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The work of buddhas — buddha activity — is realizing intimacy and liberation in conversation together with all beings. In this series of meetings we will contemplate what it is to fully engage with such an activity. Everyone is welcome to come, study, and realize this work together with all beings.

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we've repeatedly have meetings here
over and over
and we've repeatedly sit here and walk here and talk here

there's quite a bit of repetition in our life together our practice life and i also repeat
was different ways i say same thing over and over
tonight while we were sitting i said something like
buddha activity is living in stillness and silence
living and stillness and silence is buddha activity

that's offered
as a conversation as conversation pieces
it's also like setting the table
for conversation
and you're welcome to put more things on the table to when you do
now in addition to that i would offer some more conversation pieces which again i've said before that for me zen is buddha activity
and then is
not a thing
it's a practice
and it's not a practice which is a thing by itself
independent of the rest of the universe
the boot activity then activity is
supported by all things
but activity is supported by everything and buddha activity supports everything

and everything is put her activity everything's engaged in supporting everything and being supported by everything

realizing this activity

is a process
it's a relationship
which liberates all beings
and it liberates them from everything
and for example it liberates beings from the idea that they can do things by themselves
and that other people can too
many people think that
and some people think that but don't believe it
many people think that and believe it
and that is what boot activity liberates the belief that we are living independent of each other
and we don't support each other and we're not so
we're not supporting each other
to not believe that and to believe and not believing that is what buddha activity freezes

buddha activity is our essence
and our function
it's both what we are
and hot and what we're doing
so our essence is that we are nothing more
then the support of everything that's not us and we are nothing more than supporting everything that's not us
that's our essence but that's also our activity or
our activity i think it's kind of funny that are activity is actually
a activity of receiving
we are we are in the process all the time of receiving the support of all beings to be all beings support like this
and each of us is it is a unique example of being supported by all things and see you can be unique example of supporting all things so yeah so are
that's our activity is we receiving support and our activity is we're giving support and that simultaneously are what we are
we are an activity

and once again that activity deliberates
everybody liberates us and everybody who supports us all our support when were liberated all our supporters are liberated
when were liberated
when i'm on our supporters are liberated were liberated
we liberated together
and we live together
and we act together
and so in these meetings here again it on above
literal level
it may be possible to see to perceive that when we come here we come here with the support of the other people in the group
i i i won't come here if you're not coming here but because you're coming here i come here
i come here because i'm supported by you and i come here to support you and
you come here to support me and to receive my support
that is that kind of obvious
can you perceive that
can you can you perceive that that you're coming here to support me
and then i come here to support you
it's like you ever perception of that
that's okay
what's hard to perceive is that you're doing that with not just the people in this room on tuesday night
and in the fall may be on thursday night
but that's what does for you are all day long and i said also something like
boot activity is living in stillness and silence right now
that's true but what i didn't say
just not to talk too much which i'll say now it's living
in stillness and silence right now and also throughout all time
it's now and throughout the entire past and the entire future
so were coming here and we're supporting each other to sit and we're supporting each other to confers
and that's
that's that's some conversation pieces

yes darling
know more about
he says worms
is your life

i'm here now
so that
an ash
but before you hurt hear more from me you had something to say didn't do so in you said some stuff right such sagan that last part about what support might mean
jamie right
how can agree i have a presence with so i'm so it's not supported by businesses is good some a whole although death goes back then that is a broader my and
understanding whatever america is when it has robbed a pm
step in the her narrow as a hard effort certain at here in fruit improvement
a accepting what you you you accepting in a way that you can perceive for accepting of what you can perceive as being presented to you
that is an opportunity for you to
in a in the realm you can perceive
what's going on
in the ram you can proceed but also beyond it too
and that is what is what status was for years
oh support support is in a kind of its kind of like partly what you can perceive like i said i gave the example that maybe you can perceive that you come here to support me he had the thought i'd like to support him you have the thought i'd like to support jeff
and christiane and would have those thoughts you can perceive those thoughts and you can say yes i want to pay i want to support them
i want to support them
particularly i wanted support them and being free and at peace i'm here to do that and i perceived that that that's what i want to do and also they're supporting me
and there are sustaining me soon you sit down hell
help help we're helping each other where i'm giving each other life
we're guiding each other
we're supporting each other in all the ways that make the world the way it really is and the way it really is is like supporting each other
a question
see it as a this is class yes
tell you that him year
keep coming together
but when wings expanded our class
last year or lives for was consciously choosing to help each other as she
it is a true peace through the a lot of different mean for e-readers into relieves all from his past because each year jericho all humor such papers see backwards he a neutral rating this difference for chez
as usual remember
helping with consciously reference section whole yes donald trump's terrorist supporting me in
i'm adjusted the most extreme example yeah so i've still had a hard time getting to where are they more or less for those channels
i'd like to deal with the word inter dependence
in two parts one part is
that you can you can force you have perceptions of interdependence
and but as other kinds of interdependence which i think you can perhaps hundred you could be open to other kinds of interdependence that you can't see
yeah and i've seen first
practicing for bet but i
don't see them soon what she told that trust trust
so anyway i'm just i'm just pointing out that you're taught you brought up he said i think you said something like i can see interdependence
interrelated you can kinda see that and when i'm saying what i'm saying what you can see is part of interdependence
but interdependence isn't just what you can see it's it's it's much more expensive than what what we can see
right over
well you might not
you might be able to perceive it by perceiving a conversation with me so you can maybe six sixty in the middle of a conversation with me you might be able to see like i'm having a conversation and then in the midst of the conversation you might see but not with your eyes you may
see that of course i cannot see
the totality of interdependence so i can see how grab comes here and i guess i have a perception of how he supports me and i come here to support him i have a perception of that that's the inner relationship right that we have
and they were talking along and suddenly in the middle of the conversation you you see some other aspect of the interrelationship which you didn't see before
no were like for example you might you might see that i did some things to support you like you know like maybe every or maybe i reminded i saw barbara jo someplace in berkeley and i reminded her
of the class and then she reminded you and you had forgotten
and that's a way that were interrelated that you didn't know about
and then you and then you come to know it and some other people and some other people maybe helped you get here in ways that you don't understand and then and then you do
like sometimes we find out that people are helping us
in ways that we don't know about it in it you know we we we wake up to that
oh i thought i thought i saw all the all the forces that were helping me get here now i see that there were other things that i didn't know about that we're also helping
so your understanding of what's going into supporting you grows but not just grows but you can tell by inference by inference
that that might be the case
almost all the time that things are going on that you that our support to you that you cannot perceive at the moment
that's one thing the other thing is that i'm actually ship not shifting i'm also
in i'm having a conversation with you
and you're having a conversation with me to help me and everybody else get new perspectives on what's going on so for example into a relationship for you doesn't necessarily mean supporting
and support doesn't mean that to support always makes you
it's going to call it makes you under somebody who has got no problems
so if i have problems like
like i do if i have problems
i'm saying that my problematic situation
is thanks to you
now you might say well that that's that's in a relationship but does not support but i'm saying i'm calling it support
that you're supporting me to be a person
who has the opportunity to partake of and practice buddha activity
good activity isn't the way you all support me
and i support you and you support each other such that we have no problems
it's so that whatever problems we have
we are free
because everybody supports us to have our problems
so it doesn't mean i won't get cancer or i don't know have other challenging difficult things in my life or that people won't yeah make it difficult for me or make me not sure how to proceed but i'm saying that all my problems are also
oh me having problems me being a person who's having problems that person is supporting all of you
so again
you seem to it's kind of easy for you to say or he comes here to support us but you don't necessarily think he comes with his problems and sip to support us and his problems are part of him which support us
and i come here to support him and i have problems and my problems are part of my support of him and the way we with our problems are supporting each other liberates us with are getting rid of our problems
but support doesn't mean helping us to have no problems it means when we see the support or the interrelationship which you could use both words into relationship and support to realize liberating activity lib
rating activity which frees us so that we can be at peace and live injustice
so it isn't just into relationship
re-enter relationship is one of the key factors that will support us in becoming free
and everybody's helping us with that and retraining to sort like
converse with that teaching
yes i'm i'm interested in gets question

say so
not necessarily have that
no don't experience that but act so i'm just by
a lot of faith
going to set lot of faith to over here for second or down here can so
were you talking about something before we talked about the faith a lot of hold on much
thank you say about the yes that day
and you to understand them aren't you say do you say that i say a lot of things and you don't understand them okay
and occasionally i might say something that you do understand
that might happen right right oh i understand that might happen
but boot activity will not be understood by me
and by the way guess who else won't understand
yeah so it's not it were my talking actually is buddha activity and so is yours
and if you're talking and i think you understood i understand you're fine but that doesn't i'm not understanding boot activity and but i met by understanding
i might think i understand you and i might understand your some limited perceptible version a boot activity that your dash ki that you're giving to me buddha activity is understood by our conversation by our relationship
that's what understands it the way you know this is by acting it out which is what we're doing here
but doesn't you can you can't get ahold of the conversation and neither can i
i can be an number that you say understand
well it when i say it when i say understand your question it and you're questioning it k the questioning is not you
the questioning well even if you keep it to yourself and don't tell me you're questioning the question in is in relationship to me and to this the questioning is a key ingredient in the conversation a conversation with no questioning is an unfulfilled to come the
conversation has not yet become mature and genuine genuine conversation ask questions is open to question is being questioned
that process of questioning realizes bot activity
the process of people the word real the word realize me both actualized and understand understood so for example i often use understanding tango do you understand tango
yeah but i'm good how do you understand him
how would show me how you understand tango
no not not so much how you're able to that let's put that aside your second
what is your understanding of tango
people together
he upset that's an understanding that you have okay
is that the realization of tango
yeah so
i'm not saying you don't understand tango the work but i i don't say you don't understand tiger about what you just said that and you have certain understanding of it road that's what so i used the word realization which includes understanding the people who are dancing may not
realize tango
but when they realized tank where they also understand it
so when you realize boot activity you also understand it so again the understand the the understanding and the activity are oftentimes split
but there's there's a realization of the dance and the understanding of the dance they can be united or that can be understanding which doesn't have realization that's not such why the word realization you can say unto you can say you don't understand me but you could also say which you haven't said yet
you taught all do you say all that stuff and i don't realize you
you can say that
and ah
don't mean i can say okay but i i would say you don't realize me you don't
no person realizes me he including me what really what realized me his my relationship with you that's what realizes me
i don't get to realize me and i don't get to realize you i don't get to realize both activity no person realizes border activity but the all of us in relationship to others in the whole hearted conversation with lots of questions
and problems and not trying to get away from them but plunging into the conversation with them all that realizes that understands and actualized us
and that's where the faith comes in as you might
you might believe that the that there's such an understanding what such a thing as booed activity which is not something that somebody die as does by himself
and even the buddha's don't do it by themselves they do it together with other buddhas and what are buddha's buddhist aren't something about them or by themselves again there are supported by everybody and they support so the way we really are is that
were supported by everything and supporting everything and also that the understanding of that comes through conversation
with other people were just like us and also uniquely different
preciously different
how do i
no no i know and i i do not what would you say you do you mean a person you know
i'm a mouthpiece and a mouthpiece for a conversation
i'm a servant of a conversation and the conversation i'm a servant of i'm a turban a good activity i worked for boot activity
my job
and i'm that my question i'm doing
but i don't i don't do the commerce eight i don't do the conversation by myself so i don't realize
what i'm talking about
how did you ever hundred
do you want to do on a decision thing
what's not
there's nothing that's not good activity however there is the thing which is buddha activity which is you know
rejecting it
but rejecting it
yeah it is it is buddha activity and a form of rejecting it which is buddha activity in the form of misery fear
and then maybe even
taking it on another people that's good activity to
but if you realize that as booed activity
beings are liberated from that from that disbelief and not harm in that fear without getting rid of it borders the
buddhists do not get rid of the of the people who are resisting buddha
they don't get rid of the people who do not believe that there are supported by other people
they do not a buddhists do not boot activity does not get rid of all the frightened people
but activity does not annihilate or even dent violent people
it liberates them from fear and violence without doing anything to them
and and then freedom as realized and then there's no more harm or violence
and that sort of work
you know it's not so much i believe that but that's what i'm betting on in his life
and i don't see i don't kidding a
and i i'm my face is getting stronger yes linda

you say

and i think he agrees with that
a one
one famous place that that said is in the story of in the mahayana story a buddha waking up but as all now i see
ask me now i am awakened together with all beings and that means not just humans
the whole earth boots as statement in the zam tradition bought a supposedly had that realization
and then also another story is that at the time of that realization

at the time of that realization would also saw that all sentient beings have this
the wisdom of the buddhist and the virtues of the buddhists in other words the virtues of the boot is all beings are involved in this book activity also they saw that but they also saw that although they're involved in the boot activity because they have attachments
they don't realize it


and i asked me
i see like is there
you have a
oh no he insists
then i was just thinking months
oh that making on
gloves and starvation diet
aidan in february while we're here
and yeah oh yeah they are liberated and and and they and they don't put they don't think that they think they are attached to what they think's going on and it and if they are attached what they going on they don't see
see the tape if if there if you're attached to what you're going on what would you what you're thinking than you do not realize that you're a buddhist wisdom and if people mozambique are attached to what they think they don't they don't realize that they are buddha's wisdom but they do and you do that you both do and if either if
people who are in the middle of catastrophes
and disasters if they hold onto their ideas they will not realize their buddha virtues
but if people are sitting in a pleasant situation and they're holding on is the same for them

that's quite a single pass
they have
they are buddhist wisdom and virtues and you're saying they don't think they have buddhist wisdom and virtues and i'm saying
well if i think i'm dying
and i'm in berkley if i think i'm dying and nine berkeley if i think i it if i think i'm miserable and i'm in berkley if i think i'm mouth if i think i'm mistreated treated i'm in berkeley or if i think i'm healthy and i'm in berkeley and if i think i'm happy and i'm in berkley if i hold onto any of that stuff

i do not understand that i fully possessed the wisdom of the buddha's in berkeley if i'm happy
or if i'm miserable either case if i hold on
to my idea of what's going on i cannot i close the door
to what so which is right
i i fully possessed the virtues of the buddha's
and if i'm yeah and if you move me to some other part of the world and i'm happy there and i attached to it
that attachment closes the door on this teaching and if i'm miserable in some other part of the world and i attached to that that attachment closes a door
it may be that some people in the middle of some catastrophes
do not attach to what they think is going on
don't it happens sometimes and then the door of liberation opens for them in the middle of a catastrophe
and as some people say you don't have to be in a catastrophe to stop holding on to what you think's going on it's not necessary
you can in a pleasant situation stop that looked like all of that
but again if if you're an unpleasant situation like this class is this unpleasant situation
if you if we hold onto what we think's going on
then we don't realize what the buddha told us is that we fully possessed the virtues of the buddha where in the virtues of the buddha's that they're doing this work boys telling us everybody's doing this work
is doing this work floods are doing this work trees are doing this work the earth is doing everything's doing this work this buddha work
but if we cling
do our ideas
we don't we don't get it so buddhist sees us being this way and buddha says they don't get it because are holding on to what they think going on however that's not the end of the story because put it in teaches what to do with these clings buddha teaches that have a commerce
station about them
let people question you about them be opened to like i open open up a little bit to the possibility that what you think going on might not be so
yes patrick
will they
talking about liberation last year last week will say sobbing why don't we are
practice to liberate unconscious
and that reminded me of are either
go here the whole paragraph a office go ahead give those paragraph how
the faith have all the earth stay of good ways cell stem cells to forget to stop you forget yourself is to be actualized by myriad days
a and to be actualized by the myriad things is to drop off body and mind of self and others
that's when joey was talking about that would be a hobby that enumeration of consciousness that you're talking about and hello
sanders's later though it says he said if you correctly transmit who are in our your you are need your original south so the idea of
this the frame cautious this or via the liberation
that also seller interests same as original self and kind of really interesting i haven't know i have to go a graph of original self we're talking about how common phenomena you reach the gulf and how contact with for hour
cannot said current she and like and i'm wondering if
our region nature operational cell changes seem like it certainly might key
well no of those are wonderful questions as groucho your mark says
and basically you know
like i could say yes to everything you said
and also say originals of the original self i would say
doesn't change but then i would say right in the middle of not a changing there is changing

i think barry to are going gonna do very long time ago barry bannan barry
oh my are masterwork chess early
and it's got the world the interaction or you down i understand that matter of us this is this things the stands for liberation would you remind me about that word later as
it's a matter of scale when it use when i think you will
and bad the same of so when we liberating all means how hard is that extent that it hasn't has made to the other patents and universe by their visas are fatter still good activity or interested in a the earth
i am
the there's no there's no there's no limit there's no limit to r relationships
in a for example if you've heard of the sun
have you heard of the sun
this is with it so english word applying to a star that is kind of
keeps us warm
if we don't exclude the sun from this process the sun is supporting us
do we support the sun so yes we do
there's no limit to this relation to we're talking about everything
and there's no need for buddha activity to
no there's no limit to this and
part of the reason for this scale being encouraged or brought up is because is to help us not think that this he goes to consciousness is gonna do the job
it's like we're talking about something that obviously this little consciousness is not gonna be able to pull off this isn't going to be able to save all beings through our time and space we're talking about opening this little consciousness where were so tend to be stuck and afraid
and not getting rid of it but opening it up to a conversation that liberated now i said to word liberation but the liberation isn't the whole point
the the activity which liberates is the whole point
it's not just liberation it's liberating liberation is pretty good but liberating is you could say much better than liberated because liberating liberating is there with when winners not liberating
when people are like saying i don't want to be liberated leave me alone liberating which says okay good
but that's what than than prince edward your your willingness to not liberate me that was all darn yeah you're liberated me
there is no limits
accepted the mind constructs them but we don't just we don't disrespect the these mental a constructed limits we respect them we practice kindness to them we honor them we don't believe them we don't have to believe them but we're gonna believe m unless we're kind to them so the buddha teach
jesus how to deal with the limits which we grasp and how to deal with the grasping which we grasp how to relate to this in such a way that not only are our beings liberated but we get to do this wonderful work of liberating
deliberate the being liberates great but there's also this activity of liberating which is greater and is there even when beings aren't liberated because some people are like putting their foot down to say no no no no no no
but deliberating goes on even though they resisted yes is something
after inauguration
is there something after liberation yeah well or you could say yes after or you could say
that that the process of liberation has no end so you can say there isn't really and after because there's no end to it so in some sensors know after liberation or before liberation but people construct before and after like before
sort of before liberation is what we call the loaded people right but also after liberation is what we call it alerted people to
not if there's no before after this process but again if we think there's a before
we can work with that we can talk with that we can have a conversation with this is doubly this whole room is like before liberation his whole room is like before great enlightenment okay fine we can we can talk about that
but and the conversation with you this has been this situation here is before enlightenment the conversation with that is buddha activity
which is much greater than enlightenment and not enlightenment
good afternoon before but activity before buddha and also buddha activity after buddha the oh yeah
there's no again this
the fun does not know anything about so as far as i know before and after
that's why we keep it around
because it's like you know reminds us that before and after the construction made by humans
maybe dogs are picking it up to add or no
maybe some other primates got this before and after
maybe they do and never will let them do that but lot of other beings who got this idea of before and after the human beings got rid of those people quite
no thousands of years ago could we didn't want them around anymore
so we're like clogging the the delusion from some delusions were hogging because we've gotten rid of the other people other beings who had those delusions
so we're like where the before and after people
but there's not really before and after it's a bot construction but again and enter and were were harassed by that before and after were tormented by before and after it's a big problem for us but again i'm not saying get rid of it or i'm saying rich let's let's be very respectful of before and after somebody says
i want to talk to you about something that happened before okay let's talk about him
so i'm thinking about the location or
silence yeah that's what happened to our
i would activity list
yeah not on was where it is there is an opposition
i would say that boot activity is occurring is living i said it boot activities living and stillness and silence
no it says that stillness tells you something about boot activity
and buddha activity tells you something about illness and other words stillness has activity in it
you the what's the opposite of
you know the opposite of stillness i think his movement
and the opposite of of silences you know sound or talk
no conversation is not the opposite of silence conversation lives the conversation i'm talking about lives in silence
and also
so the conversation lives in silence and living in silence is the conversation the mature conversation is living in silence
so right now in this conversation
remembering stone silence helps the conversation
a full and genuine
because the congress that the conversation is occurring in silence and stillness

you're not getting it
i'm trying to get it is okay is not remembering stillness
the conversation is not trying to get the conversation it's an activity that's not trying to get an activity
the com this this boot activity conversations occurring in stillness
it's it's not going someplace are trying to get anything
letting sound be sound
his generosity
is stillness
his silence silence let's sound be sound

yeah give you that this is the commerce the conversation is bringing light
bug bringing light but also light his life to
so they the conversation of the buddha's is occurring and silence put the the buddha's called shockey a mooney the mooney means silent one the buddhist silent
and then put a talks all the time
in that silence
and the buddha making gestures in stillness but these gestures like going someplace the there and they're they're not like the buddha's doing this the buddha's demonstrating how all beings are animating the buddha and vice versa is demonstrating
this activity
i think mitt was the was it was doing your hand handle before did not get call them yes
you want to ask an old one or new one
okay go ahead
the idea that i personally responsible its name
oh they only idea
know how i got very less square
excuse me could i could i said i thought i heard you say the idea that i'm not personally responsible for making things better
i do mean that you're not personally responsible all by yourself that what you mean yeah because you are personally responsible
you're personally responsible for making not too much the world better but to make the world to realize peace in this world you are personally responsible for that
i'm asking you to do that okay you're being called you have a responsibility to make the world a peaceful harmonious place but not by yourself
no you can't do anything by so you can even i'm not asking you to make the world more
more hostile and disturbed either i'm not asking you do that i am i am asking you i'm requesting that you work for peace and i'm saying to you got is your responsibility and
that part clear but also you're not making the world worse all by yourself either but i'm not asking you to do that part but if you ever did anything which seemed to make things less harmonious i'm saying you did not do that by yourself hi
i helped you
and i fear the if you ever do anything that seems to bother berry berry can say and rebs responsible for that
and and i will say yes i share the responsibility of you talking to him in a way that he didn't think was cool
a you're responsible to
and and i
but if you ever if you do anything that contributes to berries peace and freedom
he didn't do that by yourself amanda and i helped you
but you're still responsible
for everything with everybody is the guy down the street also responsible yeah
the guy on the streets responsible to however i do not walk up to him and say that
i know i only say it to you because you're here and you you're supporting me to say this to you
i couldn't say this to you if you weren't supporting me and the guide on the streets supporting me too but if i see him you want support me this senate to damn about the situation i'm going to keep quiet to him but if he asked me what are you doing in this neighborhood i might say well i
can have you heard of the yoga room
and it's and he says know what is it and then i tell him about it and then as a conversation goes on i might
mentioned to him that he's responsible for everything
but it'll you know might take awhile
this is this is a kind of like this is if excuse the expression this his teachings for big kids
it's not teaching for children i don't tell my granddaughter this i don't tell her that she's respond for everything because her mother would
her mother would not be happy because if i told her she might pass out
if i actually told her how responsible she was a guy
i told this story about getting my grandson the bike ride
so if you tell children words as sometimes it's they don't get it but sometimes it's okay because is right or off and and think you're a silly old old person but some stuff you know i i wouldn't tell them but i'm telling you
i'm telling his some teachings for
people who are growing up which is teaching like compounded phenomenon unstable
buddha activity is the process of liberating beings from suffering and suffering comes from adhering to are
what we think is so has truth and so on i'm telling you that kind of stuff and you seem to be doing quite well and your questions don't mean you're not doing well it means you aren't doing well so please ask keep asking questions and i i see tyler and jeff
yes but haley had a camera a long time ago so now i'm hayley you remember your question or your comment yes
and i heard it or

way if i think i know what you're talking now but go in top
i am
somebody said something to be quite interesting word
more than interesting in houston but a month ago i was talking about
remembering stillness and silence and person came to talk to me and she said i grew up in a home where i was told to sit still and shut up
and i said that's know what i'm talking about
i'm not saying
be still or don't move
i'm not telling you to not move which i used to do
i'm telling you to remember stillness it's already it's already the case that in every moment you are what you are and you're not anything else but that you never are slightest bit different from the way you are
making you the way you are and nothing can move that
and then the whole universe changes the whole universe changes and you change with it into the next thing which is not moving
and nothing can move it
but when anything changes you change with it and it changes with you and then we have another immovable being so it's not that to make yourself still
it's that we sit here and practice remembering stillness and one of the wage where your members to illness is to sit here for half an hour
we sit here for half an hour we're constantly changing for the whole half an hour each moment as it were different and each moment we're still and we get a chance to remember that not to make us so i can make me still
and all but all of you can make me still you all of you and your friends the sun and moon all that makes me be what i am and i can remember that and i can receive that
and i can practice that and i can transmit that
and so can you and in that remembrance there's a great activity
which is already there but if you forget the stillness your off has a football your offsides you're someplace else you're not we're supposed to be like somebody came in a song you know it's a gift to be simple it's a gift to be free it's a gift to come down where you ought to be you ought to be here that's where you're free
but it's a it's a training challenge to be here
to remember that up that you are here remembering that you are here is like remembering stillness
and if you remember that you get to discover what's going on there which is the whole universe is coming to beat you and your made in no universe right where you are right now in stillness but you don't make yourself where you are and you don't make yourself still but we practice sitting quietly and kind of still
as a ceremony to wake up to this to open to this and that's the faith thing
you believe that it's good to sit here for a while and you do and then have to you do you think well love was good
like i i come in come over here i sit down and think this has been at the very well should i sit down after about two seconds like this has really good
i'm so happy to be here i'm so happy to be here happen in which can be called berkeley or the yoga room but really i'm happy to be here and when i'm over in green gulch and i sit down as yeah it's nice to be here
nice that it thanks for coming and being here with me it's great
it's worth the trip
which is kind of hard to like remember stillness sometimes on the trip over
not impossible but
i don't mean sometimes on the trip over ago yeah it's great to beer
but when i get here almost every time we're committed
so i believe that i believe and still in remembering stillness and when i remember it i think yeah
but i don't know what it is however
our relationship know it's what it is our relationship realizes it and and again we can partly perceive
how our relationship realizes that because we because we're here we're here and if we weren't here we wouldn't be here none of you come over here and sit in this room while by yourself or maybe some of you do if you can wear beards that by yourself marty know you could but you don't
but if you came his room and and somebody came in said okay let's say we would
but anyway don't even you don't even come into the order by yourself
we don't do anything by yourself that's thinking that i can do something by myself is the definition of delusion one of the doesn't want a dog in definitions of illusion to think that you can raise your hand and smile that's delusion yes


i think about anything
a nice or saturday
no you can't
and that's yeah yeah
yeah yeah you can
at last week at gringotts like lot of paperwork saying he asked me how can i remember this i tell them about this thing this buddha to how can i remember it and i told them that they actually at the welcome center in green gulch they sell these little devices which would clip onto your your hip and then you'll be able to remember
but i've never been able to find them
we cannot make ourselves remember the great teachings however when you say them when you think them when you tell other people about them when you listen to them and you think yes your whole body and mind
and becomes more
likely to remember
so we're in a process that we cannot make happen but we're in the process of making it happen
you know i cannot make this conversation happen
you cannot make this conversation happened but we are doing the conversation together and the conversation is changing us
and if we had a different conversation
which were not having but if we were going to have a conversation where we're like blaming other people for the problems in the world that we're not responsible for if we had conversations like that that would make us remember that the other people are the problem
you know not not us or that were responsible for some things but not responsible for everybody i'm just responsible for some people
if we when you think like that that next she remembered that that's the truth when you think about the dharma and you think yes and what a joy in thank you very much that transform your body and mind and makes you a person who remembers more so i have this great job where i'm telling people that stuff
over and over so
every time i tell him i remember at that moment right
and remembering at that moment and being happy to share this teaching transformed me into
i'm remembering organism
so the more you speak english the more you speak english and even though your brain is changing constantly and i usually get older you have a different brain so the way you speak english changes but still if he keeps being it it transforms you and if you keep saying the dharma and keep having conversations you stay
in the flow as your body changes
and if you talk about other things like it's your fault not mine and you believe it it's not a joke like i just said that that was a joke and the joke of it transformed me into somebody who remembers that a joke that you're responsible and i'm not that's a joke
and i'll say it again it's a joke and therefore if i ever think that i can go home funny boy
i almost believe that
like i said one time it was so beautiful i almost forgot to change
a silly boy but again when were silly if we're compassionate to r silliness we can get the joke if we're mean to the still silliness it makes it hard to see how silly we are
like i did that all by myself
and everybody goes oh yeah you did and why i say how silly i am
are you did that and i didn't i not responsible
and if you're all like ago yeah rub you're so sweet than i recall
how silly i am to say that i'm sorry
but if your mean to me than i get defensive and closed the door and seeing how silly i am but you're not mean to me so i get to see how silly i am but it's not a terrible thing it's funny that i'm silly
because i'm not really silly i'm just
being silly
can i see it so not really facility if if when you see you're selling
but to be civilian and thinks it does your being but mr truth that's even more silly but you don't get it
what do you feel sorry for you and you wake up because all the compassion is making wake up to how rigid you are believing it you know what's going on
okay i you're looking at your watch and i and i don't mind because it is
it is done to stop and again what can i say i'm so grateful to for this conversation this conversation
he is boot activity on not a control you are not in control we're not even in control but it's happening
and the more we do it the more remember
the mall remember to surrender to this boot away