The Seeds and Fruits of True Awakening 

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in our first class
mainly i talked about aspiration
i think and then i left
the class towards the end with the kind of vibe
encouragement to contemplate what your as duration or what aspiration is
living in your life
what's the big wish
of this life
and i was i had a big wish that you would wonder about that

and i iced i still have been wish that you would wonder about that and that you that that would become clear to you what the big wish of your life is
ah if i had the big wish of
of enlightenment being realized
in this world
that would include the wish that
our beings would
i have that wish
beings having the wish for enlightenment is
oh is concerning buddha's enlightenment is
fundamental and necessary
enlightenment is the fruit of this wish
for itself
an enlightenment is the buddha's enlightenment is
helping others
with the understanding
that others
are who we really are
it's the kind of helping
that goes with the understanding
that others are not separate from us
there's other ways of helping
that do not are not joined without understanding that's not the buddha's enlightenment the buddha's enlightenment is the kind of help
that helps people in the context of that wisdom
so it's the kind of helping that actually does not just helped people not just benefits people but will eventually liberate them and not just liberate them
when initiate them into
helping others in the same way that they were helped
saddam the buddha's want to help people in any old way but the central way
the death the most important way to help people is to help people become helpful
in the most help away
when i see and hear about
the way this world looks to people
at that time the world kind of looks that way to me
when people tell me
yeah when people tell me their the stories they have about the world
i often kind of see the world the way they do
and people tell me stories about how horrible the world is how how and they tell me stories about how unhelpful some human beings are
to each other to animals to plants so i hear a lot of stories and and i hear about i hear about problems which seem almost like how could how could it ever
how can we ever do anything
with a terrible situation
at that time i i
i read on i often don't have any bright ideas
but i do have a wish still often i still wish
ah that enlightenment could be realized right now
i and i also understand that for that to happen i have to wish it were they have to be the wish and there is the wish so that parts good
and also i understand that for this wish to come to fruition for this wish to be realized i have the understanding which i'm
happy about i'm happy to have the understanding
that there a c that that that not only is there a seed a wish to realize enlightenment in this world now and now and now but also there is a proud to our practices which take care of that
that that take care of that wish and bring that wish ah
to the point of supporting the entry into reality
a reality which does not deny the stories
does not deny the unhappy stories he just understands them
as ah
in substantial
and in that understanding there is a liberation from know stories without messing with them
without degrading them without you know like go to disparaging them without saying that are stupid
but the stories are stupid is another story
but actually have what while those stories are going on why they're being witnessed
there is an understanding that they are actually in substantial and there is liberation with them
then the practices
which take care of the wish the aspiration from buddhahood those practices i then ah
engaged in more fully than before the entry intuitive into the understanding and then those practices continue
to care for this wish and akin to continue to bring it
into full realization as the best understanding the most helpful possible
our understanding the most helpful possible wisdom in the world as it stands as it sits as it is in for the moment
and then ah
the job is done and the job is then buddhahood just keep working and working
on living beings
stimulating them somehow
to give rise to this wish
and then stimulating them to hear the teachings of how to take care of this wish
and then they take care of the wish and the into reality and they continue to take her of the wish and then they joined buddhahood and then again they joined the process of stimulating living beings somehow to give rise to this aspiration take care of it into reality
the on entry into reality to buddhahood and song that's the picture of this class
and that's that that's the story of this class and i wish that this story will come true
and the practices the the take care of this wish and bring it to the point where the wish gives rise to a wisdom which is able to enter reality those practices
are are called
the six basic body sought for training methods
the six basic bodhisattva precepts
the six
basic body sought back
practices this they're also called the six perfections
they are six perfect practices they are six perfected practices they are six perfecting practices and these six practices are called giving
ethical discipline
courageous effort concentration and wisdom those six practices take care of the wish
that buddha will be realized and that everybody will join in that realization
that buddha will be realized in order to help everybody
become most peaceful and happy way possible now
and that that process will go on until everybody's participating in that wishes protected and developed by the six practices
and again
they they cause the entry into reality and then after entry into reality after initial awakening those six practices are continued but now more effectively than before
now with the correct understanding of what they are
that's a basic picture that i offer you basic picture for this
for this class any questions about that basic picture or an art the innumerable
implications of it
and questioned you might have about it

good idea ban
one two three giving
ethical discipline
heroic effort

all these six are actually
the ethical practices of someone who wishes to realize buddhahood because if you wish to realize buddhahood you have ethical responsibility to realize buddhahood
that makes sense if you commit to realize buddhahood for the welfare of this world then you have an ethical discipline to follow through on it and these six practices or what you do to realize buddhahood
so one of the second one's called ethics but really they're all
the the all included an ethical responsibility of one who wishes to realize buddhahood yes

could you hear what he said he said there's some stories about people who who the story as they had no training and somehow they they had wakening so for example the sixth ancestor of the zen tradition in china
he was walking through the marketplace in guangdong
one joy i'm in which is used to be called can't on
the guangdong is walking through the marketplace in like the
late seventh century and he walked by up
ha i think a fortune telling booth or something like that and the person in the booth was a reciting the diamond sutra and when it got to sections ten see he said that a bodhisattva in other words somebody who is aspiring to do
realize buddhahood for the welfare of the world a bodhisattva should give rise to a mind that has no attachment or no abode when you heard that he i think it's i would understand the stories he entered reality when he heard that when he heard that he entered reality
an adam saying the story is that he had no training before i heard that gay
but i never heard the story that he had no training all i heard was he was a young man selling would in the marketplace and he heard that but i never heard that he wasn't trained
and the bodhisattva teaching he is that when somebody here a teaching like that
which here which the story is the guy heard the story i heard as he heard it
somebody who hears that teaching and enters reality
well other people were in the marketplace this guy was chanting it there are other people were walking by they did they hear it
well they heard it but they didn't hear it in such a way that they entered reality he did
in the in the background of when i'm saying to you is a teaching from
coming from our a bodhisattva named of sanga who lived about two hundred years before this before the sixth ancestor did in india and he had a friend named my tray of buddha
who is his teacher
anyway a song and now is teaching us that
the people who enter reality are the people who
here a lot
in other words who listen to the teaching a lot
so according to that this body surfer who became the sixth ancestor had been listening to that teaching a lot
it doesn't say that somebody the first that a sentient being the first time they hear this teaching for example about what a body scientists like the first time they they hear it they go from believing
that's something that things can be grasped
and they hear the teaching not to grasp things and as soon as they hear it they stop they had to hear it over and over
the so that the my on teaching the teaching for bodhisattva says the people who can hear this teaching
that there's nothing to grasp in this world and to reality and save the world
like the sixth ancestor did
are people who will listen to that teaching a lot
and when they live in when you listen to this teaching just like you're listening to it now when you listen to the teaching your mind is your body and mind are transformed by listening
but the people who actually hear the teaching and enter are the people who have done a great deal of listening
so the story that six ancestor does not say
that he did not train before i heard this is just tells us here he was
a lay person selling firewood he heard the teaching the my on a teaching say that somebody who can hear the teaching that deeply has been listening to it for a long time
but we're not hold i don't know the story of his listening career
and i would say i had i haven't and i i don't know mom written ramana maharshi story maybe they do say he had no training okay we also have a person and shakyamuni buddha right what about him well
did he hear these teachings before he discovered them
the historic of wooded did not say that
that he hadn't been studying for a long time he told us that he studied with other buddha's before and he listened to their teaching before and one of them said you're going to be a buddha and your name's going to be shocked and mooney
so our historical buddha told us that he studied with buddhism the past and he listened to their teaching in the past and
he had lots of enlightenment he he had lots of enlightenment experiences with those previous buddhists but his enlightenment experiences were the ones where he entered
and the sixth and sister also when he heard that teaching any entered he still was not a zen master
he was pretty good
the person who reciting had told him if he wanted to learn more about this there was a person up in northern china that could teach him he knew he had he knew enough to know that he needed more training he didn't think i had no training and nominee or training he knew he'd needed more training so he traveled
north to receive more training from the so-called fifth ancestor and again the story that i've heard is on the way the sixth ancestor who heard this teaching and awoke in the marketplace
on the way he's he met a nun in a temple and he talked her and she realized that he was awakened
and she asked him to give talks
or give a talk at the monastery and he gave a talk and the people appreciated it so they asked him to give another one so he gave another one and pretty soon there was a huge congregation listening to his talks
but the person giving the talks was on weight on the on his way to study with his teacher
so he finally realized wait a minute here i am stopping and nine i've got this huge congregation students but actually i need more training before i'm a teacher
so he said sorry folks i hope you enjoyed the show i have to go
i really have to go
sgt pepper's lonely hearts club band is moving on up north so it goes to see this the fifth ancestor and gets more training
and then actress at and then after he becomes the successor of the fifth ancestor the fifth ancestors says okay get outta here now and do not teach for sixty four for a long time go hide you're not ready to teach so then he continues to teach to pract to train as
after he becomes successor and receives this responsibility in this authority he still has to mature more before he can actually come out and do the responsibility of teaching
from the time he awoke until he started to teach there was a long training period
the first part of it was actually relatively short in other words of time from you walk from when he heard it to when he walked to his teacher in the time he spent with a teacher he only spent eight months with his teacher
and but the time from there to when he started teaching himself with sixteen years so he trained for about seventeen years from the time he awoke before i started becoming the sixth ancestor how long did he trained before i do not know the story about that
but i'm saying to you
if anybody here didn't wake up tonight
don't worry all you gotta do is do a lot more
listening yet
because the perk people who enter reality are those who listen to the teaching a great deal and when you when your mind your karmic mind when my comic mind
thinks about things like stillness
rather than thinks about things like gain and loss
it that mother mind that shapes the karmic mine is a mind that has a shape
and the shape of the mind is the karma of the moment
and when the shape of the mind is the shape of the teaching there's the there's consequence of a mind that shape like the teaching and the consequence is the unconscious mind which supports the conscious karmic mind and unconscious mind then supports the arising of another car
conscious mind which has a better chance of shaping itself around listening to the teaching and if it does the consequence of that is that the unconscious mind again transformed and transformed and transformed until there's more and more conscious minds that are kind of like
i don't know what they're kind of like coral or something you know this can like looking for the sunlight does just ready for the dharma
does really darn around here
hi mom i want to listen to the dharma
so that's what i would say about those stories
in a if you just look at the historical shakyamuni buddha and don't listen to what he said it looks like
it looks like he only had one life
but the buddha and suzuki roshi and salon would say if you think that that shakyamuni buddha is the only buddha you don't understand shakyamuni buddha
shakyamuni buddha was preceded by other buddhas and studied with other buddhist that's was shocking when the buddha said
so again i do not know the story of who the sixth ancestor studied with before he was this wonderful guy walking through the marketplace i don't know his story before that
however his teacher the fifth ancestor there is a story about his him
i met kind of an amazing story want to hear it
so the sixth ancestors teacher the fifth ancestor
ah he was
he was a a buddhist priest
and once upon a time there was a man ah in in china
before there was a fifth ancestor there was a man walking around china and that man met somebody who is called the fourth ancestor a following it
so there was before the fifth ancestor there was a fourth ancestor and there was a man in china who met the fourth ancestor and man said to the fourth ancestor please let me be your student in the fourth ancestor said
you're too old
get a new body
and i'll and you can be my students
so the man went down to the river nearby and that's to last we hear of him and it was a woman young woman down the river and when she came up from the river she shortly after that she found out she was pregnant and she didn't know how she got pregnant
and our parents were very upset with her because here she was pregnant she wasn't married
and they were actually they weren't nice to her so here she was pregnant so she had this baby and she was kind of ostracized or it
rejected from her family and she had this baby she was having a hard time she's walking along
the road in china and she runs into the fourth ancestor
and the fourth ancestor says
would you like me to take that boy off your hand
and she says it's matter of fact i would
and he answers she gave him her son and that boy became the fifth ancestor
and if any now if you go to the fifth ancestors temple in china there's a big building their which is called
no something like the great mother hall devote dedicated to this woman
who performed the service of of making the fifth ancestor
their stories like that but there's not a story about what the six ancestor was up to before he was this guy walking around marketplace
not if i have the aspiration or not even have if there's an aspiration to realize buddhahood for the welfare of this world if there's an aspiration to help people in this world be at peace with this world and then help others be at peace with this world isn't it isn't like i aspire
to be at peace with this world with all these terrible stories i admired it is i aspire to be at peace with it unhappy with it and everybody else continues to be miserable with it and that's not what i aspire to i aspired to work for the thing that will make everybody happy with this world or in this world
i aspired to realize buddhahood so that everybody can find peace and happiness in this world
not waiting for it to get fixed before they get happy but waiting to be happy and at peace so they can help others be happy and at peace and if everybody is happy and at peace
but maybe if i'm if some people were happy and paste some things will get fixed i really don't know i'm just wondering about people can we have can we work on this before things get fixed
because i just can't figure out how they're going to get fixed
in least not very soon
but i can't figure out that people could wake up and be happy right now if they would just like stop believing the way they think

bill a go it looks like built fainted
nah built is lying down
how's how's he doing
if fine
did did you read you know you fainted
he dozed off bill heavily dosed off
and we are still wishing for his buddhahood
ha ha ha

i just like quite a bit any questions comments

well that's it that's kind of difficult question because is it so money say it's a little bit
tricky about calling people zen masters
and i mean permits a was so and so's a zen master and blah blah
so it's kind of difficult
you know
so who were gonna say is a zen master

well i personally cannot figure out i cannot see
it just i can't i cannot i don't understand hi how i could possibly be in the position to be able to be supported to think about the dharma so much haha and i i i can't figure out how
that happened so i'm kind of it to me it makes sense to me there that i have lot of background
ah that makes it possible for my mind to be thinking about dharma a lot
when i when i became engaged to be married my my mother in law said this a chinese phrase up which means he must have broken a lot of moko gears
i'm ocotillo is a wooden fish that people are it's a wooden drum that people a strike when they're chanting so she said i must have broken a lot of those to have the good fortune to marry the person i married
break they they they really don't break unless unless you work i'm quite a long time and she said i must i must have done bro been quite a few
but that that chinese expression for you must have you must have been a beautiful baby because baby look at you now or you you must have done a lot of good because look how fortunate you are so that's that's a concept but to actually be able to see how many beaucoup years have been broken i can't see it actually
i do not understand how i could be so fortunate to meet the people i've met and to receive the encouragement i received to study the dharma
but for example all of you are encouraging me to study all week
to to listen to the dharma all week so i can come and tell you how important it is to listen to the dharma all week
and i don't know how that comes to be the case that i that i that i'm so fortunate i don't know how that works i cannot see how it works
but the teaching is
that the the ability to enter into the teaching is dependent on doing these practices and the ability to do these practices comes from listening to stories about these practices when you hear these practices the six practices when you hear those you are you have job tonight we have listened to those practices you
i've heard those practices
your mind has been transformed has been perfumed by your mind thinking of those practices
and also one would say in order to even be in this room you must have done a lot of good things to be in this room
to be able to spend this evening in a quiet place
it isn't know the lots of causes and conditions make that possible that you could have such a nice quiet place to be in for a few hours
but i can't actually tell you i can't see how each of you got to be so fortunate as you ought to be here
some people almost never have a chance to sit for half an hour quietly and to hear that enlightenment is living in silence and stillness
that's a very fortunate thing to hear that you are hearing the great vehicle teaches when you hear when when you hear that you are hearing a great book called teachings and when you hear the great vehicle teachings
they are not separate from you when you're hearing them you can't hear something that's separate from you
you are a person who's hearing and you're hearing is not something different what you're hearing and the action of hearing that you're going through right now is not something in addition to who you are
it's not like you're here not like to you and your hearing
you are a hearing you are a hero
and what you're hearing is not separate from your hearing so when you hear these teachings you are these teachings
when you hear the six perfections
i'm not saying you are the six perfections but you aren't you are the hearing of the teaching of the six perfections
and when you are the hearing of the teaching and six perfections then there's a possibility that your practice them because you you are the hearing of them
and if you look at the hearing of them you will realize wisdom because the actual in the hearing of them is is reality is the reality that there's not the teacher in the teaching and you when you hear the teachings that the teacher is not separate from you and the teaching is not separate from you if you
here that over and over you party you have realized wisdom
and at that time your aspiration isn't nicely protected

yeah the shape of the mind in a given moment the shape your mind is actually the definition of the cotton of the com at that moment
so ah
technically speaking the the historical buddha defined karma as he cheated he was assigned the karma's sort of a sanskrit word and he used miller sanskrit word called shape and not and shade the knock means the shape of your mind in a given moment
now kitten has often translated as intention or will
or volition
so when you if you look at your mind
in your mind there's some there's there's some tendency
so it just before i started talking i looked in my mind and i noticed there was a tendency to want to tell you that there was a tendency i looked in my mind is thawed in intention to speak and i stopped
because i was intending to tell you later of what i just told you
and what i told you was i looked in my mind is saw the intention to speak but i paused so he would be easier for you to understand that i actually looked in my mind sawn intention might shape or my mind was it intended it wanted to tell you something about the definite
ishan of karma and slight i i i actually did an example of looking in my mind
looking at this i'm reflecting on the ship of my mind and i saw that intention that intention is the karma of that moment and then i and then i expressed that intention verbally
that verbal expression was a physical
ramification of the mental com it was a physical com local karma to reflect the mental karma so karma is always cognitive but there's three kinds of cognitive action one is mental cognitive action
when his verbal cognitive action and one as postural cognitive action and the all shapes and the shape is the definition of karma and slumped and in the comment is wholesome or unwholesome or neutral neutral mean you can't tell whether it's wholesome or unwholesome
hi in this case thought that those intentions were wholesome because i i felt pretty clear i wanted to make something clear to you i wanted to help you understand this so i thought i'm looking at i'm saying i think that's a pretty wholesome intention
i did not have there was much trace of i did really didn't feel like i wanted there was no ill will towards any of you there but sometimes if you look in your mind you might actually find ill will which means ill intention which means ill volition that you actually look in your mind and you can think
oh i actually would like that person to not do too well for example if you're in a race you might actually wished the other person did not do very well that would be called an unskillful action those kinds of actions generally speaking can't say for sure but they they look kind of unskillful and they probably will
make you unhappy soon
our later but we don't exactly know how it works we hear from the buddha to watch out for ill will in other ways walk out watch out for minds that have the shape of wishing somebody to not be happy
i wish you somebody to be sick that's like ill will and that's a that's a shape your mind could have which probably most of your one or two have occasionally seen that in your lifetime he certainly heard about it that someone actually wishes somebody be sick that ill will and that the mind that show
ape like that is a comet consciousness that has that shape and we used to call that unskillful because your world really does usually cause we don't know exactly how putin knows how we don't know how but it causes suffering too especially to the person who has a mind shape like
that like shape towards i wish this person will be sick
rather than i wish this person would be happy i wish this person would be at ease that's another shape
and then there's then there's the mind which thinks i wish this person will be happy and an a but there's another feeling which is which says that wasn't really that sincere
so you can have you can have that thought and think well i wasn't really a whole hearted about it i said it but a little bit i wish they'd i'm hoping not to well
or i'd rather have somebody wants to be as well as i just wish they would be are some like that
so in that case you you can you can actually look in your mind is see this and which you're looking at is a shape your mind can also when you're thinking of teaching like when you're thinking i would like to practice giving
you think you just to think of giving his your mind isn't that shape and your mind is now in the shape of a practice which is conducive to awakening and benefiting all beings and then to an addition to think of the teeth the shape of giving to think i would i really liked the practice giving that in huh
chances the shape and makes it more kind of like
receptive and in accord with
that which will protect and develop this wish
i can stop there as if you have any questions anybody yes

ah could you say live bit more but the so you're you're in prison and you're here and people are are telling you about their minds now in prison
about the past okay and what the story your one use to give an example
okay so you've got a comic consciousness and it thinks this is a common story it thinks i must be violent otherwise i will i won't be able to survive here in the street that's a comic thought and then these people told you that they remember they had thoughts like that okay know what your question

yeah so like i said i'd i'd home how did i get to be so fortunate to be in a situation like this where none of you probably are wishing that i will think that i need to be violent in order to survive right none of your wishing that
for me probably i guess that that none of you want me to think or if i'm not violent i probably won't survive the night k so i'm in a situation where it like everybody supporting me not just to not think violent thoughts but we probably also all you probably all want me to think nonviolent thoughts i imagine
probably and if i would do anything violent you'd probably would have like lots of questions for me about what's going on i imagine that
okay so that that i think i'll have to be so fortunate to everything supporting me to think of nonviolence
then you wonder well how does it happened that somebody gets in a situation where everybody seems to be saying to them you know if you're in the vicinity say if you're like not violent people will attack you
so they say that the kids say to jersey if you're not if you don't come on ties tough people will think you're weak and they'll attack you they tell them to each other then you see how does a person getting a position where people are talking to them like that and making it so hard for them to dare to think a non-violent thought because if they if they think
they think if i think it these people tell me that they'll attack me that i'll look weak and then thinking that thought how will get hurt
how does a person getting that situation and what did i say for how i got into situation of you are supporting me would i say
i don't know i do not know how i got in such a good position i do not know what training led me to be in a position where you're all supporting me to think of nonviolence as the way to go year old supporting me to think if i think a non-violent thoughts i won't necessarily get beat up tonight
you're also not telling me you're not telling me that if i think nonviolent thoughts i won't get paid up to now you're not telling me that are you
because you don't know i might get beat up but you're not telling me that i'd be a fool if i wasn't thinking of violence all the time you're not telling me that i do not know how i got in this position
and i do not know how other people get into position where people are saying to them you must be aggressive and you must not sure people the slightest weakness
okay i don't know how to get a position but i do know some of those people who live in those neighborhoods something happens to them and they change
and they dare to be vulnerable
i know there's those stories do that they live in the neighborhoods where they were told when their kids if you show weakness you'll be attacked and they listened to that and they showed toughness and they and this and they watched this amount how did the how are the fortunate enough to see what happens when they were act when they acted tough and when they got in trouble how did they
come to learn that but now after going through that course of be tough otherwise you won't survive they weren't tough and they didn't survive and then somehow at some point they've got to a place where somehow they thought on a tram guy i'm actually not going to be tough i'm gonna dare to be vulnerable
how do they how did that opening happen that they dared in the same environment where they heard these stories all these years and they were tough all those years what happened that they somehow try something different and then when they try something different they thought this is what i am in life for
be beat people up so i can survive that's i tried that and i did survive in here i am i'm alive and i was mean to people
and now i just tried something really different and i thought this is what i'm here for
how could they be so lucky as to make that turn i don't know but when they make the turn
and then they make the turn and
they they it's not that they never turned back to the other way and say well i was foolish
ah so you know that that story and the les miserables lists where this guy kind of a nice guy
steal something and then they get put in prison where if you're
if you show your weakness ticket if you show your goodness to get attacked and he got tougher and tougher and tougher and then he escaped from prison early met this priest and he stole it stolen to stop from the priest
he stole the stuck in the pretty nice story
you don't
so he's got stuff from the priest
he was a mean guy he got mean how did you get mean by being in prison and he if if he showed any goodness this is prison warden saw the goodness and he attacked him just like people say you sure your goodness you get attacked would you get attacked by you get attacked by somebody who doesn't dare to
good who thinks that they'll get attacked and they see you and they want to make sure that you don't get to be able to do what they're not allowed to do and you've got attacked and you've got attacked and it got harder and harder but he and he escaped from prison and then you and the he was running around looking for help and he met a priest actually bishop the guy took a man and when the bitch
shibboleth left the room he stole the bishops
candlesticks or either the candlesticks or plates and he ran away
you know the story on
it's in being upright i haven't read it either
have you were being upright
some of the i haven't read it either anyways in there huh
and you see the musical anyway so he stole that he stole the silver candlesticks and the police caught him and they brought him back to the church and they said we caught this thief
with your candlesticks and the preset i gave them to him
and the police said okay they left and then he said
you didn't give those to me i stole reason i gave him to you and here's some silver plates to
and then he snapped
how did he get so lucky to run into that priest i don't know
these stories are saying
we do not know how people get in touch with only buddha can see how somebody gets in the situation where people are telling them
if you're not violent you're going to you're going to perish we'd i don't know how they get in that position
however we are being told that somebody has to come and help them otherwise go just keeps spinning around there forever how they got spinning around there either but somebody has to go there and say i gave you the candlesticks
somebody has to told them chose a person that vulnerability is the natural state of affairs and if you admit it you can open to the beauty of this life somebody has to go and show this person
if somebody shows them they can turn around and wake up
how did they get in a situation in the first place the buddha says do not try to figure it out
but it doesn't it buddha maybe say okay i'll tell you but don't after i'd tell you don't spend any more time figuring out how you get the next situation do not put your energy into that put your energy into your aspiration and what do you aspire to well i aspire not just to be nonviolent in this neighborhood where everybody's vi
violent i've aspire to teach everybody in this neighborhood nonviolence
how am i going to think of that somebody's going to have to walk up to me and show me how cool that is
without that i'm not going to think of it just like that guy
the priest had to show him
whenever this aspiration arises only way this aspiration can arise is because we here we hear it
somebody has to say it to us our karmic consciousness which has been doing this
normal stuff being selfish of someone does not think of this it does not think of it it happens because somebody talks to us and we hear it how do we get to hear it
somebody talks to us in another way and we hear it how do we get to hear that somebody talks to us and another way we hear it and gradually start to open to more and more outrageous stories
and this was this woman who i heard to religion the streets and helps kids in the streets who was one of the tough kids and issues and gangs and stuff and she she said i did what i had what was necessary
somehow somebody talked to her somebody got through her now she gets through to the other girls
she she shows them
the path of nonviolent is somehow cooler than the path of violence is somehow more beautiful
with so i aspire to realize nonviolence in such a way so thoroughly that that other people would actually open to nonviolence
and i do not know how people get a position where they're not open to hear them here that yet
i do not know why the other people in the marketplace did not hear it in the sixth ancestor did i just know the story is he heard it and then he was this great person for many thousands of people because he heard it and i aspire
to work to realize that kind of realization not for myself not as myself but to have that kind of realization is world
and i've also there was a person in these classes in the past one of the people in pass classes here
who taught and teaches poetry in prisons
through in california and she also teaches poetry to the kids enrichment in berkeley
and she wanted the one of her students in prison she decided that she wanted to be married to him so she married him and she is married to him so her put her husband he is a prisoner and she teaches and she visits him in prison she's his wife they have a marriage he's in prison
and i told the story many times here it is again she said to him when you were doing those things that lead you to prison could anyone have stopped you and he said no
i had to do those things
did people try to stop your yes
what would have helped you he said it would help what would have helped me as if somebody loved me
if someone loves his doesn't mean we're not gonna make mistakes it just means that if somebody shows us love when we do make mistakes we have a way to learn
like were violent and someone showed his love sewing say oh well there's another option i think i'll try that next time mary fact i think i'll try that from now on however i probably won't be able to do it from now on because i have a habit of violence but that's the way i want to go and i know this violent path i do not want to do it and
more but i probably will i want to learn this new one somebody showed me that i want to try it
but i don't know now if you do this path long enough you will be you will enter into the space where you understand how this all works you can see how it all works and when and you but you want to show go wrong tell people how it works you'll tell them how they can get into position to see how it will work way you'll teach him out of the a buddha when your boy
do you can see how it works before that you should focus not on figuring it out
but how to get in a position where you will be able to see it when you won't have to figure it out even we just see it in other words you will aspire to know whatever will be helpful the people
and how do you do that we have to want to you can actually want to be the best possible to devote yourself to the best possible thing for all beings and then yet to do the practice to to take care of that
and you will eventually know exactly how that are works
and that will be one of the fastest of your realization
but it's not the most important one the most important one is
it gives you confidence because you're actually see or yeah this really is the way to go i can see how that works that way but you actually think i think it's important you can be you'll be able to get people to practice
that's what the buddhists can do
and not just buddhists lesser beings can also encourage people yes




good excuse thank you

any other
responses questions yes

that doesn't yeah the story i'm talking about is the milanese women women interrupters yeah and she was this lady this lady was a
yeah she was she was a tough cookie you know she was a gang girl and she became panache is an interrupter
and she
now she dares to be vulnerable
in a skillful way you know in a way that will ah
that will encourage me nonviolence
there was a document there's a documentary about it and then terry gross i think was interviewing the the people made the movie than the film plus this leading example this woman

people who are committing violence and most vulnerable

i you may be right but i kind of think that everybody's vulnerable and i think the key to nonviolence is to witness vulnerability
the more you can witness vulnerability the more you can respond nonviolently i propose that
martial artists are really good at witnessing vulnerability they can really relax with it



can help them

i mean

okay i heard you i think i have a different view day
i think we are we're thinking i don't think we're arabic countries i don't think the me and what i'm thinking and i don't even say that identify with my thinking that's to dualistic
i'm just what am i all i am a karmic being is my thinking what what's help for much somebody to come in and fix me
but to witness me
and then in that witnessing
the person might say something right
this is what i witness and i and i i think this i think you can do something better than that
like somebody witnessed me when i was a boy and said you know he witnessed me enjoying being a naughty boy
and then he told me how he was a naughty boy
when he was a boy and then he said to me you know it's easy to be a naughty boy what's hard is to be a good boy
he wasn't trying to fix me he was just trying to challenge me with something more one with the word is more interesting

yes yes

what i'm telling you not so much that you read that i'm telling you you are nothing other than it doesn't like there's you and your unwholesome thoughts there's nothing you're not other than that k
now if you wish to realize buddhahood for the welfare of all beings then what do we do with
such a thought but we do
yeah but at there were practice we do after we were observing know what practice with noticed that it's unwholesome what do we practice
like it
the way
we have this honor we had this unwholesome we have this unwholesome mind
we we have this unwholesome mine and we also have this this wish
got the wish and now unwholesome mine comes to visit i wish for buddhahood for the welfare of all beings now and unwholesome guest has come which could be called my mind for or could just be called an unwholesome mind or could walk call me on wholesome me it
it has come now because of this wish i want to practice with this by being generous towards it
otherwise my wish will get derailed
i don't want my wish to get derailed i want to take care of his i want to bring this wish to fruition so i gotta be kind to this or whatever nasty creatures show up
or cowardly so practice giving
and then we move on to
ethics phenomena i'm in a practice ethics with this i'm going to be careful of it going to keep my eye on it because it could even be some falconers us in my giving
salmon like check out the precepts in ah in relationship to this difficult guest and i want to be patient with the because this guess is kind of painful your will is painful
and so on i'm on do all these practices and how things have changed or gonna not a moment but if i could do all those practices with that
i could there can be an entry into reality on the spot with this ill will is possible that we'd have liberation with the ill will
and then we and then these practices which i wanted which i've done now with the ill will will be the won't be near raleigh more but with an next thing that comes will be more skillful with it any questions
hmm okay
you don't feel fine so what what do you do with that
you're witnessing not doing fine
and you're being compassionate towards not doing fine
hmm and how are you being compassionate towards nothing fine

your loving not gonna fine
yeah just like you would love just like you would love a little boy who wasn't feeling fine right
thank you break the be honest
what's the function of a neck what do what you mean by immaculate conception

i guess you just answered it yeah so the point of immaculate conception is to make buddhist

what what's the i read what among the interesting implications which one are you referring to

it seems to leave out
it's on the tip your tongue
it seems to leave out a father
while the father in this story was the fourth ancestor
he's the father
but the father the father that the met the man who that you don't see again he he's the boy
the man who went on the river he becomes the he goes he winds up in the in the womb of the woman by the river he's not the father he's the boy the father is this is the fourth ancestor
but he does not sex with the girl
okay that's your story my story is tonight it's immaculate conception but but the sixth but this but the sixth ancestor wasn't was also became a buddha but he wasn't by immaculate conception
he had a regular father and regular mother

if i can't enter discretion sufficiently
two what
okay well that's that and i had this i have some time
i'm just trying to help