Facing Change and Realizing Peace 

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i offered it
a story and image
at the beginning
i didn't talk about so much last week and now this is the third week i offer the image again the images
however of
have something like a river
ah maybe life is like a river
and then the river gets
covered by a road
because the river is covered by something like a road
the road is always hungry
we hear the first week
good now you heard what we've talked about the first rate
yeah so that's that was the image offered
first week
what we actually are are actual life
is like a river
but living beings
who are living in something like a river or living beings who are the river for our who are like a river
are addicted
certainty addicted to
ha grasping something in the in the in the river
in the river
like life
and because of this habit
of wanting certainty and intolerance of uncertainty
living beings
their minds create this thing like a road and because of road is really basically a river sentient beings go hungry they crave something
they crave their actual life
how is the image or something i offered the beginning
and so again i propose one way to put it is
we really aren't just sentient beings
we aren't just sentient beings but as sentient beings
all we have to do all we know as sentient beings all we know
the road all we know his appearances the road his appearances
and appearances you can be somewhat certain about and it's almost like couldn't get ahold of them
and if you're in if you get a hold of than then you can then than in that realm we noticed some change
like we notice birth and death in in the realm
where we have appearances there's appearance of birth and the appearance of death
does the appearance of suffering there was a parents of self and appearance of other
and there's change
but the same time
we're like a river
we hunger we in the realm of appearances we have desires
although the mine of sentient beings
individually and collectively create the world of appearances
we need to be we need quite a bit of training before we can actually understand how that process goes
and last week i talked about the creation of alternative worlds
so the world the world that we're not ordinarily live in
is a created world
but we're not so much in touch with it as an act of creation we don't necessarily see our moment by moment any life as a work of art
if we can see our daily life is a work of art
what we will be artists
and will be aware of how the world of appearances created
and we will be aware that it was just appearance and we would open to an understanding of what
in a sense ah this world of appearances is
what's the word on exiling us from it's really the same it's really not a world exactly it's it's the way the world actually is before the world or when it's not a world
so by creating alternative worlds
we have a chance to understand that the that the world we live in is created similarly to the way we create alternative worlds that are actual ordinary life is a work of art
that we've been missing out on
and taking as
as a substantial thing rather than up
yeah and
i've taught well i've talked to you this this guy a nominate say some things about what to do with the road which will tie into many many previous classes at the yoga room and other locations
mostly in the northern hemisphere
little bit occasionally a southern hemisphere but mostly in the northern hemisphere
i just heard today that there's a glacier
in antarctica that moving a foot an hour
towards the ocean
it's not moving as the show said as time moving glacially
this is a story about the road this is a story about the road the river
is a different story
gay so
how do you make alternative worlds which have which are works of art and which would call
give us
from our the the our life which we don't understand his art
and frida in boot in the buddhist tradition freedom the meaning of freedom is peace
when we're free we're at peace so i talked about
facing change and realizing piece at the title of the meditation course so now i'm talking about how to face the change in such a way as to create alternative worlds and the process understand our ordinary world an alternative worlds
and thereby
achieve freedom and peace

so i mentioned i mentioned the last time something like ah
it's pretty much the same thing to say
everything is completely given
and everything is
completely constructed
so our life
is completely given as can put the constructed
it's given to us but it's also a construction it's not like it's not like a solid reality that's given to us it's a construction that's given to us
but we used again we usually do not understand ball we have trouble accepting there has been given we think that maybe there was miss
you're mistaken delivery should be sent some else you know why me
why why me why why did i get this life
or could i have cry in a all those new yorker cartoons were the people are at the at the at the gates to someplace or other either up or down and they're kind of like trying to negotiate with what's been given to them in those cartoons
well i wonder why they make those cartoons because we don't do that even though it might be the new york and read on act like those people in those cartoons right
so the first step in process of becoming an hardest of freedom and peace
a peace and freedom artist
you could i add in the past i've said trust but basically it's like your trust in a sense of accepting that was been given to your right now actually has been given to you and so please except what's being given to you for example this is whatever
is thursday night in berkeley with these people and your body and mind this is a gift
and now this is a gift every moment is a gift
completely given you didn't take any of this actually
he didn't swipe this existence
and there's no alternative do it because it is being presented to us
so in a sense that car could be called trusting the teaching that everything's completely given or another way to put it is what we have to live
is given
how we live however is undetermined
or gets it is to be determined later
or is to be determined now
is it hasn't been determined so completely given and there's a possibilities of freedom
and creating alternative worlds is part of the process of realizing the possibility of freedom
in fact we are never completely determined and because
everything's given
our choice is not complete
we're free
but our choices are not completely ah for call it dumb
not completely choices choices are not completely choices there you go
but they're not determined
they're not determined and they're not really completely traces
they're given and they're not determined
first step is trust what's given
what's given every and that means everything because at everything is completely given trust that and then how do you trust while week in previous classes we talked about you practice compassion towards what well towards everything pretty much
the one possible exception to compassion might be the buddha's who kind of don't need it
there are so happy
but they do need assistance so practice compassion sort of as good as assistant kind of that the boot has gone need the compassion exactly except that they needed because they want us to do it so with practice compassion as a favor to the buddhas and we practice compassion towards everything else is given
and hockey practice compassion well
first three practices of bodhisattvas they practice towards was given what's given you my word was given according to me was given
everything so you practice these first three compassion practices towards
just make life simple everything
which means the practice generosity with everything every everything has been given a new meet that
thank you very much i have no complaints whatsoever you meet that with welcoming with generosity you let the given be the given you do that try to do it on regular basis like every moment if you don't ah
well then we'd then you move onto the next phase which is to practice ethics which involves saying you're sorry that you didn't practice generosity towards what was given to you
say you're sorry that you forgot the teaching
ah that everything's completed a given
now when i say if forgot that teaching that might be for me anyway that would be forgetting a teaching which i want to remember i don't know if you want to remember the tissue that you heard here that everything given many want to forget that but i would like to remember it but i sometimes forget i sometimes think no no no
but not this i want to melt but then i say i'm sorry because that's not the teaching teaching as you're supposed to say thank you for what's been given even if it's painful you not to say i like pain
you don't say i like disease
marquette you can even say i don't like disease but when you say it it's completely given and all those completely given guess what it's not determined
undetermined when you say that even though at the moment you say it nobody knew you're gonna say hat
at the moment you say is completely given
how is listening to a where was i
i was oh yeah i went to the opera last night the metropolitan opera
in mill valley
i wasn't actually lives there was an alternative world and and ice and i he was the those people are good singers and then afterwards i was driving home i turn the radio on
and there was a baseball game on and i was quite surprised you a baseball game on because that baseball games started
at four o'clock in the afternoon
you know here and now it was like nine thirty so it's like five hours well what happened is the book baseball game got postponed for an hour and a half and then it went to eleven innings so i turn this on and because it's an extra innings that means that their time
i'd go as soon as it's not tied on i guess if it's so anyway it was tied and so then there was a situation where this this player from the san francisco team came up to bat in this player has not been
hitting very well has been hitting the ball very well recently but didn't he came to bat and and look and he had two strikes you know in baseball there's three strikes and you're out your part of that one two three strikes you're out at the old ball game he had two strikes and he's not avert
he hasn't been guiding very well
in during that game he hadn't been betting very well and help and by the way that there were two people on base and then he hit the ball and it was like the boonies balls it went real far like our way out of the stadium called a home run
so then had three runs all the sudden
the it was three three before and it just got three runs from this guy and the analogy said
i saw that coming
oh by the way before he hit the ball he hit the ball kind of not very skillfully and the ball ricocheted from the bad onto his
me and he fell down and rolled around the ground for a little while
and since it was so late in the game they you know he had to finish his bad because
is there was nobody else left to play they used all they used the whole bench they sent home the starters because they have early game tomorrow today so if nobody this guy was all they had to bet they couldn't make it a substitute even though he was in lot of pain
he somehow stayed in the batter's box and they threw another bad pitch to him and he hit this home run and the and i'll just said maybe he will just faking it to make the picture feel like well this guy can't do anything i'll just wrong
we don't see it coming if we don't see it coming is given but we don't see it coming there is a possibility of freedom always and everything's completely given we had to take care of both of those simultaneously
and thus
that's er that's a challenge that's a problem the balance was too
so we practice generosity and then we practice ethics which again is to be very careful of what's given
now just don't get distracted from this thing that's been that you've got to work on not because this is what you're going to work on to make an alternative world is what's given to go not just let it in the door and say okay yes but then after to and you've gotta like be there with it a
carefully look carefully
but not overbearing lee
i'm not controlling lee be right there with it really accepted tear say thank you very much and then like be really close and careful with it without controlling without trying to control and then be patient
i like somebody's eating berries off that plant up there wonder what kind of berries or see the berries are you know if we're kind of berries those are there for blackburn's somebody's eating blackberries behind the yoga room
i was given to me i didn't set this up i knew i didn't know i didn't see this coming
so anyway then you gotta be patient with ah with a situation of developing freedom this is the process of freedom by the way but i'm talking about but it's the you still may be hungry
and the next practices the so that's that go to the practice is basically of what we call trusting the situation
not like not like it's not like trusting like i think things are going to work out really well
not that kind of trust it's like i think this is what i thought to be working with
i think this is my husband
i think this is my wife i think this is my mother i think this is my son i think so
i trust that i'm going to work with this not they're going to be nice i don't know what they're gonna be more like i trust that they're going to continue to be given to me
i'm gonna keep get i'm gonna keep receiving what's being given to me i trusted and i keep having things given to me
i trust that and i trusted this is my job
this is my job and other words back to again i there's an obligation here
because this is my assignment time it's it's i'm impelled to deal with this and
can start up and try not to argue about it
hint and then except my risk accept this and then market start responding actually accepting it isn't the beginning of my responding to with to was giving and it's beginning of my responding to the teaching that this has been given and it's the beginning of the practice of responding by being generous and again ethical and patient
with the pain
the pain of this road the pain of appearances
and the pain of how hard it is to learn is just practice of compassion and how and my present state of understood my present level of skill to be patient with that
because that's also given
and to be careful and kind and not controlling a my level of skill
and other people's level of skill
now and be patient with no matter how slow everybody is at learning to be compassion mit towards what towards what's been given towards
our obligation or assignment our life
i'm gonna say this new khatami later whether you i would've been better not to say there once was a movie called the witches of eastwick and it was but these ladies who are witches and i don't remember exactly but they did some of their magic and they they
they created an alternative world in which a devil appeared for the devil appeared
they they
they created disappearance of a devil and one of the things i remember the devil sang and of course the devil is played by jack nicholson
he said the hand
is dealt from above down here we play the odds
he was a good card player
i know it's hard to see that he was practicing compassion so that the alternative world creating practice i'm talking about is the practice that emerges from practicing compassion towards a given world
it's not them it's not the real world is just the given world and the given world is the appearance of our life the road
so i practice compassion towards the road and then we're ready to ah
so i'm saying trust and the next practices relax but in terms of the six bodies after practices
the relax is the beginning of concentration practice of tranquility of being focused one of the qualities of concentration is to be focused of course most people would think that but it's a relaxed focus it's an open focus
it's gotta be open because we want to be open to the possibilities the vast possibilities of what of what's been given here
want to be opened to the possibilities of creating alternative worlds which will help us be free of the given world
what we're already free gives me are already free of the given world
but when we create alternative worlds we realized that we're free
we realize that we're not just a thing nodded not just determined
and before we practice relaxation is really good to develop some enthusiasm for relaxing to think about that actually it would be good to be relaxed
an alert
and com
that would actually would be good
the to actually feel really enthusiastic about being really concentrated again concentrated dash focused dash open relaxed flexible alert and bright those are different that fills in the picture
what i mean by
concentration and in that openness there is a playfulness with what
with the road
there isn't like necessarily trying to destroy the road so we can get back to the river and satisfy our hunger
because that's how saying to somebody little while ago this hunger will not be satisfied because the hunger comes from
the road
when you understand the road is not just satisfy the hungry
there's no hunger
you just in the river it just realized the river again which is always there
so it isn't that this is going to satisfy the hunger is going to liberate us from the hunger
even while the road and the hunger are still there
so these people i talked about last week that create create this alternative world of deadwood south dakota when the show's over there still living in l a
there are a little bit free or a lot free
and then they scurry back to korea an alternative world the next day
concentration is both relaxed and concentrated and focused it's also starts to play with things
and as we start to play with things then we opened the door to
not hurting the given world but clip but seeing that without moving at are changing it at all we do the a playful attitude starts to develop without
without meddling
don't you don't have to meddle with them with the thing the hardness that we actually like kind of to hold i couldn't get ahold of it not meddling and yet developing a playfulness
and the playfulness will develop the ability
to see creation to participate in creation and when we start participating creation we understand the road and when we understand the road would become free of the road and have the life which is like the river so now we have the life of freedom
and peace again
without breaking
the bond with the road
he's married fact we we make new roads were making new roads now alongside the on the road to forgiven and and when those new world at the moment as route new worlds manifest in creation are given to but we understand that they
and they certainly weren't determined because we participated in their undetermined
creation and then they are given us and then so on so
a starter for tonight
honey response or questions about that

in the first gross i said sometimes beings can stay in the river can't stand to stay in the river right

well one story this story is coming to you on the road right
you're gonna be able to this road will appear this story will appear to your now in the story is that
some of the beings who are living in the river or who are living in this who were some living beings some
non buddha living beings
which are called sentient beings they are addicted to
being addicted to certainty they're uncomfortable with uncertainty
they're addicted to certainty the budaj said you know when the buddhist first teaching of boody said
there's two extremes which i have found a way to avoid one is the addiction to sense pleasure and the other is the addiction to self mortification
one is the addiction to self concern and the other is the addiction to self denial the buddhist i i find a way to avoid those addictions
in the river were not addicted to stop concern or self denial and the river their self concern himself denial ten the river
but it's kind of like not that clear where it is and where it isn't
i saw some self concern but i wasn't sure who is it was but anyway i i took good care of it
and now it seems have time for self denial so we'll have low self denial
in other words you in the river you hear you deny
you're on welfare when it's appropriate and you to carry yourself when it's appropriate and you're not addicted to one side of the other or both
that's the way it is people have trouble with that because they have become addicted to
self concern and in order to live the addiction of self concern it really helps to be clear about what the which which self as yours and which is not yours which is other and
and so sentient beings have this this addiction or this habit
i'm not tolerating ambiguity
life is partly
you know
well it's considerably ambiguous
life is considerably ambiguous there is on clarity and central banks non voters
and and even great bodhisattvas are still sentient beings have trouble with uncertainty with ambiguity they like to get a hold of things and if and when the mind that likes to get a whole thing's runs into the river it turns it into like it makes a beginning in our birth and death so and then or now
now we're suffering but you know things are not quite as intensely ambiguous
and you know now things are establish now we got a world
and and now here in that in that row we hear the teaching this world is given which is given by it's not it's is given by
the mind of sentient beings is what gives it without that mind does not really a world
the world is more like an it's more informed
you know like a river
some most people can't stand the ambiguity of our actual wonderful life
so we're trying part of practice on the road is to learn
road practices
appearances that we can work you know how to learn how to work appearances of how to work with appearances stories of how to work with stories like an appearance of generosity and appearance of ethics and appearance of patient's appearance of concentrates we use these appearances
to address the appearances in such a way that we can develop the ability to stand ambiguity
i'm not knowing
you know pretty really clearly that others are not ourself
and also not knowing really clearly that others ourself others are myself yes but that sort of ambiguous it's ambiguous others are myself
and it's it's an it's also an ambiguous i am myself and it's an ambiguous others are not me and as an ambiguous others army or everything's ambiguous and one of the main things that becomes ambiguous is myself
it's kind like
i approach myself through you
i developed that ability
and that's the way life in the river is a most people do not have that training they've done it on so they have to train a long time to be able to stand exposure to the river but again exposure to the river the river is not out to eliminate the road the river has no agenda to likes stop road building
or reject sentient beings who can't stand it
our life generously accepts our lack of generosity and generously accept our generosity our life accepts our life
and if we can accept our life
then i won't be hungry anymore
will be free and at peace
so the river
it has the city is difficult for us in that way
and we're training to be able to if it was offered to us we could say yes
and and yes and yes
but both those worlds exist together
the world where
ah you know the world that you're born of and the world you're born into they exist together or rather not so much that goes to the worlds but being born of the world and been born into the world live art live together
having all things come forward
the and then as everything comes forward realized the birth of yourself
and feel like you're here and you're going forward towards all things those to live together at the same time
no one's called enlightenment and the other one's called delusion but they're not separate
you know each of us is in the middle of
enlightenment and delusion and in a way don't take this seriously this is the story and in a way
enlightenment like
it is given
it just what not just what's actually been given and delusion is kind of like the fact that enlightenment is not determined
you don't have to be enlightened
enlightenment is undetermined even though it's completely given
so delusion is kind of like our freedom
and what can be better to be free from
what what could be more important to be free from then enlightenment
i mean being free of delusions good i know that that makes sense but it's even better to be free of enlightenment
and lot of such similar to your question why would anybody want to be free be not be in the river
but i remember i warned you don't take what i just said seriously don't tell people
what i just said okay even not even though you're going to put this on the internet
any other
kenny other responses to this
to these statements to these appearances which i offered

when i say about determinism
i mean you know
determined like
strict to turn
because i'm not saying there's no determining i'm just saying things aren't completely determined that another words search for him possible possible freedom

well you know you you you could practice you just that you'd have to you would you would if you're determined to and if you weren't you wouldn't and also wouldn't make any difference whether you were deprived to not so that's why the buddha i don't think did teach strict determinism because it would make it would make our to call he would make
misery and and freedom r bondage afraid freedom not wouldn't make any sense wouldn't be any
addiction or freedom from addiction if things were determined
pardon we said louder please

no there wouldn't be any freedom if if there was determinism he just would have to be the way you are and there'd been no choice you'd be given and i began the story we'd be given undetermined
so you wouldn't be free
but also you would mean you wouldn't even be bound because they've be no time they've been no alternative see say when be in bondage
i heard a story that the word freedom with first appeared in western culture among female slaves in greece
the the oppressive mail
a population of greece didn't didn't think about freedom they just went around dominating people
they didn't feel you know oppressed and and bound the women thought of it is a freedom sounds like a good idea
and also one time friend of mine
when to paul and teaches then he said you know usually go to the you come off airplane you get off the plane there's some maybe there's somebody there to meet you when you get off the plane to know if you've come to a foreign country to teach the somebody to meet you and take you to the zen center or whatever and and usually you know are sometimes the person who is waiting for you
will signal you by bowing to you and i'll see you know which person among them
among the crowd was there to meet you a buddhist signal i'm here for you see my palms joined he said he came off the plane you live try and look for the person who is picking him up and everybody to
irvine the airport was there to pick him up
not everybody in poland was there to pick them up but everybody airport in poland was there to greet him it was like you know he was the beatles or something
and then we we've talked about and why did why doesn't the polish people are so interested in zen and somebody said because they know they're they know they're in bondage
they know they're in prison so they're really interested in liberation
so we fortunately no we're in bondage said so we're instant liberation and we accept that were in bondage so we can be free the people who don't accept their in bondage
either they're not
namely the buddha's or they're just not noticing
bring on abandoned you if it if it wants to come
we will welcome it cause it's
when there's that then there's also freedom if you take the bondage away there's no freedom
where do you have then

love is bondage
willingly accepted by the fruit yeah right
so the free
except as one exception that the boot
the buddha's but bodhisattvas
i willingly and knowingly enter into bondage out of love did you say willingly and lovingly you just say willingly
or love you just say love yeah
yeah love is bonded willingly accepted by the three
for freedom is lovingly and willingly accepting bondage
that's a bodhisattva vow i vow to enter the realm of bondage in order to help other beings be free
and if it takes a long time i'm up for it long as they need hey
i'd love to help them
so we're not rushing this
bodhisattvas come into the realm of bondage to play and to teach other people to play so we can create alternative worlds together
but again not to destroy the bondage
on until everybody was free and then like they'll be different but until then we need the bondage
to show people how to deal with it
people who are in bondage you don't even know about it we need to have it
the collection
somebody's in prison and you say to them and i'm having a hard time here in prison so when talking about when you talk about prison i just feel like i'm trapped here
when you're not trapped you live in america you're not we don't have bondage in america i feel like i am you're crazy and then you walk away in the person says a why why do they talk like that
and they aren't time
we have lot of time
so no rush to say anything
yes marianne
is your name mary ann still usually marianne
okay great
is is codependent origination the same as depends
well yeah but i wouldn't burn what you mean by dependence so if i said yes but we do you mean something with something different from dependent or arising when you say dependence

sometimes the pinnacle arising is used in a technical sense which means showing the origin
a birth and death from ignorance karma
the arising of consciousness which creates the you know which creates the road and then craving and clinging than more birth and death that's that's one of the that rendition of that story of the birth of bondage and suffering that sometimes called the pinnacle arising but the pinnacle rising is in another way
is just phrased as depending on this this arises in the absence of this this season's as a simple version of it
yeah so depending on
a mind that is untrained and has difficulty dealing with
non-duality for example
mine which has difficulty dealing with in the intensities of intimacy
and has a habit of trying to create separation as a as a technique of defense or in hopes that st nicholas would soon be here
that habit
is depending on that habit there arises
a world of craving and clinging which then drives more of the same
that's we're talking about here

crazy or something of addiction addiction or yeah like like i just said you know i've enjoyed i've enjoyed pointing out that
the you know
caring for you for your own well being
the buddha do not say don't care about yourself
adjusting your posture
to a more comfortable position the bulletin didn't they don't do that
eating when your blood sugar levels getting so low that you can barely
stam anybody
the bulletins they're not to eat matter of fact
it clear that the buddha eight before and after she was enlightened the buddha eight food
the buddha took care of herself
but would it wasn't addicted to eating the buddha wasn't addicted to take care of herself of course the boot also was taken care of everybody that she met
but she wasn't addicted to it
she can take care of yourself instead sometimes
go take a walk all by yourself and leave the students on their own for a while so being addicted to taking care of others is one extreme i'd like to turn robotic altruism is an expert is an addiction some people are like it or like
a robot helpers helper robots they can't they can't stand the ambiguity of not helping people and some people are self centered robot robotically self centered they're addicted to thinking about their own pleasure all the time rather than what that be nice i think i'll do that
and then somebody say let's not and they say why not and he said because it wouldn't be helping this okay
there's no craving they just do what seems appropriate
in other words are not addicted
addiction have the rude i think of the work in order to be devoted
it's a kind of devotion
that gets rigid
so then it
it obscures our relationship with playfulness and relaxation and creativity and understanding and freedom and peace said enough
you're getting playful their be careful

yeah if you yeah exactly you're right if you are addicted i would encourage you to be addicted
yes as she said
realize that your addiction is given and also don't forget the teaching even will even though you're addicted you can still remember that although it's your addiction is completely given
it's been presented to you you should accepted
you are not determined you can be free
but you're not going to be free if you don't accept your addiction people who are while you know people everybody in the family thinks the person's addicted but they don't there are other people are kind of maybe pretty good accepting it
and being kind of free but the person is not getting it not understanding how they're accepting her addiction is an opportunity for them to be creative and and free they're not joining the wonderful program of happiness because they won't admit they're addicted the other people were admit have admitted their they're addicted so they look like they're not
they look like they're not they look free but actually they're addicted
not actually just apparently if you look carefully but also they're free
so you're right that's what i would have said
we do you


well gaining idea when it's like a habit
but you can have a gaining idea if not a habit you just like you could think oh i think i go up the stairs it'll be a gain an altitude
you could think that and i could say would you please not got the stairs and helped me with this for a little while and you could say okay

people are generally speaking
into gaining more of what they want
they they they often think of what they want as a game rather than just what they want then they add on to it that it's again
and they're dipped in their front in their habitually do that so that makes their desires kind of a addictions rather than just desires
yeah so we say desire craving you know
excessive desire rather just i desire but
it's because it's given to me i can't i can't decide what a desire just given to me but i can work with such a way that there's not there's no determination that the that the situation is undetermined because we had we and we and we have a responsibility
the to take care of this desire to relate to it in an ethical way and there's our freedom
and gaining idea can pop up there and we can relate to that and find our freedom regaining idea beginning idea kind of maize habit
and we should do the same with habits

yeah the addiction is more basic than than the craving
so the addiction is like the
now i don't think so i think the same ethics relate to both does the addiction is more like were a dick
the addiction is more like not being willing to stand ambiguity
you know addiction is more like trying to get a hold of things then once you get a hold of them you got a road your success and now you're hungry
because you just divorce yourself from your life by successfully getting hold of your life and now you're strangling it with this because of is addiction
so now you're not really really hungry and then all kinds of stuff happens from there but the ethics should be practiced with everything
in it but the root thing is this clinging in this rejection of intimacy and rejection of
of how of non separation rejection of of non-duality in in our life
when we had this habit
a being that way because we've done in the past and and so we have to that we really need to accept
where you know that that we have this happen and then if we can accept it we can become prevalent
yeah and not try to destroy the road destroying the road destruction is as common as road building
and road destruction is not is another type of road it's another type of alienation and but

i'll tell me about the different well
more generous with the addiction and with something to a new with the craving you should be generous in both

what generosity is basically you know i'm just welcoming was being given an ethics is is is getting into some discrimination about what it is now there's been given and what's appropriate to do with it and and help us to be alert to this to to the either the addiction or
the craving now we're going to look at and be careful of it so the thing we're being careful of is different but the the techniques of carefulness and conscientiousness and gentleness and so on those techniques
i'm pretty much interchangeable with everything
yeah right
yes and our first meeting of the series

do i try to create havoc
seems awful
could you hear it he said
so like ah
i see how i don't know where to practice generosity so we'd like to have the generosity be stable in on and consistent we would like that
so i say yes we do on the generosity and be stable and consistent and widespread we do want that but it really is best
if it's stable and widespread but not a habit
in other words that is connected to
that is flexible that it's open that it's not we're not trying to determine we're not trying to turn the generosity thing on channel g and keep it there we wanted to be consistent we wanted to be all pervasive we want everyone to join it but we also under
stand that clinging to that is antithetical to it the clinging to generosity is something to be generous tours but generosity does not claim to generosity generosity gives generosity away with the understanding that
the relinquishing generosity promotes it
so we don't really want to make a habit
out of a good thing
we want to make habits or bad things
i mean we being sent him beings wanna make a habit out of separating themselves from
non-duality they want to do that because they've done it in the past so they feel impelled to do that but we also feel impelled
to be ethical and to find freedom and peace we feel that
and not being attached to these good practices is
his part of them as part of generosity and generosity applied to ethics is to not there's there's a there's a type of wrong view and early buddhism and also is in the the later practices which has called the wrong view of clinging to the conventional
view of ethics sheila bharat the i'm marsha
which means clinging to your idea of ethics
are clinging to your idea of been kind to your cat
that is a wrong view about the practice of caring for the welfare of the cat
so how can we be devoted to the welfare the cat and watch out for clinging to our idea of the welfare of the cat
that's a challenge there
how you done
it doesn't feel intuitive but
a good habit
better than i
this teaching
it does say that there's good habits and bad habits
and the good habits are the ones that get us ready to give up all habits
so if you put the seat belt on maybe you'll live a few more years and become even more enlightened than you are now so please
that's a good habit
good habits mean
habits conducive to freedom from habits
bad habits are habits
which interfere which go against freedom
listening to do to be a bitterly listened to the teaching is generally
i habit which is conducive to becoming free of habitually learning listening to the teaching
and so you can listen the team without being a habit but it may be that habitually listening to it has been a condition for a lot of people to become able to listen to it on habitually
good habit
i'm officially put your seatbelt on until the point you
as the present enough to not have to do it efficiently right
the car think about

you mean better than not doing it i think so see one the things about about the things that are conducive to enlightenment is they usually require attention
so that's part of is you're you're developing and ten attention attention by doing the things by developing skills for more skills come by practicing attention like again when i was looking at those musicians
you know who we're playing at the opera last night you know they've got their seat their music their and these people can read that music there these are highly trained human beings they can read that music and play you know and i was watching this woman play the harp and huge issue
the and that kind of attention
is conducive to liberation the attention attention attention attention attention and then suddenly this you're actually playing the harp you know and you're not any longer you know it's not a habit even though you learn this piece kind of habitually
but now i'm certain point you've gone beyond the habit and now it's like you're really in concentration and there's no separation between the harpist in the harp you know about
yeah yeah try to be really attentive and if you get super attentive
to put your seat belt on
they've been it will be done
by the river
say say say
did you have your hundred and raised


the sphere
so he's giving you got what you got the fear of the river and then why don't you have
clinging to the road
you got the bondage of the road and and the fear of the river yeah
but okay you're feeling that way so you've got three things you got got the fear of the road rock and a hard place and
by are clinging to the road
fear the river clinging to the road and and bondage the road and
rock and are
yeah those are all those are all the road
that was
he said
i thought that
at peace with ambiguity

what does different from bondage peace peace feels never been bondage

yeah would again i said i'll say again
real peace dash freedom does not sever the bond
with the world of bondage doesn't separate from bondage if a separate and bondage it's not real freedom
like sharon was saying
it's free you know it's a love that's a piece with bondage
it's a love that's free with bondage
didn't it it
that's real freedom no separation between freedom and bondage is is freedom not tampering with bondage not tampering with fear
totally welcoming
and understanding
what it is because you can play with it and be creative with it
you're welcome thank you thank you everybody good night