On Enlightenment and Delusion 

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may i say again
enlightenment live in silence and stillness

silence and this is where enlightenment lives fantasy
enlightenment is living in silence and stillness
enlightenment is living in silence and stillness that's where that's where it lives and living in silence and stillness is enlightenment

enlightenment is dancing in silence and jonas
enlightenment has a partner
a dance partner
the dance partner of enlightenment his delusion

enlightenment is dancing with delusion and silence and stillness dancing with delusion in silence and stillness is enlightenment
maybe i should say dancing wisely
with delusion
in silence and stillness is enlightenment
next week
on this day many people will be
thinking of thanksgiving
so there's a plan did not have a meeting here next week
but i hope
and pray and request
that on thanksgiving
you entered
the dance
with delusion
now we can have
some discussion of dance instruction

so i'm suggesting at the beginning of the dance be still
and silent
and perhaps the next step would be
to embrace
do contact
to depend
one of the class members told me she was having fun
with a pettiness her own pettiness
i forgot what she said but you enjoying
i guess being with her pettiness
any any any story we have about what's going on in our life even if we think we're being numb
magnanimous are kind
if we think we're being honest or not honest
whatever whatever we're experiencing and we can talk about many examples but basically
the be at the beginning of the dance
with this delusion
we are silent and still and then embrace
embrace it
and this embrace or
it it could have like a welcoming side like welcome delusion
and also kind of a are welcomed in in a invitation you are invited to enter
and then
in this dance
each of us can be both both sides of the dance
we can embrace the delusion
that's the that's the enlightenment part is to embrace the delusion
and we can be that and we can also receive the embrace so we can invite the delusion and we can also invite the embrace of enlightenment
so delusion can invite enlightenment delusion can say enlightenment you're welcome to embrace me
i'm an ordinary diluted being and i invite
enlightenment to dance with me
there is a ordinary diluted person here and i invited delusion to come and i wish to embrace the delusion
i think it's good to play ball size
both the invader the welcome on and the welcoming and the welcomed
but even the welcomed even the welcomed can invite the welcome i invite you to be my host i invite you to invite me
so i have some her practice tango son and entangled
when the two people
embrace each other
one of them at the beginning is usually understood partly by where they're standing not necessarily by their gender
but the one who is facing the line of dance
is the host or the invader
the line of dance is
a counterclockwise circle circle
so the one was facing was moving forward in the line of dance is the invader the one who is
god his or her back to the line of dance is the guest innocence the invitee
so the host says the host embraced the guess the guest and is embraced by the host but the guests as soon as the host embracing the guest the guests embraces the host hopefully
a simultaneous embraced
one person
ah one person makes the first invitation
a and
the embraced
through to the embrace the the host the one who is inviting
tries to feel
what foot
the guest of standing up
it was can't feel than the host invites the guest
to move on to move the way onto one of the feet and then from there makes an appropriate invitation in other words invites the guest to
move the foot
that's not carry much weight
and we can move from their forward
or in the direction of the foot that's not carry weight
so the invitation has made and the guest may accept the invitation and enter into the invitation
the invitation is made and the guest may accept the invitation
and move with it especially if the guest understands the invitation so the invitation is made
ah for hopefully firmly and clearly
and gently
and and retainer in a relaxed way
if it's from intense it makes it harder for usually little bit harder for the guest to accept the invitation once a guest accepts the invitation the guest is now
making invitation
and why and hosts then now receives the invitation from the guest
and then the house makes another invitation and saw on they take them they start taking turns
i feel this this i feel to supply very nicely to when we're dancing together and we take turns with quit we we take turns being either the host the invite
are they are the guest
alternating back and forth but we don't we were not dancing with another person we can dance with are deluded
when we sit
we can we could start by inviting a posture
or we start by offering a posture
and the pasture could be this is a sitting posture which i offer in this sitting posture is offered and you are invited to embrace it or i'm offering the sitting posture
i'm off i'm sitting this way and i'm inviting embracing the sitting posture
i stand up and i invite
embracing the standing i to stand up i invite
embracing understanding
so that i'm both making an assertion and
surrendering to the surgeon or making it a gift and receiving
and the gift i'm offering is a kind of delusion
it's a little story about my body as a story about what i'm doing
so i'm suggesting enlightenment it's not yeah
it's not exactly that enlightenment is dance of idea
enlightenment is dancing with delusion but it's not quite that dancing with the i'm and dancing with delusion is enlightenment
this is a this is a ah
i got them
beginning instruction at the very beginning
another part of this is that
if you invite delusion to come and delusion doesn't get the invitation
whatever delusion does
which doesn't you know even though it doesn't see my delusion is accepting the invitation
you embrace what delusion does even know it what it doesn't do it you invited it to do
what's a you i mean you buddha
you enlightened one
so you embrace delusion and you invite delusion
to be with you but a collision doesn't seem to come you embrace that
so that looks like delusion
is dancing with you
so i'm proposing that we are that that in reality in enlightenment
there is there is dancing with delusion and silence and stillness
and that this practice of dancing with delusion in sounds and stillness is all pervasive
we say although it's all pervasive
if there's the slightest discrepancy it's like
it's like as a big gap
in other words we have to enact this dance
and it's
requires quite a pract bit of practice in order to actually are
be able to embrace
make an invitation which is clear and
appropriate and then when there's a response
to change size
and all this is going on in ourself all the time but we have to join it in order to realize it
when we make a motion
when we move our body when the bot when when we offer me a movement of the body
that can be embraced or not it can be movement movement movement
movement movement movement movement movement movement as delusion
what can be movement
has an invitation and it's embraced embraced me embrace me embrace me embrace me
this is davis is an offering
this is an offering this is an offering embraced embraced this embrace this you're invited to join us
my friends but also
something in me embraces what i'm offering
so in a sense i'm not getting ahead of myself
i'm dancing with myself and the i'm that's dancing with myself
he's enlightenment
the one who is with me all the time never a step ahead or behind me my close partner
who makes me successful who makes me a successful dancer is enlightenment
i am the one who makes to deluded me
a successful dancer
he saw some people feel like that one of that's one reason why people like to dance is because it's
easy to be enlightened when you're dancing
it's easy to like
horn be invited
and accept the invitation
and then
the other person
easy for them to invite you and accept your response and realize that's an invitation and accepted an offer you another response which is now another invitation
his hundred you do it with ourselves
with the aid of dancing
we can learn to do it with ourselves
and dancing with ourselves his enlightenment
the enlightenment is dancing with
sentient beings
and harder for enlightenment and dance with a sentient being sentient being has to be a sentient being
which again
being willing to be a sentient being is a sentient beings being offered
and is being embraced
mount by moment
a sentient being is offered and being embraced
part of the way this is gonna work is it is offering is made in silence and stillness and received an thousand stones
and embrace the offering of an embrace and embrace occurs the silence and stillness but there's this dance in the silence and stillness of giving and receiving receiving and giving
hi this is not any day
different from mindfulness
so we we we have been a very basic and ancient as instruction that what he says
when a person
here's here's a here's a here's a way of enlightenment when a person is sitting she knows she's sitting
when she's walking she knows she's walking when she's standing she's mindful
upstanding when she's reclining she's mindful of reclining
when she's breathing in she's mindful of breathing in which is breathing out his mindful breathing out when she has painful feeling she's mindful of the painful feeling when she has a pleasant feeling
same practice
when used but i'm sort of emphasizing that when you stand up you're making an offering to enlightenment
it's kind of a delusion that you're standing up
to see that world that way is a kind of delusion
you're not actually standing up the way you think you're standing up but you do think you're standing up and the recommendation is that your be aware that you think you're standing up
it's not that cheer you know sitting down when you're standing up
this is not necessarily that it's just what i'm emphasizing is that when you stand up that means you think you stand up
and that's the delusion and that's what we danced with
and if we don't dance with that delusion
we have
it goes on without a dance partner
it's not embraced
hannah's just delusion
but when is embraced is the same as what i was talking about last week when it's embraced is the same as
the delusion being the delusion
the united deluded you embrace the delusion you not just deluded you're being devoted
so it isn't that it isn't that a diluted person is enlightenment
that isn't what i said i said when a diluted person is a diluted person
a diluted person being and person that's in life
a sentient being being a sentient being
so here i am a deluded being i offer that and i be that i embraced that i completely join my
but me joining it is me dancing me diluted person dancing with enlightenment
and i'm sort of saying there's a requirement here of learning how to embrace ourselves to dance with ourselves moment by moment as we
her earlier today i was i was moving
and i was a i was practicing dancing with my movement
enough in the sense have here's a motion and i was trying to be particularly abreast of my breast
i offered my in my movement i offered my breast and i tried to be abreast of my breast
not just offering his breast moving forward
but being there with it movement by movement and i noticed
that i could be there are not that i can i'll make the offering but not but not receive it i could make the movement and not receive it for i can make the movement and receive it and i could make the movement in such a way that i was offering it to be received
rather than just do it i did it
to be received
i'm not so much interested in getting it done just to get it done but i'm offering i'm i'm i'm doing it as a gift to be received
like and dancing i invite the partner to make a move but i'm not making the invitation just to make my invitation i'm making it so that she can move
and again if she doesn't move the way and inviting her then i change in a sense and i'd become abreast of what she does
so if i invited to come to my right and she goes to my left or goes backwards
i understand that's the way shower braces might offering
if i if i bring my my
my breast forward
i wish to meet it
i wish to be dependent on it as it's offered i wish to tune into that way of of moving
all day long
i wished
so i think maybe that's enough for you to start dancing
if i'm aware

when the standing up which i ah
is a
small scale version of my life
why we could say petty limited reduced version of my life i'm saying i'm saying okay my life is standing up
that's to diluted part about it
i'm assigned i'm that's all i'm talking about right now as i'm standing up i'm not talking about the fact that the whole universe is supporting me to stand up
and i'm not talking about that my standing up supports the whole universe
i'm just talking about actually excuse me i'm just talking about standing up
and i accept that i'm talking by standing up or i'm doing standing up
i accept that that's what i'm that's what i'm offering
i'm not offering everything
which in fact i am offering everything
but i can't i don't know that i don't live that way i offer little limited versions of my life
and everybody supports me to do that but i'm i'm not offering everybody supporting me to do it i'm offering this little limited thing that's that's where i mean by delusion that's a self
that's an illusion that's a comically constructed version of my life which i happen to be offering to the world right now
as for example standing up
and i'm saying
that if you if you remembered that this is happening in stillness and silence
and then you embrace
that action so you're aware of it
you're completely aware of it and you're completely willing
and you're not at all distracted from being this limited performance
that that willingness to be that way
that is living and let that is living enlightenment
the like was not someplace else from your delusion
but if you're deluded half
then you just deluded half but if you're deluded wholeheartedly
that means that enlightenment is dancing with you
if your whole heartedly standing up
your whole heart and you completely being your limited deluded sentient self
that's enlightenment
and it's it's a hard dance to do
because sometimes when we stand up for kind of interested basically and standing up rather them
making an offering
to embrace the world and let the world and us
where kind of interested in standing up rather than
just completely standing up
not really caring whether we actually managed to stand up or not just caring about being hearted about the attempt to stand up
has that makes some sense
here yes
it working with this can seat about the answer

the time

feels like
theme of each thing is retarded
with monterey is
the sounds are still exists in one sense
and you're not aware of the as until embrace raised

during the day of the words is not there
and then you brand you answer to the dance

i offer you
my wondering about
how are dancing
any offerings that we wish to make about but the sir
this practice of enlightenment dancing with delusion

like now you mean like you and you and i meeting now
is that is that an example of what you're talking about
are you and i meeting now
have you dancing
i i would say yeah for dancing
how do you feel
you feel like we're dancing
could you tell me about how are dancing
you're thinking yeah
as part of our dancing part of our dancing use your thinking
remembering what
the or remembering remembering his hot is part of howard dancing
the memory reality also but also remember we're dancing
the remembering that we're doing something together
bring together
remember remember that we're doing something together and and and then also remembered together that were doing something together
we are doing something together but are we remembering that we're doing something together
we sometimes forget that we're doing something together
and sometimes we feel like one of us is remembering that we're doing something together but we're not sure the other ones remembering
so there are stories of where
in our like in tango that the that the host invites the guest
and the guest doesn't do what the host invites in host feels like we're not doing this together
rather than i invited you to move forward and you move backwards
and you moving backwards something we're doing together
if you had moved forward after i invited she move forward than we would have been moving that doing out together but you didn't move forward you move backwards
that wasn't what i thought i invited you to do but that's what you did and that's it we're joined together and i remember that we're doing it together
i don't know if you remember
but people watching think that you do remember because they think i asked you to move backwards
because when you do what i wasn't expecting but i realized that you doing what i wasn't expecting was something we did together
and i moved
to witness that people think i asked you to do this
because it because they thought i was in the position of inviting you to move
so we're doing it together enlightened minutes is together with delusion it's moving with delusion
and we call this moving together i call this move in together a dance
delusion how delusion may or may not understand that enlightenment is doing things together with it
and the way the delusion can really a doctor can really understand or demonstrate understanding is by completely
being deluded
then the delusion realizes that it's doing it together


well if i invite you to move forward and us backwards i go with you
so it looks like
it looks like i invited you to go backwards because i'm the invite and you went backward and i went with you
so i make so so i do i i if you if you do what i think i invited you to do i do that with you if you do something other than what i invited i do that with you so either way we do it together an eye
i want to make i want to make the dance successful not i want to make my dance successful i want to make our deaths successful enlightenment wants to make
delusion successful successful at what
at the dance
so enlightenment trying to teach delusion to be hearted about what it's doing
so if if if i invite you to move forward and you more backwards and i don't go with you
then i'm not done this does not wholeheartedly being with delusion
the the the guests
they often get invited to do certain things
but when they get invited to do something surprising they really especially if they're familiar with the dance the that's what they really like is when they get invited to do something surprising and they don't the expression the experienced dancers they don't say that you know that they're really happy about that
it's okay to be invited to to the usual movements that they would expect under those circumstances
it's all right
like you invited to move forward and then you might want to the left
but to do something surprising as is is really are
is the most healing
so if if someone misunderstands me
that may be quite surprising to me and for me to appreciate that surprise
delusion to that dance
come your name again

i can't say more bottle heartedness i wonder what i should say you just say what is it
well it's not so much that i can tell you what it is but i can say something but isn't isn't that what i say he's gonna be it
so from mike to be completely mike
i would say that some got some language about wholeheartedness
for mike to completely embrace mike
is wholeheartedness
what for example again from if you if you move
if you make a facial expression
and you can end your completely making that facial expression
that's wholeheartedness
or i would even say if you make a facial expression and
you making that facial expression when you're making that facial expression that's also how wholeheartedness
if any part of use not there for that
that distracts you from being the way you are
the wholeheartedness is there already but if you're the lit and slightly bit not therefore it
the whole hearted and decision isn't realized it's still there is you
the dance is going on but unless you perform it completely here therefore completely it didn't realize so you get sick is the wholeheartedness the being there
or is all heartedness the being there
it's the same thing
and it's very difficult for us
to be present for every for each for for this
for one and then again and again
to stay in the dance
and although dancing is kind of easy financing was not a person is easy to do the easier relatively easier to do this and being with ourselves
being with ourselves in that full hearted way
where the dance with ourselves is the dance with ourselves is the buddha away
and the thing that's with ourselves the thing that dancing with ourselves his enlightenment enlightenment isn't just is buddha ways not just enlightenment the buddha ways enlightenment dancing with delusion
and it's hard for us to be there for the embrace in the moment
without being distracted from that from this the time for us
even though when we're distracted enlightenment dancing was less than two
so if you're distracted wholeheartedly you're not then and then you realize the dance with enlightening
and again it's hard for us to be a whole wholehearted when we're distracted as a very advanced practice to be wholeheartedly distracted

possibly yeah

forgetting yeah
for getting is a is a karmic consciousness


you did
you did wholeheartedly forget what you forgot
you did
and wholeheartedness of that forgiving and forgetting
enlightenment was dancing with you and your forgetfulness
however how do you perform forgetfulness
it's hard it's hard to like really buggy but when i'm forgetful when i'm a person who's forgetful me being a person is forgetful
is enlightened
and may not you know
not joining that in performing that doesn't realize it
but in fact sentient beings all day long are sentient beings and in fact all day long
the sentient being being the sentient being they are that's enlightenment height age how do we join that how do we join us being herself all day how do we join ourselves being diluted all day that's what i'm talking about
how to do that well
where sounds as stillness
okay it's here
so the joining of the joining of being myself is going to happen in silence and stillness
if i'm distracted from silence and stillness is going to be harder for me to perform me being a forgetful person
if i'm distracted from silence and stillness is gonna be harder for me to be the forgetful person i am
that's what if that's what the cases
so all day long we are being ourselves in silence and stillness we've been that way our whole lives that's that's where we'd be ourself
and where we'd be ourself in this sounds the stillness as for enlightenment living it's living right there with us
if you did if we get distracted from signs of stillness were also distracted from enjoying being ourselves
if you remember size the stillness okay now
embrace yourself brace yourself to embrace yourself by remembering sounds and stillness sounds as stillness okay delusion
not trying to fix it up just this one
and everything i'm forgetting
by being this diluted thing i'm forgetting to this prisoner an appointment with i'm also forgetting to be other people i'm forgetting a lot that's what a sentient being as if the forgetful creature
that's what i am
can i remember that yes can i forget it yes
i have to remember it however in order to perform it and if i don't perform it even though i am performing it i miss the enjoyment
this invitation
is there an effort
every moment you are an effort a sentient being as an effortful creature
who is making invitations
every moment sentient beings making invitation
it's inviting his dance partner to come
and as dead partner comes when the in when they invite her is completely himself
the complete person you are is inviting all beings to join you in this dance
that's going on all the time
can you join it and sometimes you can and when you do
you have a taste
have the buddha way and you have a taste of being met
with enlightenment which is always dancing with you being you
or rather
you being you is enlightenment
and when enlightened was dancing with you you get to be you
and if you're not willing to be you enlightenment has a hard time dancing with you would like to but you're too busy being somebody other than yourself so enlightenment can't get you
enlightenment wants to dance with you
wants to meet your face but if you don't have your face on
it has to wait until you put your face on
but you are putting your face on are you distracted often yes
one story that the rising in me
which i'm actually willing to be with the story
is that on
you are really thinking about how to be yourself
and i really appreciate that you're wondering about how you can completely be yourself
and you don't have to do it all by yourself though
everything's helping him
but i hope i can remember
to be yourself
and that
we're gonna have i would i know going to be two weeks until we meet next time so
i pray i pray for us
i really would like us to be ourselves every day until we meet again
and it's gonna be that's very hard to do it's very easy not is very easy to get distracted from being ourselves but i really hope
we're able to not be distracted too much

yes ah yes elena



as their you're always right you're always you're always the real are diluted version of yourself

no no they're both for everything work sentient beings are always genuinely you know a false version of themselves
cindy beings are always a a limited fabricated made up
version of of what they actually are
and if we're willing to be that
particular unique delusion about what we are that's a sentient big
and if we're and were actually are that way but if we can join it we can appreciate that we have a dance partner

if we can if we can give ourselves to being this limited
diluted version of our life
which were which were involved in
and then we can join that we're joining the fact that we are actually that way
and then rejoin enlightenment
which is with the way we actually are
but if we're not with the way we actually are we miss our partner a wonderful partner
when mr das
we're not and if we don't embrace ourselves
we don't get to feel what's embracing ourselves
enlightenment embraces sentient beings not some other sentient being from the sentient being the actual one at the moment
and it's to enlightenment is trying to encourage the sentient being do not be distracted from that
to be whole hearted about that
well it's it's a it's past nine so maybe that's enough for tonight
so good luck to us on the great and difficult work
are being the these people
and these people and these people it's a big job
but only you can do it