For a Sentient Being to be a Sentient Being is just not to MoveĀ 

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hide during meditation lately
i've done offering the teaching
that enlightenment his living in silence and stones
can you hear them back
enlightenment is living
in silence and stillness
have been saying that lately
when people are sitting silent and still
and then i turn it and say
living in stillness is enlightenment
living in silence and stillness his enlightenment

have quite a different way of speaking which is the same thing is to
say that
for is it for a sentient being to be essential be his enlightenment
for an unenlightened be
to be an unenlightened being his enlightenment
for an uninviting being to be an enlightening and unenlightened gang is stillness
one unenlightened being
to be enlightened is just not to move
when an unenlightened bang doesn't move and underlying being is an unenlightened bank and that's enlightenment
dogan says all this however
how this one is he talking about this inconceivable boundless great function have enlightenment the way and lytham it is working
a curse in unconstructive silence and stillness
here he adds in on constructed which is correct but you don't have to say on constructed because you can just know that stillness is on constructed you don't make stillness
you being you is not made you are made
i made
but you being you is unconstructive can you hear that
the stillness of you being you is unconstructive stillness and the chinese character the dogan uses for the stillness can mean stillness and silence nice words it has yeah it has a kid has a radical for on
word in it
the mean stillness and silence quiet still peaceful
for a sentient being to be a sentient being is just not moving
so there is this intimate relationship with stillness
being a sentient being an enlightenment
enlightenment not stillness
but for a sent in be
to not move his enlightenment and enlightenment occurs in the stillness of things enlightenment and curves in things being himself that's where functions so enlightenment is
a great function
that i'm not moving
it's a great roar lion's roar of silence
and not made
how we say just whole heartedly sit
or just whole heartedly sit still
just wholeheartedly be yourself city
just be a deluded person
you don't have to get a little bit less diluted down to get more deluded be the diluted person you are right now completely and body and mind drop away
this morning a new student at green god came to talk to me and he said
he said i want you to you how should i practice meditation i hear all these different destruction they said well
what comes to mind as don't move
just sit
hey don't move
just be still
and i might have also said
just sit and be yourself
he said what about all this other instruction i said
all the other instruction is just trying to get you to sit still
it's wonderful it's marvelous he's just but people don't want to sit still they wanted something fancier so here's something fancy do that
i know is who doesn't know the the the ancestor dogan with you raise your hand can ever heard of him can be heard about dogan he's the one who wrote he wrote the thing you just chatted hey dogan a
a kosher okay dogan you know i'm up there
dogan so dog and was on tv last week
do you know it
i didn't know it either
he was interviewed gonna talk show and and guy said what do you teach your your students he says i teach him to just sit
just sit still
can i talk show guy said was that enlightenment he said yep
so what about all the other teachings like following your breath and county or breath and studying collins and dog and said for they're good too
the by thought you said that just
just sitting still was enlightenment so that's right but some people wants says stone as you get mccoy
it's like a story about the be the do not absorb the blue duck that was born and got separated from her mother
nice story he do that i already
last sunday
so there was a little duck who got separated from her from her mother and she was walking around the world kind of like
estoy pair da
i'm lost i don't know what i am who am i and she walked my upon and it was going to ducks there in the ducks said hey sweetie command to him with us the ducks said
i don't know how to swim and they said yes you do you're a duck said i'm a duck i don't believe you
this is one k
but i would like to go swimming with you but i can't say why here here's a skyhook just hook this on the sky and hold this and you want and you won't sink so the duck when in the water and hooked the sky with the with the skyhook and swam around with the other ducks
it's not the one you know i told the different lunatic chicken wings

a chicken very much a different story this is a story about a duck chickens american chickens anywhere no by time chickens that american check is generally speaking do not go swimming
two times when dead ducks go for me italian see me american chickens don't swim to italian chicken swim
chickens were domesticated two thousand years ago in china
so one days
one day the
he liked him it's funny isn't it
it's funny it's funny to see a sentient being being sentient big is funny what that funny his enlightenment you are seeing enlightenment
isn't it fun he
so the little ducks were walking along the road with the other ducks and are know
maybe a dog comes running around and all the dogs jumping the water and the doctrines in the water do but she forgot her skyhook she's swimming around the water with the other ducks near the ducks say hey sweetie we're just guy hook so i forgot it he knows what you're doing i'm swimming i'm a duck

so like that the same but with human centered those are doc sentient beings who realized that the ducks
and that that that's their enlightenment for a duck to be a duck is enlightenment
but we can't have it we can we have a harder job than being a duck for good for doctor the a duck is a hard job for a duck but it's easier for us to be adopted to bury to be yourself
so we're born and somebody says for you to be you his enlightenment and we don't believe it so here's a column hold this call on and you will be able to be yourself
follow your breath and you'll be able to be yourself
so there's a wonderful skills
but it all comes down
to being yourself and you and me are sentient beings we're living beings we are deluded but even know we're deluded we can realize enlightenment by being deluded however being deluded it's really hard i mean just to be delayed
it usually where can we say okay i'm deluded but little bit i'm not deluded
for undiluted but i have some other things i'd like to do besides face that
i mean i'm deluded but i i gotta you know get my health insurance
and while i'm getting my health insurance i may not be able to remember that i'm deluded
i may not be able to be a sentient being for a while i'm going to take a break from enlightenment
so for a sentient being to be a sentient being requires the sentient being do a very deep study of themselves
indeed study of the reality of being a sentient being and the reality of being sentient being has innumerable meanings there's innumerable ways to study it
and they all require that you study that you turn around and pay attention to yourself no matter what you're doing no matter what you're doing
to turn around and
look at yourself even though he don't know it yourself is turnaround ask anybody home can run ask what is the self turn around and ask who am i turn around and look at your kind consciousness
look at the story you have about your life right now you always have one
like do now
like i do now
home morning here no abode with you i've had a story about my life
so did you
and my story is that i was very happy because i was studying myself
i was remembering
to be a sentient being
remembering to be a sentient being is remembering to be enlightened to remember to be enlightened is to be a sentient being
buddha's do not remember their enlightened
when we remember were enlightened or ascension bank but when remember where a sentient being we are enlightened
some people have a fairly easy time remembering their enlightened everybody has kind of a hard time remembering to be themselves
and if you don't have a hard time find i'm not contradict to you but then do it again and again and again or just getting hard this is getting hard
we did a break yes
i brought this today
and i thought it was apropos because it says don't worry about being stupid
it doesn't say be stupid
literally what it says his stupidity is hard to find
it was not to do not easy to find stupidity it's here but it's hard to find
stupidity can not actually cannot be found and neither can genius
geniuses are stupid people who are not worried about being stupid
but even if you're worried about being stupid i am a fan for you
don't worry about being stupid it's okay because if you can really be of stupid completely that's enlightenment no kidding

so i'm very happy to be with you today
and i hope you're really happy to be here too
because this is a day
to live in stillness
to be still do not move
do not move to not move for the rest of the day
don't move in other words this is a day to be yourself
with and for you to be yourself is not moving is what we mean
or what do you know manjushri means by what can you hear my three
my usury what is magician mean by not moving
to be yourself
his mind if you asked my just three years if i use a you i i the prince of dharma
and wonder she says well yes but it'll be better to call me the prince of delusion
the prince of greed and confusion and hatred better to call me a prince of that

also i just wanted to mention along these lines that
if you don't have any fear that's not the same as fearlessness
fearlessness is a way
being afraid
when you're afraid completely your fearless
when you're afraid of when you're afraid completely are not afraid to be afraid you're fearless fearless doesn't have any meaning it does no fear
so we have a lot of frightened people around here
so we have a lot of opportunities for fearlessness may have a lot of worried people here so i have a lot of opportunities to not worry about
being stupid etc

okay so please be enlightened than other words please be yourself in other words please don't move and as an art to this
there's an art to be yourself
there's a heart for sentient beings to be sentient beings
has six parts
first welcome here sentient being hood welcome your body and mind welcome your stupidity welcome your karmic consciousness welcome
welcome who you are even though you don't know who that is welcome who you don't know welcome who you think you do now
as the first part of the art
next part is to practice and bodhisattva precepts
the matter what you are
being yourself is the way to return to buddha
and never forget learned to never forget to return to buddha how be yourself
couldn't could you give me an easier way to return the buddha please
next be patient with yourself being being who you are in be patient with if you keep forgetting to practice
can be patient with other people forgetting to practice and welcome other forget for practitioners
if you can help if i can wholeheartedly notice and welcome my own stupidity than i can walk on other people's stupidity and other people's genius
if there's anybody around us willing to be stupid i welcome them to
next comes
but not fanaticism right
somebody said yesterday that she thought some of the students at gringotts for fanatics
i looked up fanaticism it means unreasoning enthusiasm
buddha's are enthusiastic but they also reason so they're not fanatics but they're really enthusiastic
now there were another way to put it is be hard working work hard
another way to say work whole-heartedly be whole hearted
and then comes the concentrated be calm be calm with being yourself be gentle and relaxed with what
be me
maybe that's major
to be calm and relaxed with being me
be calm and relaxed the same time you're really enthusiastic not common the but enthusiastically com commonly enthusiastic and then
if you're if you're this way with yourself you won't dwell on yourself and when you don't dwell on yourself than you were know for sure that nobody can find you
and that's the conclusion of the art of being ourself

teddy wanna say to me

image that a sentient being being a sentient being is that any other than buddha
is it any i thing other than buddha know
if nothing of the food is nothing other than a sentient being being a sentient big bud boot is not a sentient being
but is a sentient being who is a sentient being a sentient being
thank you for your question
a sentient being was being a sentient being is a sentient being
buddhists are not other than that i think it being beings and being is buddha
the century thus sentient being being sentient being is buddha the buddha of course is not separate
from the simply being being a sentient big but the boot it is an also boot is not separate from the sentient being not you know not being a sentient big it just a buddha feels compassion for the sentient beings who are not realizing being sentient being and for the sentient beings who are being a sentient being buddha is
bravo manjushri very good
you being you is not new
you being you is enlightened enlightenment isn't something you possess just like your body isn't something you possess
so what is not separate from us ever had buddha is not any different even
who does not even different who is exactly the same precisely the same as you being you
precisely the same as you're being you
the boot is different from you
and that's something to be you know
patient with gentle with and com with and on
but you are you seem to be trying
i can't repeat what he said yeah
so was that was the invitation of chemo
the heard
so you said a sentient being being a sentient being is a sentient being and is put a no-no
the sentient being who's just a sentient being which is buddha this is still sentient being read that's what i'm referring to sentient being beating sentient being as not as pick i see
the be the sanctuary being sent him being is not a sentient being it's buddha
but the other sentence which you said when you make the distinction is like a sentient being
being a sentient being is still a sense in being
not being as inconvenient as a way to use when he was in the other sentient being there who was being a sentient being is still sentient big oh i see
and that is also called a bodhisattva
sentient beings who are not
being a sentient being and they're not doing bodies after to work there fighting the body sought for work of enlightenment they're not enlightening beings because they're not demonstrating
being sentient being somebody that was coming the world to show sentient beings how to be central board beings buddhists don't show how to be sentient beings they give teachings on how to be a sentient beings they don't need to show you enlightenment and other words they show you what it's like for you to be you
an apb instruction on being yourself

if i can talk about how is beneficial but before i talk about how it's beneficial just let me say that enlightenment is being beneficial
so it's a little bit of a distraction from enlightenment to talk about how is in like ours helpful because enlightenment is
being beneficial
it's not the least but other than that which is also to say that being yourself is nothing other we already said it's nothing other than buddha being yourself is nothing other than helping others
the way to help others as to be yourself
and if you want to be yourself
help others
the same thing so
another way to say it is helping others is being silent and still is realizing
on constructed silences illness because that showed that demonstrates to them what they need to do but also it does it it it does all kinds of other buddha work occurs in unconstructive silence and stillness all kinds of great buddha work occurs in you being you
all the ways of helping people occur in this mode of
delusion being delusion
is it a what kind of state is a frozen is frozen fluid by can do to say it's frozen but because
because i think i don't think he wanted to be frozen for you it's frozen for me as fluid

he saw far away

did you say there's no form to stick to stillness is actually said yeah that's right there's no formed a stillness there's no form do you being you
there's no form to a forming a form there's no form to blue being blue
you're getting distracted from yourself
by that question don't go there anymore give it up
give it up notice how you having trouble giving it up now and see how you're having trouble giving it up watch that person who doesn't want to do this yeah she's finding yeah there she is study that person is hard isn't it you want to go off into the hibiscus question may not go there
give up
give it up command can i give it up notice how you're not giving it up
notice how you're resisting isn't that wonderful
love that person who won't fall is destruction love the person who wants to go back to this trip she wanted to go on to see her
care of her stay with her be with their love her
yeah okay good

stupid question don't do don't worry about being stupid

when you became a buddha he was no longer central big
when he was a bodhisattva he was a sentient being when he was a buddha he changed
into a buddha it's not a sentient being anymore
no more delusion for him to bed by bye

is was their permanence and in the teacher who taught in permanence
there was no more and more no more impermanence in the buddha than in the sentient than in the sentient being bodyshop but no more impermanent normal permanence
but does not zero permanence and you say permanence
the i don't run think there's any permanent snow monkey does any permanence anywhere but there there are some things which are not an improvement but the things that are not impermanent are not permanent they're just always that way like the fact that you can't find anything isn't permanent but things are all was that way things are well established and
in not being able to be found
that's not an impermanent quality of things that's a quality of impermanent things and it's also a quality of these ultimate things like i'm find ability is an ultimate thing but it's not impermanent
the make sense
he as part of the kind of vijay iyer i think i got to accept this as part of the the buddha's teaching about how the universe works is that when a buddhist like kind of like don't get to be a buddha again they make room for other people to play that role in the universe
but they moving on hard work what happens to them you know well what happens to them is that they're teaching is practiced by a number of sentient beings and also other buddhists who are still around
but they i would do this thing actually
ah of
of not lasting for and a poet part of what they do is a thing of natl of being impermanence of actually part so i guess i would say that the historical shakyamuni buddha manifested impermanence but that's the show
the actual buddha is not impermanent but also the actual buddha hidden i wouldn't say as permanent but the lotus sutra says the actual buddha is eternal
but i know like to say permanent
well if the performative hard know
as my fact i would say in order to be yourself
part of what you have to do is perform yourself
so yeah so i'm cic i would suggest that in fact people are performing themselves and as the question of noticing it and wholeheartedly accepting that
but a lot of people are performing themselves and do not notice it and genetic and do not accept responsibility for their performance even though
there they are performing it quite quite nicely actually but
you if they would be more wholeheartedly but and honest about that
it would then it would be able to on enjoy that the teaching more they would realize
the buddha's are with them now more fully
so we encourage
people to
wholeheartedly performed being themselves
something for me
that i've noticed that when i perform myself
afterwards i shudder
the exposure yeah
putting myself in front of yeah
hi i don't understand it
it it myself why
what brings on the shutter
if you're saying that this is i think when your performance is
perhaps if you would if your performance would be even more wholehearted you would you would welcome the exposure at at the time
rather than later noticing that in fact you didn't show yourself
voluntarily he did
this leads us to realize that that were all was exposed
we're always performing ourself and were all was exposed
and by accepting responsibility for the performance and embracing the performance we more and more realize the exposure and get more and more used to the exposure but as your first started at as the first gazillion times that you actually consciously wholeheartedly ramos who
give yourself to performing yourself you may not quite yet notice how you are fully you're exposing yourself and the more you do it the more you realized the more you realize and are willing to be naked
he has to do is starting
the later in life
in hiding
it's a shock yeah right
yeah so if you were raised
you were raised in a theater troupe that would help

so that the buddhist song is it is a theater group yes
you can wholeheartedly degree to him
you can wholeheartedly love yourself when you're greedy yes you can learn that
and of course you can not love yourself and you're being greedy to we are you know hundred that yet

yes is to seems like a coma

i beat myself
so he is not so
i know i do it don't look
you can't actually avoided but you can think you avoid it and one of the ways to think you avoided is to not notice it
if you're not paying attention to yourself you're missing out on it and when you miss out on you could actually think that you're not what not wholeheartedly being yourself you could actually sort of like wish that you weren't you can actually fall for that wish
you could wish to be somebody else and even try to give the impression that you were somebody else in other words you could do this unreal thing called hiding yourself called being deceptive call lying
why isn't real but we can we can dream as though we can say i'm not me
so when we can trick ourselves by not paying attention
support of the beings the thinking part of the beings are thinking and if we don't attend to i thinking that we don't perform to thinking if we don't perform it we don't see we don't feel ex we don't see it exposed and so on so to be ourselves actually is a is a very isn't
big big exertion
requires mindfulness and not just mindfulness but gentle patient generous com mindfulness of what have i thinking
which could be anything which could be nobody knows what i'm doing everybody knows what i'm doing i'm lying i'm been greedy
i have a story and me being greedy i am a story of him being greedy so whatever story stories of him being greedy and he's a little bit more greedy than me or little less greeted me are equally greedy anyway we had these stories about what's going on and who's on first and who's on second
we have all these stories going on every moment we have a story
but are we performing at in order to perform it you have to like check out with the story is and the widget you have to study your mind you're kind of consciousness
so it isn't as okay fine i myself i'm i'm being myself and well can i see some questions about how it is to be yourself
and said no no i don't want to get into that
but if someone says so that we can ask some questions we can find out we can find out if the person's actually checked out the person that they say they are
are they just start like rep keynotes writing on can't a release form to i'm study myself finance and law statute and i'm setting myself right now
and now and now i'm studying my mind and study my story now and now i know
which is similar to say i'm
practicing and stillness
if you are still you start to notice that there's somebody there and who it is
just happens to be you
and this you doesn't own this body
you start to notice all this stuff when you practice stillness you start to notice that when you stop running away from yourself
but it's not just not running away it's actually coming home and and checking it out and been kind to it taken care of it
you're welcome anything on shall i bring up this morning
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my question is that i'm not hearing you
ask us to the analytical
i answered
for me sometimes to science and still it feels like i'm trying to achieve something like a particular state fan
okay so this is a here's your example she's she's trying to practice science jonas and she's successful enough and practicing sciences down us to notice if she's trying to get something
she wasn't necessarily sit down a salmon and sit down and see if i can find out if i'm trying to get anything
she just sat down you know there she was sitting there and then she says she noticed hey wait a minute what am i getting out of this
for what am i am i trying to get something or this that becomes that's one of the things you could discover if you sit still
so if i start noticing myself and i'm up to various things like getting something out of practice or are getting something out of life
if you just sit still you start to notice hey i'm trying to get something out of life how ridiculous or or or something else yes what wouldn't or the live
for you know if his was a wise here
he discovered lots of stuff about yourself when you sit still
as you sit still you open up more and more to stillness what stillness stillness is being yourself
the last year distracted from yourself to less you're moving unless you're moving the less than a strike from yourself when you not distract from yourself you started noticing yourself and then you start saying enough of the stillness i gotta get outta here
the stillness is really troublesome i'm noticing all this
and if you notice stupidities is better than noticing
why it's better than noticing all these realities
like it's real to get something out of life rather than is stupid
to try to get something on a life
so back to analytical which we just skipped over
if you are silent and still with your mind you'll notice that your mind is sometimes analytical so then you become friends with the analytical mind
if you start studying your if you sit still used i started used to sustain you start noticing your mind you'll notice that you that you are analyzing your mind you'll notice that you are
analysis is a normal capacity of sentient beings in particular of human sentient beings it's normal to analyze
the right side of the room and the left side of you make the room to right and left and middle upper and lower this is normal downstairs upstairs this is analysis
this is this is this is green not delusion or disillusion with degree or this is hatred
analysis is a normal thing to discover and then
study it
be with it and you'd leave the you know and you'll learn about analysis
it's part of the deal
but i'm not so much telling you to analyze i'm more like telling you please pay attention to yourself and you'll notice that your analytical being
you are analyzers you do take things apart and you're also synthesizers you put things together you create stories and you take them apart he create stories and you analyze them the analyze them and put him back together this is normal
but was unusual is to pay attention to the process is to study it that's unusual that's the work part of the work of buddha's is to study what you're up to
you're welcome

yes she could
right very good to hear she said
she said as she listened to me she becomes aware that she could get lost in my words and other words as she listened to me she could she could get last few to squander away from studying herself
so it's a good it's a great skill to be able to listen to someone talk to hear their words and simultaneously be aware of years of your own self while you're listening to them can be aware i'm afraid this person talked me out i'm afraid i'm uneasy
i'm concerned with whether they liked me or not and concern with
i'm concerned with how it they're saying applies to me this is normal that you'd be had these concerns what's good as to notice that you do but it seems sometimes you you're losing the person you don't you and you can't lose track yourself but also you can lift drag yourself when you're talking you can get lost in your own words so we easily get turned away from ourselves
how into our own words other people's words
that's easy that's the normal way of the world this is the way of turning around going back and noticing that somebody is here listening to these words somebody's here speaking these words this person has gone the this person hasn't it has these things going on right now
this person is fairly comfortable with slurred speech
this person is fairly comfortable with being stupid
and fairly comfortable with wondering whether he stupid or not or this person's really not comfortable with being stupid and hope nobody else noticed and so on
so it's it's easy to get distracted by what i'm saying and it seems to is constructed by what others are saying what's hard is to study the self easy to get involved in movement and noise was hard is to enter into silence and stillness
so we have the special place here to encourage entering silence and stillness unconstructive
on construct the stillness
immediate realization
and then again and again unconstructive stillness and immediate practice of studying the self studying the self studying the self studying the south moment by moment
and patient if you forget and come back

did you say divided know as united did you hear question such as divided intention like listening to the other person and being aware yourself known as united is to unite your attention
can not be dispersed usually people are dispersed outward this is a way to go inward and unite your awareness of the world with your thinking
it may seem like you're going back and forth at first
but once you're once you're home then you can look at the world from home when you've turned away from your home you feel like if you're like have to abandon the outward in order to go back home but you don't have to when she get home and say oh i'm here and i can see the world
yeah and this is the way i see the world
and the world may not be just the way i see it
oh i'm open to that possibility now before i the only way i could be was the were sought sought because they didn't incorporate that what i was seeing included me
today we're we're going to do a probably going to do a well being ceremony so if there's any people you'd like to include and well-being ceremony you're welcome to give us
when we give carolyn
their name
you write it out so we can pronounce it correctly do that at the end of the day if you like
for interviewer
is there enough for this morning i mean for this afternoon
thank you very much
may i intention
an equally extend to every place

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the big guy

now we have a lunch break