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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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so i've been saying over and over for a while i pray
that the great assembly remembers stillness
and remembers silence
longtime guy i used to save supply sometimes said in meditation situations i sometimes said be still
but i've my understanding is change
you know that that that thing
but now i think if you push it all the way maybe to the top it'll stop
all way the top
thank you
so now my understanding is that
stillness is the case stillness is is what's going on
already we don't make it
we don't do it and same with silence
and i'm i i mentioned this to prayer in texas earlier this year
praying that people would remember
stillness and remember silence
and i also say receive it because although it's already here
it needs to be received
if you don't receive it even though it's right in front of you
you might not realize it and then practices and transmitted
so anyway i said this in texas
remember stillness and somebody came to me you said you
when i was in a member she said in my home

she said something like
something like
being silent means shut up
and think still means like don't know
don't move said i'm i'm not time it's not too much something you do some you remember
you'd stillness is not something we do by that i do by myself stillness is what i'm doing with everybody
what i'm doing with everybody doesn't move
what i'm doing with everybody is silence
i also talk with people who support them but the silence is what i'm doing with everybody stillness what we're doing together
and this series of classes called boot activity it's the same with boot activity i pray that we remember boot activity
it isn't that i do buddha activity or you do by buddha activity we do karma
in our karmic consciousness
things are happening and it might be that understood that i'm doing those things where i'm not doing those things and somebody else's join us at some things that's our karmic consciousness
put activity is a process that were involved in together which is liberation from that karmic point of view
which had comic point of view of i'm doing this and i'm doing that and i'm saying this and i'm saying that and i'm thinking this and i'm thinking that that's the karmic world
good activity is liberating ourselves and others
from that world hurt in that world from that world and by that world
if we're not free of that world then
yeah then were caught by are thinking were caught by it were caught by what we think so the boot activities already the case to slink stillness has already the case were already in the process now
where where we want to be we want to to be living in peace that's where we are already wanna be living in harmony that's where we are already however if we he
we get involved in our discriminations than we might think that peace is something other than this
peace is something other than what i'm thinking
peace is something other than my opinions
but me right here right now with my opinions
in reality i'm at peace with everyone and in harmony
but that's not my that's not that's not what i just said but when i just said is in peace and harmony with everybody else but if i believe five or five if i think that piece of something others in this situation
including everybody
then it's kind of like i'm not where i want to be
if that song if there's a shaker shown 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

so another way to say this is that this buddha activity is of course buddha's wisdom but his wisdom liberate beings so that they can live in peace
buddha's wisdom sees that were in peace and phrases from our karmic consciousness which might think that peace is something other than this that we should go someplace else if every want peace not here right now in berkeley in this room
with everybody in cars outside this room
generally speaking or ashes it often people are trapped in the view that peace is something other than this
peace is is is living in transcendence of our history
of all this on skillful and skillful things we've ever done
ordinarily people seem to think that they're trapped in their history
and sometimes having a really hard time with their history
whole nations are suffering feeling trapped in their history
at the very moment are feeling trapped in our history we are free of our history

it doesn't mean that we should deny that we feel trapped in our history
it's just that we should understand that freedom from our history is exactly the same as being trapped in our history they're not to things
that's not mine makes it
his where the the historical transcendence pudding is proved
is it is proved the proof of historical transcendence is in historical accountability
when you're free
of history
you're accountable for history your ear you're willing to be accountable and your willingness to be accountable demonstrates that you're free of it
not willing to be accountable for it shows you don't show as you think that freedom is something different than
your history
you you almost got that are moving a quick

accountability or maybe the same as ways so i live with my
yes that's true but more than that
historical accountability is
his historical transcendence
what means it means you're going to have conversations about history
it means you're willing to be called to account
for your history and your people's history
when you're free you're you're you're up for that
when you're at peace you're up for disgusting all the wars in hostilities
but you're discussing it in the context of being free of them
the kind of
that your car
no freedom in annoying that you're accountable and not that they're gone right but also at peace with them being at peace with hostility is it includes being accountable for hostility
but usually people think hostility is something separate from peace but there's always hostility in the middle of peace and there's always peace in the middle of hostility
how about hostility in your hostel
the other is hassan
the herself
to knowledge that happen in hey ernie
the com
and then discuss that way
yeah ben
in that's piece
so no
if you felt if not feeling a piece is not a feeling
you will have a range of feelings
whatever that is let's say you got a range of feelings or or what's being proposed here is an activity to free you from your feelings without getting rid of them so you can be at peace with them not getting rid of them so being free being at peace doesn't necessarily feel like one your feet
legs is more like being able to be completely there with it with everybody and so you were talking about experiencing someone else being hostile towards you so you have your work to do there with that and they have their work
to do a of being able to be questioned and held accountable for people thinking that they're aggressive or hostile
and if they were if they realized it they had realized peace the proof of it the proof of it would be that they would be available for a lot of discussions about their aggressive behavior and and they you know the proof of it would not be to be aggressive when ca
questioned about their aggression the proof of it would be that they're like a cut their like mr accountable hey i'm mister accountable
look i'm accountable for everything you think i've done and everything i think i've done
and then also accountable to help you be accountable for everything you've done because that's where with that's reality we are accountable to each other when we realize that we realize peace
and the proof that was realize peace is that we're willing to do that
let's say you
anyway guy is not so
when you said earlier
sunday are rare
if they're not willing to they're already at peace however they can't prove it unless they're willing to be accountable
for all for everything including not peace people were already free of our history
we want peace means we're free of our history we've got history and it's vexing us is harassing us it's afflicting us we are afflicted by a terrible history aren't we we have all this terrible history horrible history
and it's not about denying it
it's about being accountable with it with other people and of other people are not willing to be accountable with me
then i can't prove piece i mean we can't prove peace if much are mutually accountable so for now okay the teaching is were at peace with each other but anybody
anybody who doesn't want to be accountable
in a way makes it not proved but when were actually willing to be accountable we have this amazing realization of peace which you heard stories about these people who have these horrible histories and they're like
allowing them there's tell me letting people know that they're willing to be accountable
right the these terrible torture things have happened
and if one of these guys who was tortured was asked about it was during the time when they were giving what are they call it amnesty right to some of these torturers huh
yeah but also they're giving people amnesty
the torturers are giving them amnesty
and one of the people who tortured met one of his torturers and and as interviewers as well which what your deal with this is i've forgive him
cause he's accountable
if he wasn't accountable like we wouldn't be able to have piece together but because he's accountable and i'm of to
we can be at peace we can realize peace the peace is already there
the problem we have is being accountable for our history for our
for our consciousness where we have trouble being accountable for it that's why we have to have conversations to find out is there any place where are the places where we don't want to be accountable
for our history which is our karma which is our mind a comic mind
and but the context is not like we're going to make this piece it's already here
the buddhas are telling us it's already here you're already living at it it's what's going on right now we don't have to go someplace else to have this conversation we can have the conversation right here and realize and what we do we realize that peace is here now
justin justin an atom
that's it
the sidewalk racism
historical responsibility just are differentiated guilt and responsibility
just three difference between
i think that responsibility not exactly a difference but you're responsible for what you're guilty of if you did something you're responsible for the responsibility part is where deliberations living
it's like reconciliation is is is a responsible response to ah
to the situation telling the truth about what you did it you know admitting this is what i think i did and then being responsible for it means having a conversation
how about it and at conversation where other people can hold you responsible for the quality of the conversation which is now your new karma that you're responsible for
is a well timed shots
the your
is it lie your new our co-workers soccer or we have or egyptian slave people
our know why did you see our work not for yeah i was
gamers are awestruck of instruments creating conditions
i would say individually i'm free to the extent that i'm that i'm open to being accountable if i'm not willing to be accountable to an egyptian slave owners or american slave owners if i'm not going to be accountable for that
then i'm saying i don't really i don't believe i'm free i'm not verify my freedom
if you limit if you limit your the deal
the buddhas are telling us you already have buddha's wisdom which is similar to saying you already don't have any horizon on your responsibility
they already don't have any limits on your responsibility already there's nothing has happened in the history of the planet that you are not responsible for
all that stuff is what makes us
and what makes us were responsible for not that we did it
but that
it can't happen without us and we can't happen without us what we are is the history of the universe in all these different ways so we are infinitely unlimited lee responsible and we have a hard time accepting that that's what we're trying to do is is to learn how to accept that
if you've fully accepted you're fully realize peace and then you can show other people who are also having a hard time accepting responsibility you can show them how to accept responsibility
yes it seems a shame the innards

i don't think that necessarily listening to shame as the opposite of shame
i don't think but i don't think that listening to shame is the opposite of shame
i'm just tell you you said the opposite and and now i'm telling you what i'm now maybe i should say the thing to do with shame is to listen to it
that's what that's what the buddhists do when they made shame they listened to it as a bodhisattva as are learning to do custom shame my job my responsibility is to listen to as a shame if it's your shame i listened to it if as my shame i listened to it by listening to the shame
the shame takes off his mask
and shows you what it is
which is it shows you the truth
now it looks like an obstruction to the truth
but if you treat obstructions to the truth properly they take off their mask and show you what you thought they were obstructing and when you see the truth you see peace
seeing the truth and buddha dharma is peace and harmony the buddhas are
they're they're joyful because they seen until a wonderful truth which liberates them from suffering and liberate them from any resistance to being devoted to the welfare of beings
like no be no limits to what you'll give and know them as to who you give it to
total political transcendence
which goes with total willingness to be immersed in all kinds of politics
and show people that no matter what the political situation you can listen to it and you can look at it with compassion and you're and you're happy to do so because when you look at it with tis full listening
you get to hear the liberating truth
so any obstruction including shame is an opportunity for compassion which is not the opposite of the shame it's what the shames calling for change thing
compassion your history thank you may come back
and when the compassion comes there will be freed him from the history which is already there
because we don't want allow the compassion we don't see the freedom
and allow and allowing the compassion means allow yourself to be responsible for the situation that's part of compassion
why he said you're a liar
i yeah sounds like

i have my time
when did you think that when he yelled at you yeah
anyway you did respond i don't know utter nowhere to respond was but you did respond because you're responsible
and what he's asking for and he is
very painful and confused way i get i guess he's asking you for compassion but he says it in his other way he doesn't dare to say
would you please give me real compassion
isn't there so it doesn't say that way yeah
we have a well
he's a say
he said
when i was anger
when really it's has a etc i was too high
hip hip
when somebody yells at me peace is right here but i want to be someplace else because they don't think this is peace
so then it seems like pieces here
but when i when i want to be somewhere else pieces right there when i don't think this is peace pieces right there
that's what the buddha's teaching but the bourassa says because of attachments to what we think pieces and misconceptions of what's going on we don't realize that peace is already here we don't realize that we're in a process of liberation

even though we are so we don't have to go some pleasure do anything to be in the process liberation we just have to like
give up discriminating
and the proof of giving up discriminating is that we're willing to be accountable for discrimination
the demonstrate that were not attached
by working with whatever it is that we're not attached to
is it
after a reputation

she was telling me how
they were right
possibly it is he
my response right away

i am here and then the answer
this makes
i will be actively
if if if they see us to feel that their attack that she is protecting yourself with
that piece that i couldn't understand her healing meditation things are true it can be married and now when is on somebody out i here
i can ease and see how it has a reputation but when i experienced myself
it's a feeling
bad things about that map
it's not who i am
you're not somebody who wants people to think bad things have you
a lot of people like that
it's part of i'm kind of social animal stuff that we're we know we understand that when people think bad things about us it's kind of dangerous
like they might kick us out of the group or something if they think bad things about us and that's not a safe situation can be excluded from the group so we're afraid of are also being afraid of being excluded from the group to protects us
so wanted to protect ourselves and protect other people
that's so you know that's fine
and he also wanted to protect our reputations fine too
but again what i'm what attracted me to sand was somebody who
you know just basically listened when his when if reputation was being trashed
and responded with compassion to up
two people who are trashing his reputation and then people were like elevating his reputation
and he treated them situation just the same
he was free of the ups and downs of reputation i don't think he wanted his reputation to get trashed
but i also don't think he wanted his reputation to be uplifted
i think what it wanted was to be able to meet the trashing of his reputation in the same way that he would meet the enhancement and promotion of his reputation that's what i think he wanted to do and he was able to do it and that's what i
i want to do and that's what i'm trying to to learn but that doesn't exclude
feeling bad about my reputation getting trashed so in that story if when his reputation was bidding trashed if that felt the same to him as one who was being elevated to me that wasn't wouldn't be as interesting a story
more interesting that kind of hurts when people yell at you and spit in your face and stuff him and to be able to treat that the same as when they're gently stroking you that's what i want to learn and other words freedom from the ups and downs of life which are going to happen
and wanting to protect ourselves from it is fine but what i'd like to do is be free of one to protect myself and i'd also like to be free of wanting to protect you while i'm protecting you and if i'm free of wanting to protect you while i'm protect to you i will be a better protector
because what will be doing is something that really does protect us
which gives us peace as our body and mind are getting
going through changes up and down that's gonna happen what about peace and freedom with all that
that's the real protection and that can in that doesn't yeah and thought that holds up
two impermanence got a good reputation anybody here have a good reputation
there's anybody here have good reputation dj does okay no ej
the buddha the buddha has a message for you your good reputation is impermanent
doesn't mean you have a bad
it really does
also does anybody have a bad reputation
ej has one of those two
you're bad reputation is impermanent
our reputations are impermanent
and whatever are impermanent reputations are they're all opportunities for compassion
and if we if we accept the responsibility of compassion to our reputation and other people's
we entered as way we enter the process of liberating us not from a reputation and while liberating for from our reputation
the and also liberating us from our concern about a reputation
i don't know if
we all probably have some kind of reputation
and i don't exactly know what my reputation is but sometimes
there have been moments when people have
said something about me which is kind of like it would make a bad reputation like somebody said you are somebody confessed to me in public i just wanted to tell you that a dinner dinner before this class i told the people in the dining room that you're a crappy teacher
and i was to some laugh over there
some careful i laughed and that's what i came to send for and it wasn't a sarcastic laugh it was a happy laugh but i was really happy because it i was free of being called a crappy teacher
not if i actually thought i was a crappy teacher i would also like to be free of that and get that job too
now of course if i actually saw funny it wasn't as a country teacher i would be
very good teacher of zen not caught by
the my reputation of being a crap is and teacher
and there are those are the examples that drew me to zen
called crappy teachers who could like not sarcastically laugh but really see how funny it is this life and be at peace in it and free
while they have a really bad reputation for the moment
and then and then they have a better british
and then that's impermanence and they were better bit our reputations are going like this
everything is all these phenomena are at the same time
we're free of it all
we have to engage it to be free
it's kind of through a softball here i'm talking about i mean is an easy question by for you entered this way by talking about reputation because reputation is clearly won't think a workable think on us is doing ego centric thing you can easily
put his wisdom to kind of equanimity between be to have a good
i get a wrong impression that well whatever's happening it means look good at me and and it's all the same to us but we were in that story i told you
he wasn't saying it's all the same to us either so i said if it felt the same either way it wouldn't be such interesting story
i imagine that when these people attacked him and actually hurt him
it didn't feel it didn't feel it it didn't feel the same as the way people usually treated him as a
well respected monk i thought it would probably heard a little bit
it can really materially heard people yeah yeah and so it seemed like it and it
and and also can also yeah and also they gave him the baby
they said you take in they said when the baby comes you're going to take care of and they brought it to him
yeah and they gave him the baby of materially his life changed so now he had to know he and his responsibility was to accept his baby and with help to take care of her for two years so there was impact and that there was something and then and then they came back and took the baby back
back and he gave them a me back a dollar moyer who is now having a hard time for it now he last time i visited him up the street here he brought the story his for him to the great part of the story was that he took care of the baby and gave it back
but you know
but then when they praised him that's i think i had an impact to material and feeling and all that i would say the full range of human stuff
you can load it lightly her heavily who either case whatever the case i would like to be free so but i need training when i heard the story i thought that's totally cool but i can't always do that
i want to learn how
i didn't think this guy just have good luck
the market story was like this tournament that story is only focused on hawkins
freedom and wisdom and free or from subseries but it doesn't seem to care a bit about what's good for the baby just
well but he took care of the baby that was good for the baby
take the way away
it was no concern that was what was good i i don't know why you know what point i'm making it just popped up
the conversation can go into that now you're bringing it up so we can talk about that
so no story was hugging say well i wouldn't take care of the baby but do you think that's really the best situation for the baby could that could have been a more complicated answer i'm totally up for it but maybe the baby could stay with mom and i mean i can bring food or something to support her or maybe i could move in with the mom
you know
or later when they want to take away yeah
you know
yeah he he he yeah he he could have said that now and i could that could that story would have been pretty cool for me too
and i i am
a story came up which if i can just tell a brief version of it which is impossible
anyway it's a story and as it's site is cited in being upright and to story about a whooping crane
named tax i think if you look up techs in the index and so there is this
yeah there was this whooping crane that was born and it was born into a situation where there are trying to
get wouldn't cranes to reproduce because the the species as endangered so when they are trying to help them have more reproductive success and so they had a whooping crane in
are some kind of place like that in texas as why it was called tex
was born in texas and when it was born the first living being at saw was a male zoo keeper human
and so it imprinted on a male human and so they tried to made it with male whooping cranes but she was not interested
the the they did a great dance and on stuff and scanlon
when they get interested the egg descends and can be fertilized
and so but when she saw this guy she she was always very interested so when he he got the idea
of of up
doing the
the mating dance for her
i think he actually put on wings and stuff like that and he did the mating dance and she liked him
and she and he did it and she got she stood up and start dancing with them
is what they do that kind of watching who make get up minister dancing and in the process the egg descends and then it's usually fertilized by male genital activity but in this case she was are artificially inseminate it with mail
whooping crane sperm after she was aroused an egg came down she was artificially inseminate it and then transaction as is fertilized egg in her
and then after wild egg came out but i didn't survive
and i think he did this and i think they don't they don't have this opportunity very often like once a year they do this
and i think they did maybe two three times he did the dance three times in three times the they did the insemination and three times the egg came out and did and was not
ah by vital the think the shell was too thin or something like that
and then i think he took a year off and then and then he said okay this time i'm rarely do it
but but what he's going to do is
he move in with her
he actually like moved into her her housing and in slept slept next to her
so he did the dance she was disseminated and then after she was and he lived with her
and he you know he's he's he's a writer so he would sit in her little living area and he would read typing and provide that while she's like resting or whatever
but she needed emotional support from him
and he gave it to her
he lived through the whole the whole inpatient period
and and the head came out and it was a healthy egg and the baby was delivered and now
the that's called accountability as responsibility that's what it takes to verify

then how does he make it right away

well yeah so again we didn't hear that she was caught on having anxiety attacks when he wasn't around
so ah
but i think that that was part of her karma is that one part of it is good karma because by pretty printing out a human you have the person around for quite a few years whereas if we don't i don't know what happens if you imprint on a on a whooping crane and then you made a male woven korea i don't think that they necessarily stay
they like mate for life
it's just that because she and pronoun humans whooping cranes didn't turn her on but doesn't mean that she was that she was having problems
in her relationship with whooping cranes
it just as she was having problems with the reproductive part
only only excited by humans so i don't know what her life was like i i don't know she had a second and third offspring i don't know the rest of the story
yeah but he did i was asked
no matter
standard issue it would be the same like
read any level
yeah this particular person
it turns up this is his profession so he he does stay with his ongoing his ongoing really working with whooping cranes so he's probably around her whole life in a neighbor
and yeah and
and i think
the buddha activity of the relationship of him and and the whooping crane it includes that he's an impermanent thing in her life and she's an impermanent thing in his life and they have a they're trying to have a peaceful relationship and i think the proof of the putting up their peace
for relationship was the egg survived but it took a lot of work for them to for her to really be at peace they had to really be in close conversation for her to be you know in her guts to be at peace
just because she liked him but she in order to be really a peace he had been really be intimate with her
and so intimacy of as another word we use right
we have to be intimate with hostility in order to realize pace

i don't know of another way and we have trouble being intimate with hostility doesn't mean that that you can't say to the hostility
i need you to i need you to be quiet i need you to be respectful
i need to you use your to caught your indoor voice
doesn't mean you don't ask for gifts but it means that you're you're doing it
in a compassionate way and it might be helpful to understand before you start this practice that you're already the situation
our peace and you don't make peace because that contradicts piece that you're going to make it
cause you might want to make up this way but she might want to make it that way
that's not how we make peace with make peace pipe
being compassionate with what we've got and then we disk buddha discovered peace he didn't make peace he found it
he said i i discovered it i discovered nirvana i found nirvana
it was already here is it wasn't it wasn't like not there and then he came along and there was nirvana if it was there
from beginning this time but activity is beginning last an endless and discoverable and it's discoverable in a trans historical way and it's proved historically
the discover is proved in history even though it's
peace is trans historical because it means we transcend all the main things that those people have done to us
we're not stuck in all the main things that songs or did with us and because we're not stuck even though they've been mean to us for aeons
we can be at peace with them because we'd rather have peace than revenge
event we've got a lot of reasons for revenge
and also by the way people have breezes for advantage towards us to
come lot of that stuff how about peace well
it's already here available for discovery
but we have to listen to everything with compassion if we exclude something
the door to peace temporarily temporarily close it's not permanently because it's actually sitting right behind the door that we just closed it's it's already here we're in the family now are ready but if we close the door on the family it's
like we're not in the family
hi last time
one of the most lasting

when did that happen
last week hit it happened in history
historical verification
idea that what
so basically now the other he said your address

the huge
for me so that i'll get it
embarrassed and then after i give you the answer you'll forget it and i won't get
and i will viagra aggravation
similar king was yeah
now can't get anything out of any
well well
something about immensely
a anything
shame and you're sitting there saying
so if i don't have anything have a situation this i'm not mistaken
and i see what our part of justice a
a practitioner
and yet he was right
well greatest way to second on that girl ask question and just mentioned that sometimes one example of doing something without trying to get something is somebody says to you hey you and you call like this
somebody says hey you and you go through
you heard you heard it in your head turned and you weren't trying to get anything
so we do to part of our life is like that
if if you
if you are
see if you if you see to injustice as soon as you see it
at that very moment
the injustice is calling for compassion
and at that very moment
your respond with compassion
however you might not notice it
but your ears bonding with compassion and that's what to ask him for
pardon i've been thinking about that do then you know about you do that my then after peace
no did that the thing that called you was calling for something and you gave it it got what it called for
so it's also included because it it called you for something and you gave it
it wasn't it isn't just a you feel good that you gave what was called for you don't even notice it necessarily
sometimes i ask you for something and you give it to me and you don't know that you gave me what i asked for but you did
but you might think oh he asked me something and i gave it you might think that and you might not think and when i gave it i wasn't trying to get anything in he just ask for it and i gave it and i wasn't i didn't have time i gave us so fast i didn't have time to think about getting anything for it
enquiry or request and response come up together not this than this they come up together that's the world we're living in really that's the world buddha is telling us about you when when injustice arises is calling for compassion
is coming up credit that moment
and understanding that is giving the injustice exactly what is asking for his asking for company is asking for compassion and right there the justice is free but that doesn't mean it isn't call again
because it wants more maybe more freedom and more more compassion for the call the call for and just for justice his kind of like justice
the fact that we're all calling for justice is kind of part of justice
and also the fact that we're listening to the call is part of justice but as the two together and the fact that they include each other that is the fullness of justice
but to try to get something is knocking yourself out of the process i just described
it is alienating yourself from what the actual you're being asked for something and you go
the to
to go someplace or get something you miss it
but passionately who wears a patch
love to
is that are climate s are you
you actually world
the reaction
this training on
do you see it if i if i say geoff please listen to me and you listen to me do you think that's a country and action
yes i see someone who does the second a mystery
you think it's easy i people seem to have a real hard time doing it
but the
but the series our enemy but if somebody's sorry been arrested whatever it is
question is what about action on my hearing workers hall justice pressing the fish share
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okay so what i'm doing i will now issue a warning caution okay what i said before was if somebody is
being beaten the first thing i'd do is i observed the beating
because they're asking me for compassion
the person is being beaten this is asking me for compassion
the warning is to think about something beyond the observing distracts me from the
the miraculous process that's already going on which is that somebody is asking me actually in this case there's two people in this story somebody's beating somebody else both of these people are calling for compassion
that's what i'm saying if i give both of them compassion
which they're asking for
right then and there a miracle of healing reconciliation and freedom can occur
it doesn't mean that our freedom will not be enacted in the next moment
by some other action
it's just that if you if if when somebody asked me for something and i'm listening if i thinking what else should i do besides listen i miss the moment of healing
that's the warning
and if somebody's beating somebody else and i'm right there
then in the next moment i will also be right there and in the next moment i will i will and my body will be in some posture
and the next moment but in that moment the first moment i will be observing a person and if i really there i'm not thinking of getting anything changed at that moment but they do feel heard and i somebody used to tell me their her her problems
and when she told me her problems i would come up with something i would come up with something to do to fix her problems and she did not want that
and i do that over and over and all the things i thought to do to help her were really brilliant
i knew what can i knew her problem and i knew what to do to help her and i kept offering these things and there were all rejected
finally i realized that she wanted me to listen to the weather report and then after that may be somebody i could say something
and you can once that happens you are then empowered maybe to say
what can ask a question or whatever or to reach out and give some would you like some water or christ could you could you back of you produce people separated bit there
actions do follow but the best action the most helpful action in the next moment will follow from not missing this moment and in this moment the first thing is you're picking up the information of the situation which looks like this person's being mean to that person and
i want and there but okay and are both asking for compassion and if i give both of them compassion i will be in the best possible position to help both of them
to protect both of them from harm that's what i believe
and yeah and i can give you infinite examples but that that's the basic print that's the principle
well i like it says
some time us
trish said sometimes we get involved in in protracted effort to address some harmonix aina it isn't in the moment when deciding same as when we separated from it may be something that takes weeks or months so
this is way think about it so tell me
i would say ice for example i see this problem children being separate
one case
and there

i will try to
do it in a spirit to as much as possible spirits service in love not get something from my eagle i will get something for the little girl
but not for my ego and then i also know i might not work so i can have both detachment or go for my you know at the same time
i'm just saying
that in the work you're involved in i'm saying you will be more successful if you let go of trying to get anything and you're also your energy will be more refreshed and renewed even if i'm not
i get anything for the child with them
not trying to get anything
you're trying to realize peace and harmony for this child when to try to realize peace and see it as something to get it steps away from these because pieces or here
the buddhist way is called the way of peace and on this one of our famous stories is
a teacher such as a student students says teacher watch the way the teacher says everyday minus way
or like helping children you know the to be protected
making children safe as though is is the way
and then the monks as what should i am out and he says if you aim at it you go away from it so if you want to help this child aim at it go away from it because you don't know it is to help this child if you think you know what it is and you turned towards it you go away from what it is the one the way the way of peace
and then and then he says will if i don't aim for it how do i know if i'm doing it or not and he just says knowing that you're doing it is delusion and not knowing is like big spaced out
so you're you're devoted to this welfare of this person you want you want her to be at peace and safe and happy and healthy if you make that into getting something it doesn't mean you're still not helpful if she if she if she knows your
doing this work and you're trying to kiss something she's still feels your love with your love is being
misdirected by the idea of trying to gauge something
you brought up yucky states of consciousness and aeration recent nasty states of consciousness and or reason some other people product states have
psychedelic space
and we had some discussion about it and i feel like
what came to my mind afterwards it's a book i think my name written by a guy named eliade
it's called from chauvinism
i think that's a man with one of the name of one of his books
shamanism is about making states
like getting rid of young states going to into really creative illuminating states and a lot of people went into creative illuminating stays with the aid of second alex
and then they heard about zen and then they went back to set
because the sound of ten people will exceed some of the stuff
without drugs
thing about the different streets zen and shamanism or states
it sends not trying to get a state
it's about trying to get the happiness of this girl it's it's about realizing this realizing
and again we want we all want to go to be at peace and be safe and happy
and we want not just her but many people we want them is just said trying to get it
project it just makes it just set it back onto the sign it just it just makes it more difficult to do the work
like this guy began working with the with whooping crane if he was trying to get something that would have undermined his great peppers
so the thing is going to help this child is for you to be intimate with her life in all and anyway you can at a distance of close and trying to get something from our relationship with a child undermines the intimacy and yeah undermines them intimacy is what's good
your intimacy with her but you getting other people to the integral intimate with her she'll be protected in the intimacy that will be peace and compassion
so it's to china it's to try to get things from
from it from people from relationships drugs trying to get buddhism is opposite of getting the animal thing is is get get get get get get get give kid who doesn't have given me up and give to not get anything and we're already in buddhism saying
actually we're already doing this
throughout all our evolution practicing giving
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i'm talking about big piece
we were getting a little piece
i'm just a piece with me are you
you didn't get too specific about your example but somebody was doing something which seemed kind of painful example somebody's doing something that seems painful to themselves or to the environment
kate murphy
you want me to hear somebody doing something which i thought
so my job is to be accountable all
my job
responsibility and despres this person may not be the least bit interested in me being accountable to them
or meeting feel you're responsible for my religion but that person the piece i'm talking about it the piece here's the piece i'm talking about it's the peace when you're calling me for compassion
in peace in peace and harmony
it's that person who has been made to me are you is actually calling us compassion has condemned her compassion but we may know we're asking for compassion and we may feel like they're not listening to my call
they're calling me and i'm responsible accountable for my calling to them
and applauding except my responsibility
that includes the although they may not get it right away but they're a buddha woke up and saw and photo was response everybody and everybody in which response
we somebody is big me to me i have a responsibility and it might be to say guess what friend for the guess one i i need something from you and i'm saying that to them without trying to
get anything i'm just giving them a gift which is i have a need which i'm going to share with you which is i need you to be respect
but when i say that i know that they need the same and i if i'm not being responsible to respect that when i say it possible for me to say without trying to get anything hello
and really be respectful and i said another other words to really know under know who i'm talking to

and i also need to be accountable for myself for my actions and i need a countable means that they can ask me questions the one who's being mean to me can ask me questions about what i'm doing whether you're the bad ones like it to ask new questions on the good ones you don't get to ask me questions we that's one we've seen right where the good people though
those are the bad people we asked them questions who as find their account they should be but but they don't want to be accountable which is part of them being bad people
well okay but i'm good so i don't have to be accountable now
if i besides was it i'm good or bad if i'm willing to be accountable they learn how to do it somebody has to teach him how to be accountable because they need to learn that because they are accountable
no matter what people are hearing i'm saying they're asking for compassion and no matter what i'm doing i'm asking for compassion and i'm accountable in both directions for that
and that's what i'm trying
try to encourage
and this is this is the process
i'm realizing peace
against it's already the case is not going this is not going to come to an end and again that's another thing to come to an end is another moving away from peace peace doesn't have an end to it
that's good
get the peace and come to can complete the police making process
is antithetical things
killed on universe is just it's on track
it's closing the door on open endedness
a willing to have an open ended relationship with everybody is pink
some people say no i just want you
i just worked in a relationship me until you die
like the i saw this mormon couple and the the man to husband was the man was was if that's whatever they do it
so the man said to you know i'm going to be devoted to college she said what about
it wasn't just want an option know
i want many more
well it doesn't mean that you're going as that you can be able to do that but you are responsible to deal with this person who wants you to be there devoted partner for many lifetimes this is the person you've got your hands
i admit there are a handful you know because that's what they want it's not that you'd give it or not give it it's a dutch what they're asking you to listen to
and you have the opportunity to okay
i'm gonna listen to this incredibly fast request i'm gonna try to percent without any argument with and also without trying to get anything i'm just going to try to like of listen to it wow
okay i will wake up to peace
make peace
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well that that remember and compassion is is will help you
so it's inconceivable that that peace is already here it's kind of that that peace is inconceivable that's not one that sort of i think yes it is i think is how it's not it's the peace the inconceivable piece the inconceivable freedom the inconceivable harmony
the that buddhists have awakened and if they're resource for teaching people how to be compassionate with conceivable peace and conceivable war
by being conceived by being compassionate to conceivable hostility we realize inconceivable piece also being compassion and but inconceivable peace because sometimes we think oh i didn't i think this is peaceful but being compassionate to peace like the older was pretty peaceful
the compassion for this group of people would mean not trying to hold on to anything here get anything here like we have this nice group here
if anybody's trying to get something that's not appropriate
and if we have pace here if anybody's trying to hold onto it that's not appropriate that's not compassionate
and if you can like let go of the piece of this group that go inefficient and these people
and listen to their cries you realize that they're listening seniors and we wake up to peace
there were several their hands which i appreciate getting late and are so maybe we'll meet again someday