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i feel moved to
say many things
one a some one thing i wish to say to you
it's a proposal that body suffers
what are body sought this again
enlightening beings what are enlightening games again
the palm
all of us
congrats congratulations
hi congratulations we had a bodhisattva vows ceremony here on the nineteenth of march and people made these vows they bowed to attain unsurpassed complete perfect enlightenment
ha in order to benefit all beings
they said
in a world without friends
i will be a friend in a world without protection i will be a protection
in a world with our refuge i will be a refuge
can a world without
oh i will be a home made by was i that does your bodhisattva vows bodhisattvas are
vowing beings beings and vow they vow they make this great vows okay
so i propose to use that bodhisattvas
her devoted wholeheartedly for caring
for all living beings
and that may not be a surprise to many of you write for permitted may propose a sector
the bodhisattvas to be hum
vowed to care for everything
all living beings of course but they're divided take care of everything because bodhisattvas
do not dwell and discrimination between things
does something appeared to be not a living being
they wouldn't really dwell in the appearance of that thing not being a living being and they would take care of that too
sunshine and in particular i suggest a bodhisattva is devoted to words
so i imagine if i save a bodhisattva is devoted to all the welfare of all beings
you might not be surprised but maybe you surprised if i say a bodhisattva is devoted to words mustn't say all words
a body sought for is devoted to her breathing
she hadn't voted to her inhalations and exhalations perhaps is is that not surprising to you
the body suffers are devoted to their breathing or you're not surprised
not surprised
he reminded too
someone ah
i got a message that somebody's mother had fallen and broken our hips i called the person to check to see how he was
and after to me about how he's take care of his mother he said i wanna thank you for saying the same thing over and over to us
without ever getting bored
it just so wonderful the year he always seem to enjoy to sing the same thing over and over
bodhisattvas are devoted to all beings boys aren't as are devoted to all words
or in addition to that they do not dwell in the beings that they are devoted to
their whole wholeheartedly devoted to all beings and they did not dwell in anything even the beings that they're devoted to
so maybe a simple to understand that their devotion to the welfare of all beings their willingness to do anything to help people that sounds like compassion
but they also practice wisdom and they prefer they practice the perfection of wisdom says their compassion is unhindered and the perfection of wisdom is
not dwelling the perfection of wisdom is not dwelling in anything
the perfection of wisdom is not dwelling in anything and if we're not dwelling in anything that's the perfection of wisdom bodhisattvas are committed to that practice to
so they take care of words
a take care of words wholeheartedly
unstintingly thoroughly carefully
compassionately and they don't dwell on them
decide those use words when up without dwelling on or body such as aspire to use words without dwelling in them and if they find themselves dwelling then they confess and repent
and go back to try to use whereas without dwelling in them

this is a proposal from me to you which you might not be able to find a and a scripture but what you can find in scripture is a bodhisattva who courses and perfect wisdom does not review any reality behalf
kind words
and in consequence does not dwell on them
that's from the project as from the perfection of wisdom and eight thousand lines
i will
i'll say it again i'll see a compact version of it now expanded the compact version of it is a bodhisattva where's the cost onto compassion and an unpack it and expanded twice a bodhisattva does not dwell in words
a bodhisattva who courses in the perfection of wisdom does not dwell in words
our body surfer who courses in the perfection of wisdom does not review any reality behind the words and in consequence does not dwell on
so basically bodhisattvas do not dwell on birds
they don't want anything and also they don't draw on words
bodhisattvas and course and perfect wisdom do not dwell on words
not dwelling and words is coursing and perfection of wisdom but it adds this thing the body surface who are crossing and perfect wisdom do not review a reality behind the words and in consequence of that they don't dwell in
so there's a and has no instruction in there in addition to the instruction of bodhisattva don't dwell on anything in addition joseph
instruction that bodhisattvas have no abode in words it says they don't review a reality behind them and that way of looking at words is conducive to not dwelling on them
and it's quite difficult to learn how to do that
easier yeah
yeah well as here's an example

i don't remember exactly when and happen i think it might have happened on thursday
i think might have happened a desert is a class and in berkeley at the yoga room
on the mother of our borders which is what
the perfection of wisdom
and i think was after the class
i'm not sure and i sort of had my eyes closed
and this thought came in my this thought arose in my mind
i i not meant for develop was i'm tired
or if it was i'm hungry
but it really seem like i was there being tired
it really seem like i was that there was somebody who was me who was there who was tired it really seem real
but i remembered the teaching which is
the body sat the doesn't review a reality behind the words
what are the words i'm tired
but it seemed like there was actually something in addition to the words i'm tired
it did is like i'm tired like i'm tired and the somebody
they're in addition to i'm tired
rather than i am tired is actually
the picture of me
that the me is i'm tired if you take away the i am tired that would be no me there
when you bring in the word i'm tired effective really out if somebody there and it's it seems like the somebody's more than those words i'm tired bodhisattvas do not reviewed that there's somebody in addition or behind or underneath or next door to i'm tired but i'm
tired seems it seems sorry i was shocked i thought wow hope
that really seemed sincerely like this somebody there that's more than just the words
and i i thought wow
but the tc says
that these words are a pictorial
but that didn't know that the sense of me that was there is a pictorial represent representation
of how words work words can actually conjure up a sense of somebody's there
and there is that the are the words and is the conjuring
the world but there's nothing behind the conjuring that's the teaching from is perfect wisdom
i hope you guys some good exercise there
does not see does not imagine
does he could say view meme that's easy for you but the the translation that the i have here is as review
no other way they don't they don't view and they don't new again
what do they view a reality behind the words
if we look into ourselves we may see a picture of somebody there
it seemed like is somebody there who's talking or listening or sitting
and that picture is a representation of the way our
our words our grammar operates
the pictures it appears in mind of the self is a picture of a turn of up the words
but most people think there's somebody in addition to the
the doctor the picture of the person is something in addition to the words
the body sought this train at the teaching
of there isn't something behind the words there isn't something behind the picture of the person and the picture of the person when when i said i'm hungry or i'm tired whatever was
guy with blonde hair blonde wavy hair
which i used to have there wasn't a picture i love bald bald man there wasn't a picture of a lovely young woman or an old lady there wasn't a picture of a muslim man or an emaciated
demented old man there was no pictures of man there was just all there was at that moment in the consciousness in terms of the salient thing was i'm tired and i seem really sincere and it seemed that there was somebody there
and i really kind of felt like it's something more than just i'm tired but again if you take away the i'm tired
there was there would be nobody there
there is somebody there but all it was was i'm tired
the identity of that person was those words i'm tired and generally people think there's something more to the person then words
so that's part of what i want to start by talking to a bug
yeah so
how i would think i have a seat up in little practice for you which is count the number of times you raise your hand
in the future probably you didn't count earlier right
three noise about six or ten how many times as you raise your hand three having she was only three
but just for your information i was counting
holy know just counting i was not adding subtracting multiplying or dividing which i could get into i mean does it take before a
there's no there's no such thing isn't something by want you know i am i am sometimes aware of some things but if you think if you think that i'm not aware you can scream
or you can even if you think and i where you can tell me to somebody is raising their hand because sometimes i miss it
like if i was raising her hand i might have missed it did you raise your hand
but i saw karen and barbara guess barber
when you said natalia i'm not telling you to reduce the number of times i'm just suggesting you be aware
that see if in your consciousness you see yourself raising your hand and notice how many times yes when you say i'm hungry i'm hungry is what i must say just second to second i want to point out she said when you say
so they weren't there the words i'm hungry the words i'm hung reality though feed yourself with a body that's a reality or so words aren't an illusion they in that moment i'm hungry is real words are conventional truth
and the statement i'm hungry is is really those words but it's not really hunger
the it's not really hunker there's no like reality hunger this but you know
and there's not a and there's not a reality of the i am hungry in addition to the words i'm hungry
and when i and one and when that statement i'm hungry arose in in the mind in the consciousness
i did not think at that time i said that
that i didn't that i didn't do i could have i could have thought oh i'm saying i couldn't say i say i say i'm hungry i could have said that
or somebody else going to set i didn't say a live for somebody somebody who read my mind can say you said i'm hungry but in this particular example there was just i'm hungry for i'm tired
and it was really sincere whatever it was and it but but i was struck because i just done this class
on perfect wisdom and there was exactly what i saw what bodhisattvas do not view
i was not looking with bodhisattva eyes but the teaching showed me that the eyes i was looking what will that we're here is a since the sincere statement i'm tired so sincere
but there was no sincere person in addition to those words but it seemed like there was and if i it's so real and that is part of our life is that it seems so real that there's something in addition to our action
the self
in consciousness is an actor and the actor often thinks that their actions are something in addition to them
but of course you can't have an actor without the actions you take away the action you lose the actor
they're not too different things
but an action his coffin
i'm practicing zen
but in ten in zen
we say that the i'm practicing sanders no self in addition to that that is myself
and the south is just words it's not that we don't know thyself assisted yourself is not an addition
to what the self seems to be saying
also but just popped into mind was and i have said what just popped in my mind
but i ended it for your sake i said what pumped into consciousness was one time in japan and again i could say one time when i was in japan
i experienced a thought and thought was
no don't collide anybody speak japanese you
noda kuwait that they start arose in the mind
and i thought are there was the thought see there was the thought but in consciousness
when there is a thought is like i thought her i think i thought what does that mean
that japanese word i didn't know what it meant
does your husband speak japanese
zama zama but she doesn't speak japanese don't be confused

know the co-writer i could die die i knew it was japanese but i didn't know what it meant
and this
this thing arose in my mind and i didn't think at that time i thought that or i said that i didn't think that it was like a visitor but that was who i was at that time i was
thinking the thought
and i didn't know what the thought were the words meant and then i remember what the words meant it literally means throat is dry nodal his throat coweta no item is has become dry the throw has become dry it's a japanese
expression for i'm thirsty
the throat is thirsty and then
when i found out what i meant i realized
i was thirsty
my study of japanese had produced the right words
for me at that time
from my body i didn't know if the words meant when i found out what they meant i thought i found a oh yeah
and then idea in english i'm thirsty
but in all these cases in noida co-writer
in seeing what it meant and then to say it an english in all these cases the bodhisattva does not review a reality
to the to the thirsty ness or to the person who's thirsty that's behind the words and that's what it takes that trainings what it takes to not abide in i'm thirsty i'm tired
so good luck
see you in nirvana
john ah said that ceci
yes sir you said that the
some was an actor
i was wondering that if you could say that
the self is a for the self is not a now
so no i won't say that how i say this offers a process
but i won't even say it's not unknown because nouns or can be in the process
i hit the ball
you cannot say i hit but the noun is someone implied you hit something
so you can put them on and or not but the there's often nouns even if you don't say them
so the process can include verbs nouns subjects objects the noun a non can be the object of the subject
the fool
a function of language and grammar can occur
and the bodhisattva does not reveal herself behind it and the self is in that process of language it's in it is not behind it and also
does not a there's not a reality of the action behind the action of the words of the action
i practice then does not a practice of zen behind those words
there's not a self practices and behind those words the practice of zen is
perhaps it is sometimes involves a i practice and or i would like the practice and i aspire to practice and other ways i aspire to say i aspire to zen without thinking that there's something in addition to what just been said that's practicing zen and she's say that spread since then there's
not as and in addition to that statement
zen is realizing that doesn't know zen in addition to the words and
there's no santa center in addition to their words and center
and yet the words and center or the word know about temple
in the mind makes a picture
and there it is now can you see that that picture is a representation of the word it's a picture that's evoked by the word know aboard
monastir know bowed hermitage know abode sondra
can you see the what can you see the pictures know boys song i can you say the picture
i can see the know boy sanga
and i can also say that there's a temptation and certainly a strong habit to think that there's some sanga in addition to the word know boy sanga
but there is a recognition of the episodes
there's a consciousness
it brings his picture of the song together
sorts for some recognition that are typically even though they're still faces behind it
let's just talk
the buddhist sank and that picture is just talk
that's it was a that picture all this thing all the phenomena that are appearing in consciousness
i'll just talk he doesn't say reality is just talk
he sang that the appearance of things in consciousness or just talk and if you can accept that and understand that you're open to reality which is not just talk
but the word reality it just a word and there's no reality behind the word reality
the word buddha this is just a word and have no buddha there's no reality a a behind the word buddha understanding that is what we generally call buddha

yes brick

you know what that is right
it's a word
and we're devoted to that word
how's how's how's this relate to the resulting action so
arises yeah
but action pursuant to that thought
so there's nothing behind
worse hunger
wait there's no reality behind the word hunger in a sense does no reality to the word hunger in addition to the word hunger but there there are it's not that there's nothing behind it because it causes and conditions with give rise to i'm
there's causes and conditions in this case of gave rise to know doco aita which gave rise to i'm thirsty so but doesn't that that cause or process is not behind the words it's how the words are made
but the words themselves this the reality of of words that does not come from that there's something behind it so again the meaning of the process
of my body the meaning of it was not a co-writer
i'm thirsty the meaning that's a meaningful to you but there's not a thing behind the and at your life at that moment
of making sense of your body by the words i'm hungry there's nothing behind those were his hungry
i'm hungry there's nothing behind that word i'm hungry but there is a causal process that gives rise to it there's nothing behind yourself but there's a causal process which makes it
so myself was right there when i said i'm tired he was right there
and as a cause a process which which led to that linguistic statement and is also a causal process which leads to the i feeling that there's somebody more than that there's got the words i heard i heard the words i i didn't say a lot i heard the words in my mind i'm tired a very sincere he
event in my life
very real
and that's those words were a causal process
and and the self that i was who i was was the i'm the i'm hungry that's why was
and the cause of process which made me be that way
but i'm playing to his there's also the feeling that there was somebody in addition to the person who was feeling was having an experience was having an idea and there isn't there's not there's nobody behind i'm hungry
can you take away the i'm hungry there's no person the person has action actor has action
but it's a process and you can't get ahold of the person aside from the action but we if you think that there's a person in addition to the action it's i'm hungry is an action
if you think there's a person in addition to it
that's the mistake
like if you think there's a person in addition to the action the south has actions but the self is not an addition to the actions if the self has no actions it doesn't exist but as you may able to look look inside and notice the
you do have the action of thinking that you do things
you can see how i think i do things i think i think therefore i am
to me i think therefore i do i think therefore i am but i now we say now but i am nothing but the i is nothing in addition to the thinking that's the buddhist part
thinking is arising yeah previous

gave rise to this person who was tired
so i'm thinking about how those two things
very moment
things are rising
cause and effect
that brings that certain form to it at that time yes
so you wouldn't you wouldn't call that
the personally in the way that were so anyway i'm that point because you things are together i i i wouldn't at this point anyway can respond to your question i wouldn't say that the causal process
that led to the thought i'm what i'm tired or i'm hungry i wouldn't say that that cause of process is a person i wouldn't say that
maybe later i will say it but right now i'm not going to say it
so the causal process that leads to the thought in my mind or yours i'm tired i'm hungry i'm sad because of process which leads to that is the buddha has taught it's inconceivable
the causal process the karmic causal process that leads to the arising of i'm
is inconceivable just like you know i know quite how did that happen well i studied japanese for a little while and also i went to japan
and to in japan i thought no co-writer
but the cause of process by which how i got on the airplane i studied japanese in the united states in america all that stuff how it all works together so that you can speak japanese
or speak english
and how you do we do not have lunch and how you do do not go to the yoga room and give a class
and you know energetically talked to people
and then go get in your car where the thought arises i'm tired or whatever it was he could have been tired or hungry or thirsty
all this could have i remember which one it was but they would all be not too surprising thoughts what was surprising about it was number one the whole hearted sincerity of i'm
but it was just it was vividly sincere and then when the noticing that i thought there was somebody in addition to it what led to that you could is inconceivable however
talking about what i talked about in the class was a condition for it
but not every time that you'd go to a class and talk about this very thing do you then get in your car and pops up a perfect example of it he actually a perfect counterexample
so now i say a bodhisattva does not view a reality behind her words you hear that teaching i said it several times today but then later during lunch or during work period
the thought might arise in your mind i'm
touching the earth with my hands and you might it might be really sincere and you might say and i think there's something behind this be this i think of somebody more than the statement i'm
touching the earth so you can say the conditions for that insight have something to do with hearing this teaching but how does that work i don't know
how does it work that we have words for our bodily state while the basic theory is he got a body and the body has evolved to have cognitive processes which serve the body which make images of the body and then that cognitive process developed to a point where created consciousness
and then consciousness we have this wonderful idea of an actor and an action
but in this in the body does not an idea of an actor and action in an unconscious process there really isn't any appearance there's a concept mimi but there isn't the appearance of an actor and action and they certainly don't appear to be separate when the bodies moving is not like this somebody in addition
to this movement but in the mind is that you can say or yeah i'm moving it looks like that but what i'm saying here is the appearance of the movement is linguistic it's the way grammar works
and it's a it's a reality
it's conventional truth it is true that there does seem like there's somebody who's hungry and but that somebody was hungary is a picture of i'm hungry
a beautiful
vivid picture i'm hungry
and the teachers says now what do you think that that i'm is an addition to that picture and
yeah and you think that the pictures in addition to the words yeah well this is saying it's not in addition
ha i want to tell started me for lunch so i see some people raising their hands who did you count them the times he wished does you conscience number to thank you so here's the story
which also i told i have a memory there's a memory here is a memory in the mind i have the memory