Protecting and Liberating All Beings

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A residential retreat at Mount Madonna.

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i think it says on the schedule that is gonna be a closing ceremony now to say that closing circle
it's not a second circle
let's to a ceremony
a man that
now i'm encouraged heard elizabeth elizabeth
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you all are real
jc jc alma
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you wouldn't get lisa lisa
the elizabeth
tina turner
the end
suze says
can can barry valley
i'm john make a circle
okay so
sitting for starters please
that's my preference and it works



this this is fine for me it can be there can be circles within the circle

i picked them up


is there anything you'd like to bring up anything you'd like to offer
any questions
and in comments
so here
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sound recording

because there was somebody once said
many years ago i went to talk with it
in which said compassion veering right
you know


a misplaced were all of you to you
help me and my practice
the one thing was sniffing my mind from the teaching this
having passion means
cosmic consciousness
he had hearing the stories
offering to
you did
give me an opportunity to be
practice interviews
where your experience for what is rising
so you have very grateful for this happened
it's very
it was a lot i feel very full
why thanksgiving you know after initially too much food and swam and after lay down for good now i guess that digest everything
so i think you are

mecca a chair for christophe


so i i also wanted to offer my thanks to caring for bringing us here and ringing read here and to read far
offering the gift of himself to my mother
and through my mother to me

ah i had a is so meeting with her mother in india
because my mother when she saw reps
recognized and acknowledged that his a gift to the world

i just wanna say i'm i'm new to this saga and i felt very welcome and i really appreciate that and down there
the whole teaching of
intimate with
ah you uncomfortable
feelings in life karma is new to me into i'm looking forward to exploring that on thank you rob and thank you everybody
you can't

bay greetings everyone i too like all of you
yeah i just find the unbelievable opportunity at all be gathered together to study the dharma it's a very special that we studied together like this when i want it to i emphasizes how meaningful it is that all of us i know for myself have been able to talk to almost virtually everyone here about the things read this tea
ching checking out our stories sharing what's going on with us and my still in reality
we have you ever been around
anyway i'm grateful to all of you thank you


i seem to remember at a it teaching from early on which was something like birth and death in each moment
and during the pandemic up
i would get off the phone from some seeing someone or i would go to the grocery store and come back
and then there would be a fair amount of time before the next event happened and i thought of what is this feeling that's coming up
and it was a sadness at that arc of
imagining an event living in event and coming to the seeming end of the event at least that would be the story in my mind
and how it feel so sad
i can feel that and how as we've come through this particular event hum and i
don't want to really do anything with thank you

i'm also new to the sanga and it has been so and delightful to be
here and am i feel a a different quality of sanga than i have felt before i'm thank you for the invitation rub feeling how we support each other sitting becoming intimate
since i'm together who really have felt that in the welcome and in the presence
in saas an end in the dining room
and with all the sharing the walks in the conversations
and i hope this is an irreverent rather but i have always felt and felt again this weekend that i'm to still light when i hear you to eat and have had this thought here are my favorite comedian
i never laugh with such a joy and dabbed as when you are illuminating in your teaching and i i'm carrying that toy with me in this
i'm teaching an invitation to intimacy and compassion

then took me quite some time to
settling this this weekend the first few sessions
it took me a lot of concentration hearing and i so appreciate like this morning it was all crystal clear and could hear rape and everybody talking with this pattern and i noticed how much easier it is to to be attentive
and to be present when i don't have to constantly try to understand that the all what people say and be able being part of and my buddy
i just noticed sitting in the so-called now how deeply i'm touched us on
okay also feel the foreigners
the gratefulness and is also after all
almost two years not seeing people i live alone and was fate challenging like for many people in many ways i know and
he makes a huge difference for me to to be in the presence of real been directly
thank you very much thank you rep

i think the mind is
full of confusion
i've watched my mind and
i think i'm beginning to
be compassionate towards the confusion
when the support of olives olive you here
and sitting compassionately with the for aspects
and i'm speaking mainly of confusion
you've all helped me
to begin the process of the realization that
i can
it's not my confusion
impossibly i'm beginning to see that
i can't find confusion
in my mind
and i'm deeply grateful
thank you

and suzuki roshi didn't name you the whole works for nothing


i'm also are new to the sanger and or i'm thankful for how welcome in its bank and
yeah i've heard it said that practicing zion is being your true self
and been internet and for me sometimes that can be a challenge to appear in house trust in really been present and been in a contexts where you feel welcomed and the
there's a level of trust allows that to happen more readily in so i'm very thankful for that and so thank you for your teaching read and everyone else for your support

i was thinking how it's not only rare that very funny that def
if the work
but then i bet that i shouldn't take with microphone for their
it occurred to me there
the talking stick
and the circle
a how was very attached to the way i tired
because we made a circle
we had a practice of
i object to when your turn to talk and how lovely it built community
and the teaching i'm taking if have no preference if is the very hard teaching because check this out compared to do

clearly observe
that's funny

what's your name i forgot your name vivian yeah
i just wanted to
add my appreciation for especially for on marlena you here
vn at the end elizabeth for
i'm reminding us
aren't some of the suffering that isn't just individual and that is
you know structural or collective or
because it it's very common and easy for people who are specially who are quite privileged to
really be involved in
practicing for compassion then awareness
up a in our own lives
but thank you for bringing that larger life into the room
ah few times

it is listening ah
for this great assembly i am very grateful and i would also like to reflect on the enormous gift that you gave to us and zoom
weeks when i was very isolated
on saturday at ten or sunday at ten i could get your face
completely in front of me and often when i'm in a group like this i know you're talking directly to me and so then having you and i just there was also you talking directly to me and wrap i appreciated it
and continue to appreciate it so much although i love this opportunity it takes some time and distance for me to get face to face with you but i'm almost getting used to that facsimile
and i
have a preference
that may be you won't stop doing zoom
thank you all thank you rep



and i am one who ah extremely prefers
benefiting all so when i hear people benefiting zoom and when i hear people benefiting circles like this it makes me feel complete


how am i just wanna make the offering to the group at him
two and i'm offering this to myself as wow which is to can it continue to explore them the basis of preferences
and and
yeah i'm just i just wanted to encourage that in myself and others and they won't express my gratitude for being able to hear the dharma
and when i think about a life that's been filled him with
opportunities to hear the dharma and practice the dharma be supported to practice the dharma and realized the time
i just a system
is beyond and anything i can really express him
and i'm hearing and who don't waste your life and i feel like you know i've said such a fortune had life to really understand you know don't waste your life to engage with and
just been so fortunate
so i wanted to express that an africa to everyone
thank you thank you teach in her she

i'm goodbyes are difficult
i like to say to be continued these days
i'm and i i really feel i needed to thank you think paul for the recording
and thank you susan
primack to match for being tisha with another word i don't know but thank you for
and the docusign tending
and i'm thank you amanda for the bell ringing
thank you everyone for you have been with me this weekend
and rep and i wanted to get one like that would sit for a mom i thank you everyone for being with me this weekend

i grab i hope you hear that my whole life is to thank you to you that might buy practice in my life i thank you to you and i hope you hear that

my heart's pounding
perhaps because i
got excited about
something i was just feeling her realizing her
and as they took my first steps i said if you should have waited
but i
i can feel the exquisiteness of this moment that we're all speaking of
and it feels like that timeless moment that has the whole last eighteen months in it
so we've all sort of
percolated and
erupted isn't the right word but i won't wait for it right now
and i thought
all these gratitude for this weekend
and unlike usual when that happens there's thoughts to the future and i really
i really don't have thoughts for the future particularly about covert like
this could be a little
a little moment in time
there's no
and now i fear rambling on so
that be what comes out right now thank thinking
but thank you for this lovely sharing this weekend

where are the end we had a very emotional day but i would like to remind you of the beginning rep gave us a very interesting intellectual gifts in my opinion on the first day when energies the distinctions between preference will
fish desire
those are important distinctions the first subtle and in their subtlety i think was a deepness that would be worth pursuing and he also emphasized how we could do testing of are various things i suggest that we take those concepts that he
gave us which are all part of our lives and play with them play with them so that you figure out when you have a preference than when you have a desire and when one isn't the other and so forth so i think that for me is a big takeaway for
from the session and it was in the beginning so i emphasize that the other thing that i really appreciated where the two stories about in the weeds and on the grass meditating were when you ask man
what are you thinking he said i'm not thinking anything well then you must be not wake know i'm thinking too but i'm in i'm thinking i think that was a profound distinction as well so i want to just leave you with everybody's talked about the emotional thing but i would like to leave
you with those two things i think that are pretty profound intellectual distinctions in the darkness will thank you rep i appreciate that a lot


as a largely solitary person i want to thank my friend marie for enticing me to get out of my solitude and come to this event has been very rewarding
i i think that it's it's been a wonderful experience to be introduced first hand and in-person this and the system of great compassion and like a preference
but what i really
briley what to say is that so many people came up with so many great questions and experiences it's not always easy to speak out and a fairly large gathering and all those questions i think that the the real
substance this weekend has been in reps responses to the questions and the issues brought up by people so i wanted thank every one of you who who participated in that and and made this
so much ada an exercise in
yeah no back and forth and dual arising

tracy told me she's gonna leave it trough of five
a sum of twelve and so so that we don't have to lose her
going to lose them are going to lose him so before we lose them i've transcended before they abandoned us
for a better world
ah one to i'm favourite i feel that the saga has expressed to teaching very well thank you so much for summarizing it so well at the end
and i said this before but i'll say it again bodhisattvas enter
oh actually they get invited to enter the world of suffering and they enter their to teach people how to observe it and play with it
so i think we've done well we've we've entered the world is suffering here together
we have observed it and we'd play with it
and hopefully we are discovering the truth of it also just like some other people did in the past
so thank you very much everybody for receiving the dharma and giving it back please continue
and before leon does his usual request
i offer what he's asking for ready
this is the mark medina
farewell song
when the red red robin gums bob bob and long alone long there are no more saab and when she starts throbbing an old sweet song wake up
wake up you sleepyhead get up get up out of the chair up cheer up first saw nice bread live love laugh and have me then comes the part that people don't know so well though
it can field of flowers rain man glanced and buster line this for hours and
i'm just a it again do audited again say as saw when we ran red rob and comes bob bob bob bob bob bob bob and and long
congratulations to the mom madonna old timers for having a reunion and thanks for the old timers to welcome the new timers
and have a safe journey back yes
a question



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