we should have this gentle compassion eight compassion nate is an adjective is no
yeah we should have this compassion eight campaign
two compassion people and to be patient if people think we're weird and fight us and beat us up for saying compassion people
if any english teachers are offended we should be compassionate to them
but let's start let's start doing it let's let's do the same thing to compassion that we did to google
right google originally wasn't a verb was it
no but it became a work verb quite quickly didn't it
google is of noun and it's a verb compassion to noun and now now it's a verb
i'm not saying i'm not saying it was never before this because some people did try it but thanks to you now there's a whole bunch of people
the compassion movement
okay thank you steven
that was
i've been wanting to do that for quite a while to compassion things but i didn't dare thanks for your because of your suffering i'm now encouraged to compassion compassion everybody
i think so
and there's so many you know when i was editing know there's a there's a book now that's coming out published by rodale press called the third turning of the wheel
and we're working on this up
hundred on the text there were some words that that we we used and how one of the students a gringo or english
professor and so i look i looked up to some of the words in the book and they weren't in the dictionary and she pointed out that a lot of words that are perfectly good english words that aren't in the dictionary but english allows you to make words out of words
that aren't and the take a word that isn't the dictionary and you can
ah you can do something to it to make it another english word but it hasn't yet been putting the dictionary but it follows the rules of english
in some simple words that you probably already using are not in the dictionary but you if you've been using them and people are comfortable with them and then you look i'm a dictionary you're not in there but then if you ask the english teachers say what is not the dictionary by disappeared is it is
an english word
you can do that this you can do that to this word this in the dictionary
but somehow they haven't put him in there yet
are there any
what thank you for asking you mean like for example are there any in this room
anywhere well you know ah i not this isn't a cop out but as i mentioned a green gulch recently there are scriptures where the buddha humbly mentions that only buddhists can see who the bodhisattvas are

especially the advanced ones
and then than one of the people who was in the audience one of the senior students said well then then teacher it would make sense than to treat everyone
as though they were a body starts because they might be and he said yes that's right

how are we supposed to app

what fortunate fortunately we have ten minutes left in his class like i can answer your question
think trolley asked me how i prefer visit class i think quite a bit about how there are innumerable bodhisattvas highly developed bodhisattvas present in our life right now but we can't see them
i think about that is nice after that i believe it but i believe it enough that i think about a lot now there's another meaning a bodhisattva sad a bodhisattva isn't necessarily a person
it's a way a be so that you can cease sometimes sometimes you can you can you may be split you can see a is sought foot in the neighborhood of a person because of the way of persons acting
that a person acts you can say the persons acting like a bodhisattva or the the bodhi the enlightened being the being enlightenment seems to be expressed by what the person doing so an ordinary human being who ah
is maybe not well established in this bodhisattva way of being in fact for a moment it looks like
it looks like that somebody saatva that's not an understanding of hub there can be boys thought is that a person can act as though they didn't think that other people were outside them
if you didn't think people were external to you you would be able to do various miraculous things
you know like you'd be able to love everybody if you if you didn't think that people were separate from you
he look like you're doing some heavy thinking over there




they found that he gave a sunday afternoon in a miraculous way without really being a police officer the you know coming a relationship whoever was going on and if he or she wherever he's not there
doesn't speak by to what's wrong here
kind of interesting
how am i recently we think people
miraculous ways without any preparation or know probably happen
did you say you did you say you don't think people can act in a miraculous way without preparation

very road
not for other

may i was getting
the miracle the miracle i was talking about was that somebody could do this thing which might look heroic
but davis but the but the being that's there is also not thinking of of of their do what they're doing
yeah and they don't actually at them they don't and they do it even though in this case they do it even though they don't see anybody out there separate from them
and that that is the bodhisattva is that you do heroic things for other beings who you don't think are other
that's that's the bodhisattva
and then you could say are there any is there any being like that or that can in in this room and i'm and i'm saying well in a sense that's that could maybe get could happen to one of us and and the word preparations one word but causes and conditions could come together that
one that that kind of thing could happen sword in relationship to or to a human
but it could also happen not as not as a human
in this in his room there could be like that very event you're you're speaking of could happen this room but if it doesn't sort of connect with a human being we often would miss it
because we're really concerned that humans can't usually do that
and part of what attracted a lot attracted many of us to practice was examples of humans who acted who are able to act in a way that one could act not only if they cared for others first but even above that that they care for others
without thinking that others were separate that's the super miracle because
when we care for others compassionately but think they're separate
our our compassionate activity for their welfare will be undermined by the belief that they're separate
so part of this training is not just too
try to remember
to focus on the welfare of others but also understand that until we understand that others are not out there our this this effort i'm speaking of will be a struggle
and will be somewhat hindered and the main hindrance of it once you're once you're into practicing compassion the main hindrance of compassion at that point is thinking that the objects of your compassion are separate
and so the sought is not just an a
it's not just a compassionate being a bodhisattva bodhisattvas a why is being they not only are devoted to the welfare of everybody but they understand that nobody's out there
so that the miracle is how they could be devoted to beings who are not out there for them because they don't really so that's that's kind of america you can see that that sometimes it's called the mahayana miracle by certain people because they don't see anybody out there and yet to go right ahead and are devoted to the beings who
we're we're not out there
and then they and then they see miracles all the time
but not they don't see any different than you do they just see everything you do if if they will lose they were looking at what you're looking at through your eyes they were just see everything as a miracle
even suffering as a miracle
however they feel compassion for suffering and they don't feel compassion for happiness
our for you know for free don't feel compassion for freedom from suffering but freedom from suffering they see as a miracle
and suffering they see as a miracle they see everything is a miracle which makes them
unhindered in their devotion to beings
and to really see a body sought for
this is ken sort of sorry to say this in a way to really see a bodhisattva
you have to not see objects
because the bodhisattvas are not separate from you
they're not out there and they're not borisov present are external to us and buddhas are not external to us
so if we understand that than we than we would be able to see board bodhisattvas
but we wouldn't see them as objects were just know them we would know that function
thank you for your question

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