Teachings and Meditations On Our True Nature

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Our true nature is that we fully possess the wisdom and virtues of the buddhas. But because of misconceptions and attachments we do not realize our buddha nature. Therefore, teachings are given to listen to, accept, and understand so that such misconceptions and attachments drop away and thus our true buddha nature may be realized. Each class will begin with quiet sitting and walking meditation followed by teachings and group discussions.

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since the last year of classes here some our members have had some health challenges
and i'm happy that we're here still together
one of our regular members very
really enjoys that i that i'm so happy to to talk about the same thing over and over
and i'm in a sense it seems like the series of classes might be something a little different i hope it's okay
so since the last series ended i am
i felt inspired to bring up some teachings which i've understood are very important
very influential in what's called the zen tradition
and i've appreciated them in various ways but i was hesitant to teach them
and then somehow now i feel is like not hesitant but i feel inspired to go ahead and bring them up anyway
even though there's somewhat at risk
of being well being kind of new
unfamiliar and
and maybe even strange or but also maybe really wonderful and and wonder and you might get intoxicated on how wonderful the teachings are
how marvelous some of the suggestions are
so it's in sometimes are kind of risky adventure that i seem to be embarking on and sharing with you

now what i'm referring to is

well just some teachings
which suggest that all living beings
fully possess the wisdom and virtues of all the buddhas
so this that that phrase is english of course and it's a translation from sanskrit and chinese
from up a huge scripture called the flower adornment scripture chapter thirty seven which is called
the manifestation of the guitar and to togheter is one of the epithets
for a fully enlightened being
ah her car
means such miss the way things are
in sanskrit
in poly it's the data
and tatar gotta
could either mean qatar gotta which means gone to such lists or it could be
gotcha i gotcha which means come from such lists
the chinese translated it up on the side of
coming from such this that that the buddha commerce
from such us but of course the buddha goes to such this
and then companies from such nice back and forth
the buddha realize this the way things are and from the realization of the way things are comes forth to all beings
the togheter
so the chapters called the manifestation of the photographer
and in that chapter the buddha that the or says now i see
that all living beings fully possess the wisdom and virtues of the buddha's

and then later in chapter is said again
and then he goes on to say however
because of attachments
and misconceptions they don't realize it
therefore i need to teach them
about their nature of fully possessing the wisdom and virtue as buddha and i need to teach them how to realize it
but it's hits yeah it's helping people realize
that they already fully possessed the wisdom on and purchase the buddha
that doesn't exclude teaching people about their attachments and misconceptions
so to some extent with before this teaching came out there was quite a bit of teaching by the buddha about people's attachment and misconceptions
without mentioning that
even though we have attachment and the even though we have attachments and misconceptions while we have attachment and misconception right now if anybody here has attachment and misconception
that person who has attachment and misconceptions fully possesses the wisdom and virtue of the buddha's but they don't realize it because of the attachment and misconceptions it's a strange situation i'm not strange it's it's an amazing
the and kind of conflicted and confusing situation
then in another very influential scripture in
in the
the tradition of the great vehicle called the nirvana sutra
in early teachings are suffering nirvana sutra a par in nirvana sutra partner von image complete nirvana
there's an early version of it in pali and sanskrit
but then there's a later version which is a mahayana scripture a great vehicle scripture
called the nirvana part nirvana sutra the amar
great mom party nirvana sutra and in that cetera
the buddha says
all living beings without exception
fully possess buddha nature
and then there's a number of other and there's a number of other centres which make this point

and that is another teaching which is related to this teaching about buddha nature which is the teaching called tathagata garba
so again the to togheter and garba means ah
or could be hard
or matrix

so there's teaching of to target the garbage is that there's a matrix
or there's a womb
where the to togheter
our lives and comes forth in the womb
the heart of the to togheter is living beings

and so the to target garba is is another way to say buddha nature and in sanskrit buddha-nature is buddha to which means buddha element
so the buddha nature is sometimes seen
as our potential our disposition to be a buddha
and one of the ways is to find his
such this packet top
bound up
or an associated with pollution

so the buddha is such an us
not associated with pollution
and the womb of the buddha which is not associated with pollution is
the buddha which is such as not associated with pollution the womb of the buddha the heart of that buddha is such an associated with pollution
which is living bags
buddhists are born
from living beings
who are the way things are bound up with defilement or pollution

and so again there's a number of
great vehicle scriptures
which talk about this
situation of all beings having this buddha-nature all beings being the
the womb of the to target the one of the border
but the nirvana sutra and the of times architecture talk about many other thing many other teachings to america they spend a lot of time teaching people how to deal with their attachments and on
misconceptions they give a lot of meditations where we will become
engaged in these meditations and thereby let go of our
attachments and misconceptions and realize this nature which is the way we already are but we don't realize it

but forty or forty years ago or so i i i found it
a treatise a commentary on these mahayana sutras on these various scriptures which deal with is buddha nature
and i started reading it and but i actually before i started reading it i read the introduction and the person who translated this from chinese and tibetan and sanskrit this person a japanese person who translated it in the introduction to it he said this is such a beautiful
teaching but actually it's a little bit it seems like it's not really about buddhism
it seems to contradict basic buddhist teachings
and so i kind of like fed or maybe i should be careful of this
so yeah so i have been careful of it and haven't told you about it but now i'm still going to be careful of it but i'm not going to tell you about this beautiful beautiful thing which may be isn't about buddhism but therefore might be more about buddhism done anything you've heard
we'll see
it's gonna take awhile to get into it
but this treatise
is a big it's a big piece of work
it has hundreds of vs and commentary
and as specializing on this
buddha nature to target the garbage thing whereas it so it's it's a commentary on many scriptures which are dealing with this
so in the background of this study or maybe and to some extent the foreground i should say in the background of what i'm going to be sharing with you is this big presentation about buddha nature to talk into garba
and in the foreground will be part of it
it's probably not can be practical for every one of you to spend many hours with me it's in small study groups going through this text
maybe if i lived in berkeley and did nothing but have study group with here we could do it but
i am i upward yeah but i'm not going to do it
but what i am going to do is i'm going to talk to you about this
this it is it's a commentary on the scriptures it's a scripture but it's a commentary on scriptures whereas the scriptures are not necessarily commentaries on the scriptures they're just straight out coming from the buddha
and i think i can talk to you about this and you can you can learn the structure of it and then we can fill it in
as time allows
orally if you want to read the scripture you can you're welcome to do it and i will tell you
the name of it
but my plan is to actually talk to you about it face to face and
and check to see if you are hearing what i'm talking to your about
because i want you to be able to carry the basic structure of the
of the of this commentary with you
and the basic structure is quite simple
and you can learn it tonight
and again part of the reason i'm saying this is dead
zen is often characterized as being strongly influenced by these scriptures that i told you about and by this teaching of buddha nature
even though that and you don't necessarily here in laws and stories people talking about buddha-nature
it's it's it's what they're talking about it's what they're implying a lot of the time
for example
one of the most famous zen stories is called
georgios doggy
gi joe was a
amazing zen monk who lived in the tang dynasty and he's famous for many things one of the things he's famous for his living to be one hundred and nineteen
and he was so great that he couldn't have any nobody could be a successor
and he studied with many many teachers you weren't all over china studied with like eighty teachers
and and people all over china talked about him and his amazing interactions with many people including with many masters
and so
one in the fame most famous and stories is a monk
asked giorgio does a dog have buddha-nature
that he didn't he didn't ask georgia just a person have buddha nature he asked him if a dog does because the sutra says all sentient big not just humans so dogs don't say not just dream as you say so he says does a dog have buddha nature
famous answer
from jojo is
doesn't have
lou he said
in chinese womb
it doesn't really mean no usually it means there isn't any
or you don't have
so actually the question is dog have or not have buddha nature and georgia says not have

and then the monks as but all sentient beings have the buddha nature
this is a zen story right hold all beings have buddha nature why doesn't a dog and jar joy says

by know he said
he said something what'd he say
i'll probably remember later
i could find out
on the internet
then another time a monk came to jojo and said
yeah neither time a monk can be jar he says does a dog have buddha-nature and job you know again does a dog have or not have buddha nature and gl joe says has
instead of who doesn't have he said yo does have
and then monk says well if it has buddha-nature why does it enter into that skin bag of dog
and georgia says because it knowingly and willingly transgressors

buddha nature knowingly and willingly goes into living beings
because that's part of that's the part of the bodhisattva vow is to be born in skin bags in order to become buddha
so buddha nature knowingly and willingly goes into
the you know
the defilement a birth
the limitation of a womb
in order to enter the woman to to target them yummy
so the translation chose the wrong side does a dog food a nation or not not
look as a boat to all the buddhas below to the crawling bugs all have buddha nature why is it the dog has not master said because he has a nature of correct delusions yeah
so the reason why the dog or the reason why you her i did not have buddha nature is because of comment consciousness which i've talked to you about life
but that doesn't georgia isn't really saying that's why the dog doesn't have buddha nature
he's really think that's why people don't think the dark as buddha nature that's why people don't realize that they have buddha nature they do at buddha nature but because of carmen consciousness which has attachment and misconceptions we don't realize it
the other one is that when you say it does have buddha nature why why in other words why going to this to skin bag is why go into karmic consciousness
because it wants to go into karmic consciousness buddha nature is actually the way things are going into a polluted form it wants to but it turned has to transgress
it has to transgress to go into that polluted form transgress from perfect
such this into such this involved with
bound up with transgression
so that's an example of the buddha nature teaching going into the sand tradition and then jogja explaining
if it if it doesn't have buddha nature this is the reason why and if it does have put in nature this is the reason why but in both cases he is really saying have are not have
he's trying to realize buddha nature which is possible
the buddha is the realization of buddha-nature

so and then there's has i say they aren't in there are gazillions of know there are gazillions because that story is that those stories especially the first one where move that story is has been discussed millions and millions
as of times that that's all were only happened with that one teacher innumerable other people have studied and talked about that story for about
twelve hundred years people have been millions of dead students have been discussing that story
so that the on the indian text
which was transmitted to china and and to bed and korea and japan and now to hear and english
the indian text which is them the most thorough study of buddha-nature and to target to garba
it's called
rotten a gaudreau be bunga mahayana tara tantra shastra
and in tibet they usually to say mahayana utara tantra shastra
but the for the full name
is also
rotten a to be bunga
that's the text and i'm going to
share that text with you
and talk to you about that text and the teaching in that text
and i'm now i'm going to talk to you about the title of the text and see if you can learn the title or text
and when i talked to you about this text and tell you the name of it and what it means in english hobby study it with you
when i tell you this it's gonna change me while i'm telling you
so my yana means the great vehicle
it's the vehicle of those who are becoming in the process of becoming buddhas
so it's great in a sense of it's a process of becoming a great buddha is to process of becoming a to togheter
that's the mahayana but it's also
a great vehicle in the sense that it's for everybody because everybody has this nature
and everybody is a process of realizing this nature
so each of us
has this such this which is
associated with karmic consciousness now most of you know you have karmic consciousness that's our consciousness that consciousness as a mind where you seem to be there
and you have and you have a you have problems
either with yourself and or other people
and where you have some trouble believing that certain people have the buddha nature
a lot of people are having trouble with that now when you see people
tearing children away from their parents when you see people traumatizing children in order to make this a good country to think that we have to be cruel to children in order to make this a good country when people do that you have it's hard for you us to understand all this purse
is that target the garbage
that's because of karmic consciousness it's hard for us to understand this teaching
and this teacher doesn't say get rid of economic consciousness it says that comic consciousness
is bound up with the way things really are and you can't become a buddha or realize the way things really are if you would get rid of your comic consciousness which thinks some people don't have come shouldn't have come consciousness i have to get rid of mine so that i can understand reality or i'll keep mine
cause minds okay i get rid of their hermit consciousness
so yeah

so the mahayana is for all the people all beings who have come and consciousness
so why doesn't the dog at buddha nature why doesn't grab buddha nature
why doesn't rip a buddha nature because he has comic consciousness
but does not correct and job joe knows it
my me having buddha-nature means i have karmic consciousness and i am comic consciousness associated with such this i am such as and karmic consciousness that that is my mood nature that's not why i don't have it that's it
so joshua didn't really mean that that's why such a famous story because all the monks were studied in have cosmic consciousness
and they're trying to understand or what their relationship with buddha-nature what does that no mean
they have to work through this this is kind of a conundrum you might say
okay that's mahayana it's
it's the process it's the movement of everybody towards enlightenment
and everybody who has as buddha nature becoming buddha that's the my on the next part is member the next part
because you couldn't expert see i that's why have to repeat do to get an expert when i say you'll remember right mahayana oh tara what
oh tara tantra
so tata what is retired mean it means
gone beyond it means ultimate it means the highest who care what tantra
what is taunt remain in this case tantra basically means continuity
or continue
and then shah strong
meta commentary so the text that i'm studying and with you now
by telling you the name of it is part of studying it is the universal vehicle to buddhahood
highest continuum
the buddha is the ultimate highest continue on
it's a treatise on the for everybody who is becoming buddha on the basically on this continue on from of everybody
with border
it's a continuum of our nature with we are nature unrealized
in continued with our nature realized
we have the nature and this is a treatise about the process of realizing it
and in tibet they also know that that's not the full title but they you don't say it the rest of the title is rotten a gaudreau
rotten is jewel
gotcha good jewel grodno jaw
and culture means it can be translated as
lineage or gene
or dna used that they usually didn't translated as dna over the centuries but now i think we can understand it maybe as dna and in the form of the gene of our gene for what for the jewel watch
the jewel
it's the three jewels
buddha dharma sangha
can be so it's a rotten a go-to of the bunker and rebound needs analysis or know examination of what of the lineage
the dna of buddha dharma and sangha
so that's full title of this text which is going to teach where the buddha dharma sangha comes from
okay so can you say the time now
my mom
help now maha yagna sam please
you got a voice
do it do do an imitation of your daughter
oh tara tara okay radios good buddy mahayana oh tara tantra shastra rotten now godhra v bog
which is this translate in many ways but away the universal's a great vehicle
ultimate continue on
treatise the jewel
the jewel germ the jewel lineage analysis
gay and so at the beginning of this treatise it says
i bow to all buddhas and bodhisattvas that's how it starts
and then it says the entire treatise

he's embraced
by seven vendre points
roger means like
diamond sometimes sometimes talked about as a diamond sometimes there's a thunderbolt

and it has the confrontation indestructible
at a and t
so one translation is seven at a man teams
our seven elements at a man tents or veitch seven roger points and badgers have points they often come to a point there prongs and points and their diamond like and they refer to something as indestructible
something that the buddha taught in or anything that comes together falls apart all compile all things that are composed
decompose but to some things which are not put together so they don't fall apart
reality is not put together and it doesn't fall apart so the seven badger points
and what are the seven vibes your points the first three
our buddha dharma and sunk
the jewels
so the first three budget points of this big treatise on our original buddha nature first three points are buddha dharma and song
and there's some discussion of buddha dharma and sangha not very long
we can touch on it a little bit but that's the first three
then the next four
buddha nature
realization of buddha nature
the qualities of realizing buddha nature
and the activities of realized buddha-nature

that's a structure of the whole huge teaching
and then and then it goes he thought it
it like has about twenty three vs on buddha dharma and sangha
and then it has about three verses which explained to you what the neck about the neck tell you an overview of the next four
and then it has hundreds of vs on the next four
but tonight i can just tell you about the relationship between the first three
and the last four
the buddha and just briefly i can just say that there are three treasures
first is buddha and from buddha comes dharma and from dharma come saga
and the dharma although it's wonderful it must you gotta like open
have to let go of it
if it's for teaching purposes it's not something you hold onto
and the song also is impermanent
highest continuity is our nature and buddha
buddha has no beginning middle or end but it is freedom from time and space
dharma is teaching us about that and a supports that
what are the three jewels
i'll say more later
but that's basically three yours and there's a little section which explains that
the next four
what what's next for good number one is
buddha nature number two
number three
number four yeah those four
our where the three come from
the three jewels buddha dharma sangha come up out of buddha nature
being realized and the qualities of that realization in the prac and the activities of realization that were the three treasures come from
very simple logical beginning that's the structure of the text
they the triple treasure is described as a rare and sublime and this rare sublime triple jewel triple treasure is born from buddha-nature
realized and then the realization activity and the realizations activity is to go back and realized the buddha nature so it's a cycle their buddha-nature the cause of what what's better natures cause of thick
yes but before the activity
yeah the the buddha-nature is the cause of the realization
we are the cause of buddha
and boot is the position
of our buddha-nature be realized
and the activities of buddhism qualities and buddhists are what realizes
our buddha-nature without tampering with it
so that's
that's just very short a description that the the treatise gives of how these different topics work and so the first part of this of it is to talk about the buddha nature
before we get into realizing it there's quite a bit of teaching about what about this buddha nature which is the cause and then the other three are the conditions for the realization of it

so that is that some forbid new know
it's a little know
it is in it it's a little new for me to discuss this with you
how so we can we can have some good somebody tried during life's a little bit although this is quite nice
i'm blessed i can see you

ah there we go thank you okay so that's the kind of introduction to this new tissue on and are you feeling or are you feeling how you feeling about this
intrigued us was splitting
yeah there's just there's this tip there's his treatise which i've been postponing discussing for forty years
because i thought
it wasn't the right time
i don't know if it's right time now i'm i'll find out if nobody comes next week

because for example
buddhism usually
thought of as a teaching that teach us that everything is impermanent
the that phenomena have the the mark of impermanence not self and suffering
that's a common if you say that people say oh yeah that's buddhism and of course i i a creek
the nature of ours of are you know personality of our personal self is that it's
the nature of our personality is not self it's not an independent ah it's just not something independent of the psychophysical constituents that we that are comprise our experience that's what people usually think of as buddhism this teaching is saying
that this bullet is is a self
and it's eternal and it's joyful
it's the you know it's a really great it's very positive with and very beautiful but doesn't sound like buddhism
do some people
now that the person who wrote the person who wrote the treatise back in india his name was a saga he had no problem with what he was worth writing this thing
he was all
the person who wrote this
he was kind of and a man un says herbal note and manual and just means
a man means a manner meet hand he had wrote
what he heard from somebody for whom you hear from he heard it from the next buddha
he was a great scholar
and i'm very sincere practitioner but he you know he just come how has having problem problems with buddhism he loved it he stood devoted to it pretty he was very unsettled about it and he feel like he needed help from the next buddha was my trail which means loving
kindness and he prayed they said he prayed to my tray for twelve years to come and teach you
and finally after twelve years
his prayers came to fruition and he got to meet the great body sound fun
and then they had
our relationship and the relationship was conducted excuse me for saying so in a haven't gone to shit up
he went to that heaven where he met and that heaven i don't know where the heavens aren't you know they're they're not exactly not in india but they're also how to they're not exactly in india it's like being in india but actually being in a heaven and india and in that heaven he just happened to be meeting the next buddha who is a body sought
for and that and you have some conversations with him
and then he writes to hear write down what he said and this treatise
is you know what does bodhisattva talk this book with the great bodhisattva taught the other great body sandra who could write you know i guess in sanskrit
briana so we have the original vs and we have commentaries are written in the human realm
which do not sound like a lot of other things that were familiar with by buddhism so again when the zen often doesn't sound like buddhism to
some people hear about zen and they say well as kind of neat but i don't know if it's buddhism that sounds kind of unusual
so again when all beings have buddha-nature why doesn't why doesn't a dog or why doesn't a human or because of carmen consciousness but again that
that actually sounds like buddhism
that because of crime and consciousness we don't realize buddhahood that's blocking us this is saying
that the actual situation where we don't have come where we don't have buddha nature his a situation a buddha nature
which somebody might think that's not buddhism but buddhism's transcends buddhism so
so this is buddhism really big buddhism by not being stuck in buddhism
anything you want to bring up tonight yes adam

well i think gum
you don't like it like if a dog
book him it would be kind like this game

i have a dog
i say where you could say i had a dog
and my dog's name was laura
hi i receive lar as a gift when she was a puppy and then she grew up
and after a year or two
she started to ah
i didn't not i somehow came to understand
that she was in heat
and she
i don't know i knew it but i think mate i might have known it because there are lots of dogs outside of my apartment
male dogs
scratching and hooting and she was really interested to go outside to meet these guys
this is called being in awe
come consciousness she and i wasn't kind of consciousness looking at her wanting to got there with those guys and they were and comment karma conscious wanted to get her to come out
but i didn't want to go up because my karmic country did not want to have to take care of a lot of puppies
not to mention having a pregnant dog
so i didn't let her go

but somehow she got out
no not and one particular miraculous amount the door was left open she got out and but i happen to be there when she got out so i weren't i ran after her
and she was already got out how did the house down the steps of the don't don't down the back steps and there they were waiting for her
and i said to her
come back
and and she came and she came back
but before she but she's coming back i noticed she was bringing somebody with her who had kind of as we now a hooked up with her
so she was dragging this guy up the stairs

this is buddha activity she showed me how stupid i am
she told me how controlling i am and how ridiculous and ugly that is
that would activity she was part of the process
of realizing my buddha nature
and that interaction that she had with that dog
was the end of her heat
she wasn't here anymore
can one go out anymore
she was pregnant i didn't know it but i noticed she didn't want to go out anymore
and then and then i started to notice that she starts
grow and look like she was pregnant and and then she also started as as as time went on she started to choose
oh is red
read stuff from her rear end
and i wanted her to be in the kitchen which had although know liam floor
so the red stuff wouldn't get all over my bed
i didn't have read sheets
and she liked me on my bed but turn a time where she was losing i didn't want her on my bed
now someone might think of that guy doesn't have buddha nature
but the teaching is the the the human male who was trying to get her not to bring her bloody body up until his bed
was such an us bound by
pollution trying to control that a sweet little dog who just wanted to get blood or just do you want qibla she's won't be on my bed and bring her and she just happened to be bleeding
but i somehow i you know she was jewish given me an opportunity to like
realize my buddha nature
but i kind of with resisting i was has some attachment to my bed not been
have their blood oliver i had some attachments and resistance to pollution so pollution is one former pollution is basically to resist pollution
correct correct english history
for anyway
she accepted that i want you to stay in the kitchen she had nice bed which she could get blood all over and as she got it on the linoleum i could clean it up
as a few session she except she accepted my
program to more or less other although she accepted as she still want to be in my bed
and then one day i came home and she was up in my bed
up with a pillow area
and pillows are kind of like a whitish color but now they had become covered with red red protoplasm
and i said to her
get off that bad cold and kitchen and she did
and then i went over to clean up the situation and there were several puppies
this is the activity of dog
my continue on bringing me another step closer to boot on by showing me how ridiculous it is how ridiculous i was
if she had growled i wouldn't have understood house how ridiculous i was but she obediently got off left her puppies and let me discover them and then i said okay and she came back up on the bed with her puppies
her gentleness
towards me being controlling of her is what a buddha probably would do
be gentle with us more tried when we're kind of control how life is going to help us wake up to our disrespect
of the buddha nature of ever all beings by trying to control so the buddha's that realize ones sometimes have this like critical assistance
they were like helping us realize one word and not
letting go of our attachments and conceptions and this is another step towards
where we're going
now tracy wants to know what would i do now
well if you set it up like that again you know like give me a dog with the name laura
in you know have come into heat have the dogs outside what am i going to do
what i do the same thing again would i do something different
i cannot
i guess we just have to watch and see what i do
when you bring me a dog in heat
say what i do
or bring me here
are human and eat
and see what i do how do i handle it
why we saw her one scientists from high
good shape because she has a cosmic consciousness she has like i'm here
they're out there i want to go i want to go hang out with him he's my he's the guy who feed me you know and he doesn't want me do so you know but i do want but i still want to go out
so she wasn't actually she was having yeah she actually wasn't like saying okay forget it she was actually like still wanted to go out and she didn't go out
that was way her carmack i would say i'll give her credit for it being having a karmic consciousness like reader does a dog have karmic consciousness i would say young
herbert an ancient
when your karmic consciousness goes outside you ever go outside every time you go outside your comic consciousness goes outside
but your but such as comes with you you can't get out the door without such us
reality is right there with your karmic conscience that wants to go outside so here i want to go outside such as contract long and then if you're attached to the the if there's attachment here then you don't realize that such as is right there such as
she's right with you you realize it but as you notice your attached and start to feel embarrassed about it and really look at it he started to realize or this is attachment and there's such mrs right there you start to realize the way you really are he said you got kind consciousness which
he's going along with the dog or not
which thinks here here and not there which think to your dog not somebody else's that comic consciousness
yes your buddha-nature is you don't have to have cosmic consciousness you also have such this
just like a buddha buddha has such this they just don't have to come consciousness
but by working with your karma consciousness
you wake up to your the such lists which is always there
and then you have comic con yeah such as unpolluted and
unpolluted and
completely free now this buddha who is such as free of pollution is in omnibus is omnipresent with all the such notices that are polluted
so all sentient beings who has such as bound up with pollution the buddha's who has such as not mount up with so it would put pollution are omnipresent with all the sentient beings
and turned it around the buddha's who are such miss unpolluted
i have the omnipresence of beings who are such as with pollution
and that's in their qualities and activities are would help all sentient beings realize their buddha nature

a non ridiculous respond to be

to be deeply respectful of this dog who wants to go out
when she's in heat to be deeply respectful of her
it's possible that in being deeply respectful of her i might also be deeply respectful of me who doesn't want her to go out
and i might get down my knees and beggar different give me from being who i am from forgive her for ever forgive me for my polluted relationship with my with such us
and she might look at me like
you know if i wasn't in hate i wouldn't think that probably pretty interesting
but i think i was not respectful
and i think when we're not respectful in ridiculous means
ridicule would be appropriate right
so i wasn't yet as a priest but when as a priest is not respectful in some sense you if they would that would be ridiculous right when bodhisattvas when people on the great vehicle or not respectful and kind of ridiculous and the words you could you that they would be good candidates for ridicule
will not really shouldn't ridicule them you should respect them but if anybody's into to ridicule we can we know we got some good candidates here to receive it which would be someone who's vowing to respect all life and not respecting a dog
somebody who forgot or never even heard that dogs have buddha-nature

he just have to say what have i chose to have her spayed
to a spade a spade a dog
yeah yeah so that would be a question can you stay a dog respectfully

it takes away her

not it doesn't take he yeah no no no no no no spaying a dog doesn't take away the dogs buddha nature
tampa fla takes away some of the parents
i think it i didn't i think what it's like of i took your scarf away okay that wouldn't take away your buddha nature get good crime your cart please so i didn't take your scarf you gave it to me right
can i give it back you know
but i didn't take your buddha nature i just ask you for your scarf and gave it to me but who i took that scarf without asking you
that might go along with me forgetting
that you have this buddha element and i should respect you and i shouldn't take anything from you that you don't give me so can a dog donate her reproductive organs to to science
not for me know if they could then maybe i would say okay let's go to the doctor
i'm not saying
but the
part of what we can discuss here is the so-called bodhisattva precepts
which one of them is not killing other one is not taking what's not given k
the those precepts are
our were buddha comes from good it comes from not killing and not taking what's not given so if i am wishing to realize buddha nature
i e buddha is realized buddha nature if i want to do that then i shouldn't i should i should not be involved and taking things from beings that don't give them to me
so maybe i wouldn't take anything from a dog if i really respected the dogs put in nature but if i do take something from you i don't take away your buddha-nature i'm more like ignore it don't take it away and i kind of forget mine too and the process maybe
i remember your buddha nature i i wouldn't you know
and people do you to there aren't that many stories about people stealing things from good as
but occasionally somebody might actually grow up and tried to steal something from good it's possible
but still buddha that you don't take were booed as buddhahood and you don't take away somebody's potential and somebody's
true nature
by forgetting their true nature
you just miss a chance to celebrate it
so i have but i'm not saying it's impossible to go through the process of a dog being spayed and also respect to dog i'm not saying that
i just right now myself cannot imagine me taking a dog and to be spayed i'd earned a high would do that
you know
after an active respect for the dog but maybe i could
if i knew that ah
i don't know what's involved in spain but if the dog as cancer
maybe spain would be similar to an appropriate medical attention
so when you get in when we get into the details of how to realize buddha nature we get into the details of how to practice the bodhisattva precepts which are buddha nature precepts how do you wake up to the precepts
because the buddhas are born from buddha nature but they're also born from the buddha-nature precepts
they're born from not killing not stealing a line
you get on
going city center for that
not able to stay
if if if i feel
then you your
brass patients

and how we how have we dancer
sure it is not too
buddha nature is buddha nature is
he is not killing
okay it's not stealing but what does that mean
that's that's what we're trying to find out what does it mean what does not killing me what does not stealing mean what does that mean
that's that's we're we're having a conversation about what that means and in my case when i
yeah when i pull the dog to get off the bed
yeah did the dog agree with me and get off to bed or they sort of did but did i say it respectfully
i did not
could i have said it respectfully maybe i could have
hey your that realization dogs for
you don't realize that so how does that play into or your a
you mean when you went up when you say not knowing you mean that i am aware that i don't know or

that's right
but it wasn't it wasn't that if i didn't know the dog had puppies i still might have told the dog to get off
it was the interaction than the dog getting off and it did not defending herself or her puppies her her obedience woke me up to my disrespect
she helped me understand
that what that i wasn't been respectful to her and she was being respect her respected me showed me that i wasn't respectful to her
so it is possible to do various things in this world and really respect and as possible to do other things which we usually have no problem with like i don't know what you could say to me grab would you pass the salt
and maybe there's no jupiter political environmental impact about that the taught on the table already made me think okay well it's okay for barbara joan to ask for the salt and he can give a tour and it's not going to be a problem right
but what if i don't respect you when i give it to you
that's the problem now what if it's but what if it's not so simple as past us all maybe it's more complicated
but still the the thing is to our respect you to i remember that what we're doing here is realizing our buddha nature
what we're doing here as realizing who we really are and where are really going on we distracted from that and being primarily concerned with keeping r pillowcases white well yes i am and that's ridiculous that that's my agenda when i meet a a dog is like
the main thing here is
keep my pillow good keen not
what are we doing together hear me and doggy
that's the point that's what this produces about is remembering that we're doing here or in the process of making buddhas
and can can that in that mission of that process can we say would you please give me a kidney
would you please give me some blood would you please not get blood on my pillow can we say that
can we can we spay a dog in the process without getting distracted let's see
bring up examples where you're having trouble seeing how you could do it and be respectful can i kill gophers and be respectful
i have gophers you know i'm basically well in some say in some sense my wife calls me the king gopher when i go away the gophers really going nuts
no and and i come and i come back and there's all these
we don't make mountains out of molehills doing so we don't make mountains out of out of gopher hills do it we just see it's a gopher hill and it's about two feet wide at its two feet in circumference and about seven inches tall
there's a gopher thing now is it okay with you if i killed of gophers
okay with you okay with you
hit one
it's okay to onto gotta wonder you got it okay for wanting is it okay if i kill gophers
is it okay if i get is it okay by spay gophers

for thirty years they've been interacting with these gophers
now would i do is i find i find the mound and i rake it
and i pull out the rocks can i put him in the creek and the not have a flat surface which is dirt
that's what i do
i do not i don't very often think about killing gophers and i don't make plans to kill gophers
and people have given me rabbit urine they've given me his beepers you know nobody has given me poison
people do not almost no one wants me to kill the gophers
in karmic consciousness there can be a thought i would like to kill the gophers
and that karma consciousness is associated with
reality with such as
we're trying to
realize that
and it's not per hour so i'm sorry but tonight i did not put my hearing aids on a pinch somehow i managed to hear you this is a demonstration i didn't use them
so i will be interested to see if anybody wants to keep studying this text
if nobody comes next week
i don't know what i'll do
but this is something new
now i know you will be your next week and it's not because there's something new right
if a see not gonna be here yeah so but i i won't i won't take it as a vote against this teaching
and so thank you for letting me open up a new dimension
new dharma dimension
i can see a new dharma dementia
i suppose when somebody is involved
he's losing their mind
i suppose
the wonder of his teacher
it's kind of i
inspired by this
i want to share with you
thank you