No Abode Dharma Talk - July 10th, 2021, Afternoon

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The first in-person gathering at No Abode since 2020

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in this chant we didn't which we often do it the beginning of the day
are talking about
that when we ah
meet the world the meet the dharma the true dharma
we will be able to let go of worldly affairs
like let go of sentimental compassion and let go of the compassion which is illuminated by wisdom
holding onto those things is a worldly affair
will be able to let go of are clinging when we see when we hear that your dharma when we meet it and then we can maintain the border way and then it says although our past evil karma has greatly
could also be translated i guess however our past karma may have greatly accumulated
and ah
becoming the cause and condition of obstacles in practicing the way of great compassion
and it says may all buddhas and ancestors who have attained the motorway be compassionate to us and free us from karmic effects
to practice the way without hindrance
so that way of putting it makes us navy doesn't maybe sounds a little bit like we're inviting the buddhism ancestors to
be compassionate to us as there's fine to me
don't know it also seems fine to me generally speaking to ask you to be compassionate to me
but where we can we can also be careful not to put this separate from ourselves or outside of ourselves
so when karmic obstructions come up
i think we could say make compassion
come to this situation
may they be compassionate to this to this obstruction to great compassion may they be compassion for this a mature
farm of compassion
and in that compassion the obstacle ah is liberated and we are liberated with the obstacle

there yeah when when when these things happen when people are cruel to us they offer us an opportunity
to be compassionate to join the compassion
with that person
are you could you could say that maybe you could say that i guess he's maybe he saying that buddhas are sending these people to us
to stimulate us to be compassionate

i wouldn't say so much that they're emancipating us but rather they're giving us an opportunity for emancipation
when people are cruel to me they're given me an opportunity for emancipation
by me responding to them compassionately
if i can respond to people
giving me a hard time with compassion this is the path to imagine a patient but not just freedom per se but freedom from obstacles and practicing the way it's not just to be free but it's safe to be free to practice the way which frees everybody
not just not just i'm going to be free of this of of this affliction
but by being compassionate to it i will be freed i will be free to practice the boot away that's what he says in the beginning this way to meeting the buddha dharma you renounce worldly affairs which is
doing things which obstruct the buddha way he renounced them when you see the truth when you were them then you can practice without hindrance and that practice doesn't deliberate you it liberates everybody

yeah so this view this view these devices are the universe's devices to teach us how to be buddhists
where being sent things to teach us how to be buddhists here's i'm here comes this big slap in the face
now this slap in the face is going to teach you how to be border
the to respond to the slap like a buddha would which might be like how
but know you will know and no and no but for compassion for the slap and the slapper
the buddha was
kind of mystery the historical buddha was mistreated and many zen ancestors have been mistreated and there were able to respond
with compassion
which was you can say an expression of they're already having attained way but also it's an expression of removing the hindrances to attain a practice in the way so the way would practice compassion towards these difficulties
and practicing compassion with these difficulties opens the way
it on that occasion is liberates us but it doesn't just liberate us from this particular problem
this particular pain it liberates us from obstructions to practicing buddhahood
and by the way it liberate us from this particular problem
so we can be joyful with this pain
because we respond to the pan with generosity and so on so we can be a joyful in the middle of pain plus not only does that happen and are we not harmed by the pain the pain doesn't harmless but we opened the way
the way
the buddha way which is not just for us becoming free

the boot away is
as you've heard me say is to question
everything and i hear you questioning this text
but also it would be the border way would not be to question this english text
and if possible question the japanese and see how the translation as but also question yourself
and is it possible to question yourself and still say what you said
i hope so because i wouldn't want you to question yourself in into site into not being able to express yourself
i would go yeah i can say i'm question about i'm questioning you can you question yourself when you express your views
that's my question to you i'm not tell you to throw you would do his views out the window
buddhism wants to be questioned
and so i feel you're questioning
this expression of tories and jeez wow you're questioning i'm say tories and g what heights i've saved tories and you want you to question is this text and i'm saying thank you for questioning and other people say thank you for questioning then i also just by the way are you
so you're part of the buddha way to so you should be questionable also so
by questioning this by me questioning in a new questioning it this text can become a dharma gate and questioning it can include you questioning and also that you may make statements about it that can be part of it
if yeah if we have if we have no tax to question
if we if we had that situation which we don't we've got text the question right
then we might have to bring the chronicle in or something
if you know if we have none of us at any questions of anything about buddhism will than buddhism would be dead but we don't have that problem we've got stuff to question and now the questioning should be
no not a one-way street
but it

what was she yeah well
yeah she's question she's questioning
she's she's questioning that to so she's questioning the sphinx say it's all my fault
so does it say it's all my fault purchases say it's
what yeah
and so
that also needs to be interpreted
no it doesn't say that but it does say

so that slightly less it's all my fault
it is to it's to liberate us all
from our past karma and it's not saying is so that includes set what happens to me it's not just due to my karma it's due to all of our karma
so questioning it maybe it gives us to look at that
we are we are responsible for this situation
and any of any hindrance as to risen and in are dealing with the situation
is suggesting that practicing this way will free us
of hindrances in practicing the way
so and even the buddha doesn't doesn't say that everything that happens to you is due to your karma but your karma is one of them important things to look at
to study you can also become a meteorologist study that but we're fog focusing on on our action and not just my action but our action
and ah on
yeah i hoped it
we're also talking about this thing about
making an effort and they relaxed
can you make a big effort to do something and be relaxed
if you make a big effort and you tense up we often know how to do that right you make a big effort to to say something or express yourself and you're tense up and you can notice that tension and some people are concerned if you're not tense you might not be able to express
but i'm proposing that if you can if you have something to say that set being relaxed why you say it may make may help you say it more skillfully
you can make a big effort to express your questions about the teachings
wholeheartedly express it
and be all be tense about it and the attention may may of
not serve your expression so as not a part of the compassion is to be kind to the attention that comes when we express our concerns about anything including these teachings
and know and if there is tension to be kind to it to put it out therein
practice to
compassion with it
and then
notice that you can do the same thing again but now in a relaxed way and morph more
transformative in more liberating so i appreciate you bringing this up and
i hope that you keep bringing it up these kinds of things
i hope that you continue to bring it up and i hope that you keep that you keep by new way to relax when you bring it up because if you can relax you're going to be able to bring it up more if you're tense you might say it is just too painful and perhaps
you give up


know who

you could humbly bow down and say no you can do a humble prostration and say no
but the point is you're saying no but you're not it's not an arrogant know it's a humble know and a humble know might actually open the gates of compassion and other people's hearts
i am
i just want to say it that
olympic swimmers make a big effort
i don't know what they're saying you know when they make their effort but they really put their arms into the water and pulled really hard if if we did that with our arms are in our our our anja come out of the joint they make a tremendous powerful strokes
and they're like they're like the most powerful swimmers on the planet
and i will i heard people watching these people
he had this amazingly powerful swimmers they're all powerful and they say look who's the most relaxed
michael phelps
is there are other ones are just as powerful as he is but he's more relaxed so you can be more effective in expressing your vows if you're relaxed but we often are not relaxed and so we need to bring compassion to our lack of relaxation
to an able are expression not to suppress it


i changed like

and so

based on

be fine

thank you and i wanna say to you that i

for some reason other i liked to bring up difficult stuff
that's part of my situation i don't know if it's a karmic hindrance
it's kind of a joy to me to bring up difficult stuff and i find both of these chance difficult for people
this is difficult karmic obstruction is difficult
the pure and simple color practice is difficult or tories and she said when i read i go at what are you really saying that i could imagine that he is so worked up and his bodhisattva vow that he's become insane and says stuff
it's possible that he so such a fanatic bodhisattva that he can say that all harm that comes to him is coming to help him be free of his comic effect
the things are not coming these things are not coming because of his comic effect they're coming to help him with as comic effect
as another way to read it is not his fault
they're all this help is coming
but it's it's helped us coming to him to help him become free of his problems
not it's coming to him because he's been a bad boy
or not because we've been bad people but
i think that these topics are difficult and i hope that you keep questioning them even if you're comfortable with them
question so i thank you linda for your questioning and i also find this don't worry is angie
difficult to believe difficult to understand
and easy to question but not easy to question like it's easy to question but easy to have a question what's hard then is when you have a question to put it out there and to put it out there
in a relaxed
enlightened way and if not see how that feels and try again


but to really question yourself takes confidence and also you might say to really be question from your yourself to be questioned by others also requires confidence but confidence in what i would say confidence for starters confidence and quit the necessity of questioning
that you have confidence that if you try to practice according to your ideas of practice and you're not open to questioning that you couldn't that you're confident that that's gonna backfire
that that that would be self righteousness and that a great deal of the evils that are occurring in this country is because of people being
religiously self righteous they're not open to questioning
for me it's like do i have confidence in the necessity and the efficacy and the compassion of questioning
i do i think for me to practice ethics if i'm not open to questioning i would it it won't work for me to do ethics according to my idea and also to be questioned about how about whether questioning his is really necessary or helpful that would be also apply it does take companies but not too much
in me but maybe some people need more confidence in themselves to open to the teaching that questioning and being questioning and being questioned questioning myself questioning others others questioned me to see the that actually i can see that is
necessary competence in that and then me i don't have confidence that i'm going to be able to tolerate that
cause it's it's painful when your question
but it doesn't say questioning and you been comfortable with the questioning
so i don't actually i actually don't have i arrived would say not so much comfort i have some confidence that people questioned me i will have a hard time with that some of the time i'd have competence in that because i have allowed experience of that
and it makes sense to me because your worldview is being challenged or questioned
so i don't have confidence in i'm and i have an easy time in this question and answer
and i often think of the phrase fools rush in where wise where angels fear to tread so i'm the fool
i'm treading into text like this
i russian therein
and it's because i'm a fool an angel may not go anywhere near this text
but then who knows maybe they're actually hovering above the tech somewhere
helping us questioner but i'm not asking you to not i'm asking you to i encourage you to question these techs
and i and i i would like to i'm interested in in bringing things forward that are difficult
for us and i
i think i'm going to continue to wanna do that and i
and it's five o'clock
and i appreciate that you still want to keep talking
here we go
congratulations we we have
we we we we did it