Deep Faith in Cause and Effect has now become Deep Faith in Being a Sentient BeingĀ 

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one of these
about eighteen days remaining in this
calendar year and the beginning of this year
am i
i promised i vowed to concentrate on studying causation here at know board i did i made that that wow
and i appreciate the support of all of you
to practice that this year
i am
i vowed to practice deep faith in cause and effect for i found to practice
based on
the faith and cause and effect
the expression the faith and cause in fact is
transmitted to us by our ancestors
and i feel that it is
very much at the heart of authentic
the authentic tradition
descending from
the ancestors the buddha ancestors
he from deep faith and cause and effect
it seems
very appropriate that one would practice vigorously the bodhisattva precepts

and today i would also suggest that deep faith and cause and effect
it's the same as deep faith in wholeheartedly
being a sentient big
there's two kinds of sentient beings
the bodhisattvas is one kind and the other kind is non body surface
he bodhisattvas have deep faith and cause and effect and body start first
have the courage
and a commitment
to be themselves
wholeheartedly be essential be
sentient beings think there's an alternative
the being a sentient big
how so
sentient beings think there's an alternative to being deluded

this fall in a series of classes
we've been studying the practice of dancing intimately
what delusion
sentient beings and plenty of delusion
but they think there's an alternative to dancing intimately with it
they think they can get rid of it
this is one of their delusions
if it's real you can't get rid of it and it is not real you can't get rid of it
you can't get rid of reality and you can't get rid of unreality because there's no unreality to get rid of
but there appears to be unreality there appears to be delusion there appears to be birth and death and birth and death appears to be
more or less
deep faith and cause and effect is deep faith in wholeheartedly
birth and death
not clinging to it
nada what kind to avoid it but giving up all resistance to it
giving up a resistance to birth and giving up all resistance to death and giving up all resistance
the the old age and sickness that occurs in birth and death
has talking to someone that i've talking to a pregnant woman had dinner last night
at green dragons and temple
and we're talking about how are you know elderly people my grandparents and babies when they sometimes say they're united by a common enemy
but also the united by a common caretaker
they're united an innocence that they're dependent on the people who are not sold and not so young
and the people are taking care of and they often see as their enemy
cause require strong and smart

but then someone also mentioned that the in some cultures they consider the babies and old people
closer to the spirit world
and i feel that they're closer to the spirit world because they're more aware of how vulnerable they are
and fragile
and if when where you very young and feeling very vulnerable or were old and feeling vulnerable when we're sick and feeling vulnerable if we can give up resistance to being vulnerable we are very close to the spirit world
if we resist our vulnerability
we resist
after the after considering being welcoming welcome and not liking or disliking a disease i don't the body such as
don't like
did anyway they don't they might not like disease but that's not their job their job is to give up resistance to disease
embrace intimately and dance with disease that's the bodhisattvas job is to embrace all diseased beatings
the bodies thought that is a diseased being who vows to dance with all the other diseased beings the bodhisattvas is a sick
but he sought by who is vows to embrace his disdain all other sick bodhisattvas and also non-stick bodhisattvas however the non-stick bodhisattvas don't necessarily want to stick bodyside for to embrace them so they wait until the person is up ready for the dance
so after i mentioned this kind of thing a classier the night in berkeley someone come at me so what about fighting disease
fighting disease is a being
that's the kind of a sentient being
and so that simply being
we should not resist the center big who's fighting disease
also someone said
but delusion is beautiful and i say right
that's correct
but if you resist it you won't see the beauty
if you if we
dance intimately with our vulnerability will open to the beauty of our vulnerability
if we dance intimately with our delusion and don't resist it
don't resist it but need it with our whole heart we will see the beauty of delusion
if we
dont intimately with delusion we will realize the dependently core is in nature
of delusion we will understand the causation of delusion
and we will also understand
that delusion is not delusion
as i often mentioned
is a girl she gave me a name as such a wonderful name he gave me it's tension the first part
and when he gave it to me said he said read is reb
but also tension means delusion is delusion
he also said it means rabbit rabbit and people may have a problem with that
now i say ram is rabid people may resist that
but if we don't resist rub rab we will realize he is not rub
could also say
tension means delusion is a delusion
it's a delusion that delusions a delusion
it's not a reality that delusions a delusion it's a delusion the delusion is a delusion
the kids if we don't resist delusion we will realize delusion is not delusion and we will realize how beautiful diluted beings are how precious they are what excellent dance partners they are
however has i also mentioned
if you wanna dance with somebody
you can offer yourself but if they're not ready
proper etiquette is to let them wait until they are
so on the tango flirt the if the leader looks across the way to potential dance partner he looks at her or she looks at her
and if she doesn't come forward it does not or whatever you leave her alone
dancing with delusion is is is promoted by appreciation of the dependently core
resin in nature
of delusion and appreciation of it's beauty
but we had to stop resisting it if we wanna dance with it
and sentient beings once again do tend to read resist delusion
they ashamed of being deluded
could be part of the intimate dance being ashamed that were diluted doesn't
necessarily mean you were resisting it

now as it says in the heart sutra delusion itself is enlightenment
enlightenment itself his delusion
or another way that could translate it which is not so common his delusion namely enlightenment
delusion namely form
delusion namely feelings delusion
namely conceptions delusion namely karma consciousness
karma consciousness is immediately itself
emptiness common consciousness namely
emptiness comic actresses and namely ultimate truth
so earlier i calligraphic the chinese characters for deep faith and cause and effect which
i mentioned has now been made into sweatshirts and t-shirts

somebody also recently sent me some beautiful black t-shirts that have my name on it
i don't know what to do with them
today i brought calligraphy which says the condition of being sentient being
is itself
or the condition of being sentient being or the nature of a sentient being is itself enlightenment
the nature of being essential thing what its nature
it's nature is enlightenment
the condition is actually the actual condition of sentient being as enlightenment and this is a call on for us isn't it
we kind of her
sometimes we don't see that the condition of a sentient being either this sentient being or that sentient beings sometimes we don't see that this condition
his enlightenment or the to nature of a person a sentient person with didn't plan didn't see that the nature of a sentient being is itself is immediately awakening right
in order to see this in order to understand this we must completely be a sentient big

and that is the most challenging thing for sentient being
climbing mountains is challenging especially if they're fairly high and steep and cold
diving from a great height into water is a challenge for sanction pigs
various factions are challenges but the most challenging the one that requires your whole heart is beating yourself
and in fact you are
and the fact that you are
his enlightenment
so the resisting of it if need the going with the idea that there's an alternative to this
that's our tendency that's our karmic tendency and that's why it's so hard to be
a sentient being
the cause and effect here is
the cause of the effect
because sentient being
itself with no wiggling in stillness with no resistance the sentient being itself isn't there's no resistance in the sentient being being sentient being there's no resistance there
the condition that the cause of the affect her body and the cause and effect
because itself is the effect

so i calligraphic that the expression the condition of sentient being
is itself awakening and
and there's some copies of on the altar and some more may be made during lunchtime
you're welcome to have one
ah and take care of it and you're also welcome to practice it
it's one of the convenient practices
cause you're a sentient being all day long
and if you would just stop resisting that than you would realize the condition that you're in all day long you're in the condition of being a sentient being all day long you have the nature of being essential bag and then if he would just be wholeheartedly present with that you would realize enlightenment
and that would be a big help to us if he would do that
and i would encourage us we might get the idea from you
and being a sentient big of course includes that you come and tell us what we should be doing he start bossing us around and telling us that we should be you know
paying attention to ourselves as don't write that
so you can be your use yourself at the moment they'll be fine
but please with absolutely no resistance to being diluted person you i remember you are deluded
and only you can put up forest fires
cause that's a joke the rain the rain can put our forest fires too but then
it's like guy you know we are nothing
but the whole universe
working as us so delusion being delusion tension
zheng key
the whole works
delusion is delusion is the whole works reb is a rub is the whole works gordon he's a gordon is the whole works the whole works the whole universe is working as gordon being gordon
gordon resisting being garden is still garden but anyway he misses that the whole universe is working to make gordon
and gordon wholeheartedly been gordon gordon is not garden enlightenment
is gordon being free of garden by being willing to be garden
and as the whole universe working through a person which he does quite nicely
according to the name that's a secure russia gave me
you mean you are you being a you
is the whole works

and there's a new movie or but nelson mandela and when he was imprisoned for twenty seven years or so
while the poem was sustained him
ah which i'll just give you the last couple lines up and later i'll give you the whole poem but right now i just like to mention
the poem ends with
i am the captain of my fate
i am the master of my soul
so somehow or the united but it but this is cause and effect
but this is not he don't have control
you're a master who doesn't have control your master your captain who doesn't have control you and i are not in control of our soul
but we're the ones where the winner takes care of it
with everybody's help we had to join the program whole universe is supporting us is giving us
a sentient big now we have to accept the responsibility of being the master or mistress of it but the master and mistress according to buddha dharma although that you are the master you are the mistress yes but you're not in control
that's the subtle part of the profound part of cause and effect you have this responsibility for something you're not in control of your responsible to take care of your kind of consciousness your comment consciousness is not made by me or you mark your comic consciousness may more
by mean and by you
your kind of conscience is not made by you is made by past karmic consciousness your is particularly mine also it's made by me is made by the whole universe is support a year kind of consciousness year delusion you are the master of your delusion
and your delusion has consequence a your them captain of your
you're the captain of your fate
but your captain of the ship of fate that you're not in control of
but in the midst of the storms pushing your fate all over the place you are the captain you get to be captain human i want to be you are
and you cannot run this fate by yourself but nobody else is gonna come and be captain for you
and you might say i don't want to be captain of a ship i can't control
but you are
you are captain of this very important ship that you can't control and everybody's helping you do your job you have a big crew
really a big crew is helping you do a job and your job is to take care of your fate which you can't control
and your soul your spirit
you enlightened mind
he has a master of it and again everybody support you to take care of this precious
enlightened mind of a sentient being i should base it said the enlightened mind which is the sentient being which you are everybody supporting you and you have the job
i've taken care of it and it is not under your control
that help nelson mandela and twenty seven years in prison i hope it help you
and for many more years in prison than that
we've all been in prison much longer than two thousand and seven years
that's a great opportunity
the look deeply into cause and effect
i'm i haven't yet promised for the next year what to emphasize in study and teaching and practice but i i certainly will not i do not plan to give up deep faith and cause and effect next year
but i don't know exactly what the theme will be
but i i
i'm so moved to be supported to be able to remember occasionally the wonderful
practice of deep faith and cause and effect that you and many other beings have supported me to be able to remember it and then when i remember it to sing about it
to extol that to encourage it
ah verbally
with calligraphy and with my own efforts

and i appreciate that you are also trying to take care of this
simple and magnificent teaching
a deep faith
in paying attention to being deluded person
the faith in taken care of carbon consciousness and comic cause and effect i really appreciate your efforts and your openness
to this difficult teaching and practice
many beings have supported us to have a place to sit quietly today
to be still
and to open to the stillness
this enlightenment is living
many beings have support as to be in a building which
how we feel like we can actually sit still here we don't have to worry about it
we're not to worry
now if anybody's worried
we wish to dance intimately with them but actually bodhisattva do not worry
they embrace any any worry but that's the worries not their job their job is to dance with the worry
where is their dance partner
so thank you all bays for making a place for we can contemplate in stillness being a sentient being
calmly patiently
take care of being a sentient beings
take care of delusion

and it's not that if we take care of delusion we will be enlightened it's taken care of delusion is enlightenment
i'm taking care of it wholeheartedly is enlightened
and once again taking care of delusion wholeheartedly is just delusion itself and diluting the south is not delusion
and it's not anything else either
this doesn't time before
the noon hour and some people are raising their hands one of them is tracey
yeah to problems tracy has two problems
how seeds that
you say section
people microbes yeah
i think microbes also resist being microbes i think's banana slugs resist being banana slugs thousand
you me
have you need some assistance
i mean beans
no i don't i wouldn't say i wouldn't say that ah what else i wouldn't say that i wouldn't say fear is a sentient big i would say fear is a being
fear is a be hatred is a be
great time action action action
comic consciousness is a big but it's not it doesn't constitute a sentient being a sentient being is all five scandals
not just one element so a sentient being has
form has since oregon's has feelings has conceptions has comic consciousness has great hate and delusion usually has fear has faith or lack of it has flexibility or lack of it has shame or lack of it
startimes who stand us slowing and sentient beings i don't think not can go microbes yeah
yeah i'll go with
living but whatever we usually consider living being i would say they are problems of this type
and their condition itself
is buddha the condition of the rock i guess i feel
that booty doesn't really apply but doesn't exclude the rock because the rock it is a being which the buddha takes care of
but unless the rock is suffering the boot it doesn't feel compassion for the rock a sentient beings are embarrassed are in various ways are frightened tense
ah angry
i'm greedy jealous envious
and so on
now sometimes the way some sentient beings act
non-human ones we look at them and we think something very we see their beauty sometimes were sometimes you open to their their beauty somehow times we we we we don't resist our own vulnerability and we we see how beautiful they are there's a moment of openness and it looks almost like are enlightened it looks almost like
just being a deer
just being a snake
and however if we knew them better we might find out that there were that there were no quibbling about it somewhat but they look like they're just doing their struggling doing nurse during their what is next do they slither there is slithering they look at your this slithery
and it and in the condition of in the the enlightenment is there and we can sometimes see it but they themselves may be resisting that they may have say i wish i wasn't a snake
i wish you know what you need to go to the snake the anymore
but they're also could be buddhist next who are you know
are not resisting it is possible
just a moment please yes
next is breakfast and hundreds before yeah
how it could be
that's right you cannot be anything other than being yourself but the self that most people i'm even are you
most people most people who like who do not know how they can be anything other still wish they could be
and try to be
yeah and you don't know how to be different from that
but still you can you can practice that or not
you can practice in people usually often do practice being somebody else to actually try to put them into practice they try to exercise their delusion resident exercise the condition of their delusion rather than admit and be aware they're deluded they get carried away by their delusion
and that at that time they're they're not really getting away from it
at all
they're being enslaved by it they're not getting away from it but they think they are and that's again you're not getting away from it so in fact you can't get away from it
you can't get away from your nature but you have to practice it
and if you don't practice it then you can continue your nature will allow you to be distracted from your nature
he will ignore your nature even and it is your nature to ignore your nature but if you'd go with that completely
and are not go with a completely new actually we say go with an incompletely she
again district and ignore it he also ignore enlightenment
this this is where it seems to me
paradoxical over
if i'm not going to some extent yeah it seems like enlightenment his wholehearted unqualified acceptance
yes but if i'm holding back
yes forty two percent yes
there still may be yes and if you appreciate that you're opening to yourself being a silly boy
and then you're done you're not really a away from yourself
you're you're being with yourself being seven sixty eight percent
you're not just being sixty eight percent which is a normal thing a normal percentage for sentient being to be that wasn't a big is to be sixty eight percent and if you're completely with that
the taken completely that seems the instantaneously go to a hundred percent
what is in tennessee at the same moment
the same moment
and i think yeah but you have to practice you have to join the fact that you're one hundred percent sixty eight per cent
get to join that can miss it he missed not in here come the next one
ninety two percent twenty eight percent
i wish i could go below zero percent
i'm like totally fighting my century situation
what comes to my when your time and time you there was this
this in his novel called the kite runner
this it's about as boy who did like a book about the worst and know when in this is author telling his own story right
he didn't like the but the worst thing i ever heard of anybody doing
have you know betraying out of cowardice the person who loved him most and who he loved the most
out of cowardice he let his the person who would give his life for him he let him be abused and raped
and then he went on to do more cruel things to this loving friend and he yearned for somebody something to punish him for this incredible cruelty
and cowardice
and he and nothing and and party in parliament is that he covered his story and and also part of it it's a guy who loved him would never tell on him and never i never hated him for it
but he yearned for the consequence of this cruelty he wanted it
and he suffered from decades and then one day he was in situation where the guy by in part of the story the guy who had abused and raped his best friend who was also his brother he finds out
the guy who did that grows up to be a big you know a power a power a powerful leader of the taliban and this guy
offers the the author the the hero the opportunity to be beaten severely with an inch of his life
and the middle of this beating
he starts laughing
because of the paradox
that this is what he's been hoping for
for twenty years
and now is getting it
how wonderful and funny that this this is this is a sentient being
do evil
you get beat up and how wonderful that is that are finally i get this is what i would die for and how fun it is that i would be so happy to be beaten now
and be conscious and to not resist but still it's a it's kind of funny
first he got first got gotta you know like wow this is it how strange it is that i wanted this but i do
i do want to be people are really badly
i really did the most terrible possible thing
and then isn't that funny
and when he started laughing that saved his life
the guys beating up with to start
he just you know complete like what
hussein that letters is that fearlessness
i think that's an expression of fearlessness but he kind like head when he first getting beat up i think he's kind of resisting it kind of thought like well this is kind of not too good to get getting beat up especially big time like this is like not that funny and it's certainly not something i begged for
and then he finally got it why did ask for this this is what i asked for my god i'm getting it
and he didn't resist it but it's on top of not resisting it
on top of not being afraid anymore it's also kind of funny
which is you know one of the nice things that people like about zen you said as you get it it's it's it's not just like oh well i got it it's also kind of it's just funny
being a sentient being in the end it's kind of funny that it's our it's art it's our whole problem and at our whole salvation it's our whole beauty it's our whole joy they're the same thing and that's kind of funny but the has to stop resisting it and as you know when you're getting beat up especially
really painfully he sometimes disc a little bit resist can kind of think what jesus would be with nice if i was someplace else or if they would be not beat me up quite as much aren't just say would stop
and i that but after they stop at this pain go away
well it will but another one will come and anyway you know the story
it's the paradox is part of the the surprise that the is now we all know it's not like all this misery is what i have been wanting but it's also like it's not just to understanding of that but being surprised by the understanding
so i'm telling you that we're going to be surprised when we're willing to be ourselves we're going to be surprised by how wonderful that is now and we know we have understanding but it'll be different from what we were expecting the understanding to be and we might also kind of get a chuckle
but it's not it's not absolutely for sure you'll laugh

yes often
oh rockin robin


the like either is the condition of resisting is it's self enlightenment
and if you'd totally participate in the resistance namely you're not resisting the resistance then you're not resisting the enlightenment if he resists your the resistance you're resisting enlightenment cause there
they're the same thing
being resistant person is it's the nature of that is enlightenment so if you resist being petty sentient beings are petty great have you noticed that
you know subset since these are a petty they're not hall petty all the time but they certainly petty some of the time
some of those fifteen bags or pace and know all sentient beings are petty sometimes
they're even petty when they're magnanimous pretty waist sentient beings are petty and they resist being petty
buddhists do not resist pettiness
bodhisattvas are sentient beings who do not resist being petty and they've got pettiness to not resist
body sought to do not resist resistance and i got resistance to not resist you name it they've got it and then are resistant they embrace it they danced with it they're not afraid of
pettiness it said to rock
they're not afraid of being such a big
there's still so should be
and that's so wonderful as we can be sentient beings and learn to not be afraid of being sentient beings and help the other sentient beings who are kind of hesitating had being what they are even though they kept really get away from it
and just go right through the agony laughing
but you know also in order to go through the agony laughing we also need to realize stillness somebody sought as are also practicing skills in stillness
boys sought that do not resist being sentient being in stillness body but do not resist the enlightenment which is living there
and if we resist the sentient being who's living in this
we it's easier to see
if you're if are running around a lot we don't say notice that were resisting being herself in stillness we see there is a sentient being and there i'm up for it
and then i'm up for some good stuff too
she rocks in the g top all day long happen above and sitting in her song all the little birds on jaybird street love to hear the robin go beep beep beep rockin robin
or i've been robbing you're really go rafting had

in things yes is an ambitious form of delusion like wanted
yes be a better an ambition isn't for is a delusion
i mean an embedded in ambition an ambitious person say ambition isn't a delusion but an ambition which is an object of awareness is a delusion
object yeah like if you're sitting here and use and you have this you see this here you know you're you're aware of something you know you know that there is an ambition
that that ambition you know is an object of your consciousness your consciousness has to with the support of all beings created this this object version subjective version of of the ambition
you made the connection appear to be something up there on its own separate from for example non ambition you on ambitious people so when the mine makes an object and of ambition
then that's a delusion but just ambition whatever that is i don't know what ambition is but this thing which i don't know what it is ambition that's not a delusion that the way i know it the way my mind grasp that is can make it into something that's out there in its home that's the delusion and that's what i do with everything so it's not
a decent you're not a delusion
sarah is not a delusion but the way i see you at the way essentially being sees you as a delusion
if i could see you not as an object than that then i wouldn't say you are delusion but i my mine makes a delusion on of view my mind makes a delusion out of kengo my mind makes the delusion of goodness goodness isn't that illusion evil isn't a delusion
it's the way it's it's it's the object that i see that's a delusion
the the idea the concept the the object of awareness called ambition called i wish to be a better dancer which the idea i wish to be a bodhisattva sentient beings can wish to be a voice of the way they wish it is they have an intention towards this delusion
this delusion version of being a bodhisattva but bodhisattva do that too it just sit around afraid of being a delusion
you say it's lunacy yeah right i been i've been taught that for a long time when i'm up for it
so yes ambition as object is a delusion but again as we say in stillness mind an object merge and enlightenment
enter enlightenment and then they also leave enlightenment
no are known in stillness merge
in stillness we stop resisting these delusions and we completely become numb and then we enter enlightenment
and also don't stay there we leave it to together
you and your delusions enter and leave the enlightenment together
but if we're not still and against stillness means
not moving away from being a sentient being when a sentient being is essential being that stillness in that that's where enlightenment lives enlightenment lives in unmoving you be you
that's where it lives
so if you're unmoving with the ambition
the center being has
like humans living in that presence with ambition okay
hamas enlightening still this is not an enlightenment not know enlightened is not stillness enlightenment is living in stillness and against illness we say and we say it's little difficult to translate because they unconstructive stillness or on
constructed in ness in stillness
now that he saw a sentient being being a sentient beings not constructed sentient beings are constructed and they do construction but essentially being being a being is stillness and it's not constructed you don't make stillness
you just resist it or not
so an internet presence with that unconstructive stillness or that unconstructive miss in stillness that's where the enlightened function is
happen in a bop and all day long
and all the little birds that j bridge to love to hear enlightenment go beep beep beep
or tweet two tweet or boom boom boom

get the birdies love to hear that
do you love to hear that
ah let's see next is karen then shoshana and last but not least

going back to pettiness oh yes very good
oh yeah
i think

yeah that's another kind of pettiness yeah i'm okay with my pettiness but i want to go see it doesn't which is more petty being petty are not wanting people to see your betty
if we could have a discussion about this
to be petty and to be open to people seeing it that's really magnanimous
that's like big
especially if like here a bodhisattva know
oops i'm petty
and i want everybody to see on my guy this is amazing

this possessiveness to possess
well there's kind of simultaneous usually but it's usually the possessiveness is based on the objectification we don't really we can't put that's why we liked to objectify things i mean i can say like to but that's why we're compulsively objectifying things that's why we're in this rut is because we
like to possess we'd like to have something that's mine
so because we wish to do that
we hard for to give up the habit of imputing
something to the world such that we get some objects back from it
so no objects exist without the mind imputing the mind putting its seal of approval on it there's an object and it's like out there graspable and at that point is difficult not to grasp it to own it or you can also like possess a possess but also say i don't possess
those things i don't possess shortcomings and pettiness for example
but other was i do possess and a non possessive on petty person
so pretty oh so pretty i'm so pretty and witty and gay
me oh you


well i don't either i to me it doesn't make much sense that rocks perceive me that's kind of what i mean by iraq something it doesn't perceive me
but still i practiced together with rocks big time
i work with rocks they work with me we have a relationship but did i don't think they proceed me they support me and i support them and fighting the buddha way they're not can be left out is just a they are not sentient beings so they're not enlightened
but hundred like the things in turn not participating in in enlightenment still are included in the buddha way
that's my view i don't think rocks are sentient beings
i think they're non sentient beings
but they support us and we support them thirty worry interdependent with them but they they're not on the rocks or petty
i don't think rocks or petty's
i don't think so
i never met a petty rock i never permit iraq who was afraid of people noticing that it was petty
i never met a free i never met a frightened rock but i have seen disrespected rocks
i've seen sentient beings not respect rocks
and you say what does that does that does that hurt the rock will in a way it does
you know in a way in a way disrespect animates the rock in a sense because the way disrespect touches it it has in fact disrespect or rocks effects rocks respect towards iraq effects rocks but i don't think the rock is being neurotic about the effects but p
apple and banana slugs they get neurotic about respect and lack of respect that's my view
what do you agree with me or not
your work on be working on whether you agree or not good
me too

i by the way i half agree with myself and half don't agree with myself
that's our took that's the tradition which i have agree with and have it on it is
but to gets a great tradition i like it
the tradition of of half agreeing have not agree which i half agree with
but that doesn't make it a fourth agreement
a separate from and my second from rocks me know
however although i'm not although i'm not separate from them my mind makes them appear as though i'm separate from them my mind goes up to nice little rock and i try to be respectful but you know there's a limit to my respect and what i do is i i spit objectivity on them
i say you're out there on your own so my mind does make them appear to be separate but if you ask me i said as a delusion and the sentient beings who makes rocks appear to be and appear to me to be i make rocks into appearances i should actually
apologize to rocks
the rendering them as appearances but also should apologize to you
from making up and making making something my mind of view which is an appearance
your i don't think you're an appearance i think you're a living being but my mind makes you into an appearance and i apologize for that really
but i can't stop it just doesn't
what your what your what are you concerned about the rocks yeah
good our dependence on works depends
yeah i appreciate your concern with the rocks and our dependency interdependence dependency interdependence
with rocks
i appreciate that you're concerned about
that's enough great thank you yes yes nina to get your interest for that you back there with the hand
is it wrong to enjoy it no it's not wrong to enjoy it
my fact
if you
intimately embrace and sustain the delusion
you you you will not enjoy the delusion
you will enjoy the embrace
before you before you completely meet the delusion and dance with it you might enjoy it or not enjoy it but when you get into the dance tune you appreciate the dance more than in delusion
because it dances them if they dance takes away
the someone disrespect thing i'm making
the delusion into an object
which is a kind of restricted way of relating to it but if you if you embrace that restricted way you develop an unrestricted way to be with the delusion and that's
that's the great joy of being a bodhisattva
but we must respect delusions in order to practice the body south away
so this
so this bodhisattva vow you know it says delusions are inexhaustible i vowed to end them that that turn the that's not the that's not a literal translation a literal translation is more like
but another possible translation of that would be
i flicked me the emotions
or and or evil passion
so that boys have about doesn't sound very loving towards the evil passions towards the delusions
delusions are inexhaustible i vowed to end them
it could do it sound kind of not very loving could sound like you're not embracing you trying to end them
side of a problem with that
that way of doing i think may maybe misleads us
so another way to put it is i vowed to you know but it does the chinese character actually says to cut
to cut cut cut through
she got a delusion and i vowed to cut
the cut where and cut how
and i often that that point think of this story of a it's a a story about as butcher had a knife they'd never got dull
and people asked him how come it never gets dull he says because i cut through the the space in the bodies
i guess i cut through the emptiness of the bodies
so in that sense i feel like i've opted to cut through
to relate to the emptiness of these things i fought for i vowed to come to the end of the delusion and find its emptiness
i'm out to be so intimate with delusion i i realize the reality or the reality of delusion is realized
yeah i think i've checked the chinese characters but the third pure bodhisattva precepts is i i think it's to embrace and sustainable or beings
but i don't remember if it's embraces of same all sentient beings
i'll check it
whether that central beings
well again ah
i don't know what the original character there is if it's you know
but damn
i don't know about rocks be happy but somehow i do feel whether they're happy or not
i actually would i actually do feel that i would like to be kind to them
so how can be kind to your car
kind to iraq again without getting attached to it
once you start being kind of things whether their so-called living or non we get problems
relationship with all beings whether they can be happy or not
because we can develop people can develop
afflicted my emotions regarding things whether they're what you know whatever so thing is to have good relationships with all phenomena whether they're living or non-living because it we don't we can have problems we can have you know people can get violent about the relationship
with what somebody else might think as a non-moving bag
so we do have damn good relationship with the material world
the non so-called non living world
but line non living is slightly different from non at inanimate because i think the living can be an animated but by the interaction with the living
like works of art somehow the artist interacts with so-called inanimate or non living and in is animated discounted the an animation occurs between them
so if somewhat there's there's vitality see house
ah expressed by this nonliving thing but i don't think it's i don't think the statues exactly happy
sounds like as
permission yeah
down each beans

so rocks also are born of of cognition as as objects
in rocks have have some kind of partner how i got a potential for existence prior to interaction with cognition but we don't call those rocks does it has possibilities of rocks
so the possibilities of rocks and the price possibilities are living beings are both born in relationship to cognition
but the birth of iraq in the birth of central thing is is by the same process of on depending on consciousness
one more time for you just said
yeah starting
so how does it happen to you sir
swift's sweep the temple once and you don't feel like you own it after that you gives them energy to the temple and you don't think you own it and if you keep taking care of for a long time after why you in you start to notice that you own it it may be actually that the that you already do feel like your own it at the beginning but
it gets deeper
because it gets reiterated oh there's my temple again
so it may be that just accumulate and that there was a subtle version of it in the first meeting because in the first meeting your mind made it into your mind contributed to its birth it was kind of your baby
and the more time you spend with this baby and are reiterate this this making a making it making you with your mind the more you slip into possessiveness because in some sense you do contribute to the birth of it i mean you your consciousness does contribute to the birthstone have something to cheer the mother
but the mother doesn't actually put all the baby
so in some century the mother of the temple your the mother of the practice
but you don't own the practice but still the more than mother takes care of something
the more she has a chance to slip into being possessive of what she contributes to so we contribute to the creation of things
it that's true were responsible that's true and anymore we get but then there's also this possessiveness of that which we created because we created something which
can be grasped now
so so we start grasping it at our only
it's natural yeah
yeah him and put it in for example if you take care of somebody else's kicking somebody somebody else they say on the kitten you than you think i don't want a kitten but then after while you start think well i do
but really
the first time you met the kitten you actually made you actually gave birth your mind gave birth to this object and you grasped it so there was some level of possessiveness even in the first meeting with anything
and the more you reiterate that the more you started slipping for well actually i do it
but actually actually i do own a could also be rephrased actually i i have been grasping us for a long time and my grasping is so deep that now i say it's mine
so i'm heavily into grasping this thing so now i'm nice and being possessive whereas i grasp a lot of other things but i have been doing it much so i'm not quite possessive of it
keeping also the receiving end they would be no like
and that's why we practice giving his to counter
is to antidote or countered balance this tendency to own
wouldn't that if we keep practicing the giving but thinking were given that we keep creating this ownership she and know you're not getting were just being way in this flow the it's if you're into play right then
if you if you enter the play and you realize that you can't grasp giving and receiving yeah if you enter that that will gradually antidotes
this other pattern
the possessiveness
and not and holding on and also it will antidote the substantiation of giving and receiving

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