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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well here we are again
i was thinking of often do
at yoga room events

from the from almost the first time we had these gatherings over at the julia morgan theatre studio
and i think we've been having meetings
for about thirty five years
i don't think forty that would be
seventy eight
but around
between eighty and eighty five i think i started coming
pardon me
ah well we have had met when we've been having meetings mean and you
and some other people here were at the meetings
and the studio original and then the studio was upstairs and eventually had a downstairs studio to but the meeting we all met almost always met upstairs maybe once we met downstairs for some reason across the hall
and downstairs there were ballet studios and each ballet studio i think had a piano
so we we started sitting in usually that would be piano music playing and teachers
loudly giving instruction and the sound of
little feet peter pattering and then outside that was airplanes and buses and dogs barking
that's how the meditations started
pretty noisy
but by the end of the meditation it was almost always quiet
and i still don't know if the people of ballet class thought it got quieter
i don't know if the ballet class got quieter and if the dogs bark more quietly and the airplanes were muted their engines and the buses
put on mufflers i don't know but it got quieter every time
and i really enjoyed his kind of like going to sleep it's very hard trick if your watch yourself quarter sleep is just easier coming in but then but you don't actually catch the moment when and i i i couldn't catch the moment where it sort of like cook and got com and tonight as you make some
have you know there was quite a bit of noise outside now on this case you say well they really did get quieter
did you hear
and it got quiet
but they really did get why this case it wasn't just that we went into meditation
but maybe it was and that we go into meditation and the neighborhood gets quiet
when when it gets quiet for us it gets quiet for them
so i've i really appreciate that we have this form we come and we settled down
and then we have these
outrageous teachings to 'em
to absorb and were and we be with the we because we've become absorptive in the first part so now i can bring up amazing things and you can kind of handle it and if your get worried that you can't you can tell me that which you do like barbara zone said something like that
towards the end of the last class which i wanted to sort of start with that but before i bring up what she brought up it reminded me of another story a similar story to hers which was
which is
and will be
marty could try to find out how many years i've been coming where there's
thirty five or thirty or
ah this promise of records right maybe not
anyway i had this friend of mine
michael murphy and he's one of the co-founders of esalen institute
he's the brother of the person who i was the character that ah
what's his name the guy road east of eden
yeah steinbeck grew up in salinas and so did michael murphy had michael murphy's brother what is the character and east of eden
i kind of wild guy that michael's brother anyway in in his later years michael had a son had to kiss first son
and one day when his son was young like me before
maybe five maybe six but i don't think it anyway
young enough to say what god or who is god or what's god and i don't have remember michael said but he said something like
and so that his son whose name is mackenzie murphy
he sunset well
is it is the table god michael zodiacs and
this is the room god yes is the sky god yes and he kept going like that said my god yes i just kept going like that and he passed out
and michael called nine one one
but he recovered before the paramedics got there
so i don't know what happened
but before i guess what happened i'll just say before yeah i guess what happened i was talking about
our true nature are true
the way we ultimately truly are
i think i was talking about some good how we we include everything and were included in everything
how we are the whole universe coming to meet the whole universe giving rise to the whole universe all over the universe and in each place
in mckenzie and jeff and nettie and barbara
but each of us is the whole universe meeting the whole universe including it
including it and being included in it
and i was taught me something like data and me but maybe something else i've talked about and barbara jones said something like feeling that fervor overwhelmed at this prospect or this description how do you remember it
question how you cope with it
how you cope with it
you questioned how yoga cope with it
the effort thing
the everything how do you not be overwhelmed by everything is what
how do you not be overwhelmed by everything being you
and you being everyone how can you not be overwhelmed by that well
you are overwhelmed by it
and the way you're overwhelmed by it is by being you
you're overwhelmed by it and you overwhelm it
but that's exactly who you are the way you actually are is how you are
you are like this so i've talked to you before about in previous sessions about
that we are conversation
i'm not i don't exist by myself i exist only in conversation with others
i basically am i basically and welcoming my existence is basically welcoming
but it's also being welcomed cause other existences are also basically welcoming and they're welcoming me and you so we're basically welcoming and being welcomed and if you try to cope with that you get kind of off center
because the way you actually are coping with it is already you already are coping with it and the way you're coping with it is by being how you actually are
and you can't get hold of that because
you can't get a whole the whole universe and you can't get a hold of how you are included in it
but that's what you are catch touch that's the way you that's the way we actually are
but passing out as one of our skills that we have sometimes it's good to pass out
he was by the way the boy was sitting when he passed out is sitting like a couch so didn't get hurt
that's why we sit when we meditate on this so if you do pass out
if you're not going to fall far
we might not it might just fall forward
ah and that's why we don't recommend that just for a known except empty impress long time don't meditate in trees are on the edge of cliffs
this this way we are
is yeah it's
it's the truth of us and to truth of all things
everything is the whole universe as that thing
everything is all pervaded and all-pervading so we share this ultimate truth and we are communicating it
and we're asking for it and we're and n-word and were being called to express it and we start with compassion
towards this person
and towards everybody that
is included in us so we practice compassion with that by welcoming everybody that's included and in the process we may notice that there's some sticking point there
like i don't want to include of that one
and some people said while i'm willing to i'm willing to accept it i include him but i'm not included in him or i'm willing to accept it i'm included in him but i'm not willing to accept that he's included in me people have their different basically resistances to what to reality
and then this resistance has turned into obsessive greed and hatred not just disliking
but locked into
excluding or holding on
and it becomes obsessive and compulsive
so are buddha nature in a sense or buddha nature is not our true nature
our buddha nature is
our true nature
together with what
what louder
defilement you together with defilement together with pollution
for example
it's the way we are the whole universe coming together to meet the whole universe in the form of this experience or that that's the way that's our true nature and that is originally and unceasingly pure
but we also have misconceptions and attachments
so living beings have this true nature which is fundamentally always from beginning this time pure because it includes everything and equipment is included it's pure there's no way to to file that includes are good and are evil you
can't defile i set up like that
you could say that's why but anyway i don't know why i say what i say but by situation is not dual but i don't know what caused you to say that to me or caused me to answer you
but it is not do our true nature is non dual again we're not do with everything and everything's non duo with us and also our priority is not duel with our defilement because our purity and clue
as our defilement never clues everybody else's to defilement are purity is that we pervade all defilements and all goodness there's no goodness that you're not involved with
any goodness universe you're there
any good universe it's in you
nerf goodness way over in you know to bed or
tierra del fuego or and article has no good knock down there this mountain you
and me to of those how you're not the only one
so we are our true nature is the non duality of all things and in our true nature includes everything yes and has sentient beings we have this true nature
and we have misconceptions and the misconceptions are very
a trigger a pair truthfully of appearing they appeared they appear as saying that they're true and so we attached to them it's true
so and that attachment to these misconceptions
they've got hit it kind of interferes with us accepting our true nature it sort of covers it over and then when we hear about it
weeks with we might feel or how can i deal with that or my pass out
are we might start you know when my collect this is this is mystical or whatever this is ungraspable we have various things but we might feel those things to say even those mystical i'm you know i'm going to allow it i'm going to allow the whole universe to be included in me and i'm going to allow
i'm included in it
and that
is a big step towards actually realizing that
but lot of people get someone awestruck
by this infinite inclusion and infinite being encoded
and then sometimes than they thought it
don't know what
shrink back from the teaching and just go hang out in the defilement for a while
can forget about the true nature
but we're in the process of purifying the buddha nature
and when the buddha nature is purified than were a buddha and the way we purify it is by faith in the buddha nature
and by being compassionate to the defilements i be compassionate to them and listening to the teaching the defilements become purified
and we realize the body of buddha
i'm curious or treat bath and you said there are all
and about the let's just day i used to statement i feel overwhelmed okay
let's just say that was just maybe have said that statement okay
so you said i am i am overwhelmed but i am
said i have over well i well so there's there's not really i'm not alone
pardon there's not really work there's no wrong because i will well yeah that's one way to put it
but does not overwhelm because you have the feeling of overwhelm and not feeling is not overwhelmed it's like a nice healthy
robust feeling i'm overwhelmed which you have sometimes and sometimes you don't but when you have it is fun it's like you know a good old fashion
experience of overwhelm or good old fashioned thought that you are a good or faction of fear that you might be each one of those things is the way you are at that time
and if you can like the compassionate that and let it be that will purify your what you're up your attaching to your ideas of what overwhelm means or doesn't and it will help you purify your resistance to be overwhelmed and they
overwhelmed is also like being pure
it will being kind to the fear of this situation of this truth
our trepidation of this truth
or you know they sometimes call this mysterium tremendous i'm the mystery of trembling we we sent we sort of our our conceptual equipment kind of trembles in the face of what i can't get ahold of if you can't get a hold of this including everything and being included as
so equipment kind of of the whole but but but what about me how can i operate and so on am i going to still be able to function if i can't get a of this and somebody from
from the universe might say you'll be fine
you're temporarily
ineffective you're not making it to what's going on and that's just find because all buddhas i've just like you
and we have so many stories about that
even if i'm not feeling overwhelmed i still him and if i am feeling i am and if i think i might be i am i actually am overwhelmed so overwhelmed is kind of like you when you feel that way is kind of like you're probably opening to this idea someone
but when you completely open to it you might not have that thought but you might what you're thinking of at the time is just that's the like i'm not overwhelmed is a perfectly good example of the whole universe overwhelming you has it makes you feel
like you're not overwhelmed
rebels and

in and out lie
was up a slap
why is there are true nature and we
are you asking me why the universe makes you the way you are right now because you so why are you set up that way the way your setup
and me too
so you think i know why the universe makes i don't know why the universe makes you the way it does pardon
on a period after say
it could have been
who says green arrows that
something about way love our out we were in casual
was during an animal fat and girls
he said
so what what you're saying why how come we're set up in such a way that were afraid of being overwhelmed thirty min
i don't know why
are overwhelming well i think our consciousness
cannot handle the complexity of our life
and it and if it and if you would open up to consciousness and show it for example
a third of what's going on in the unconscious most people would pass out
but if you if you're sure to little of what's going on in the consciousness you also pass out so the that the homeowner homeostatic mechanisms the body and mind the keep consciousness somewhere in the ballpark of where it's
well it work has to be conscious and it getting the amount of information that can stand without passing out but occasionally there's an opening which gives it too much and you pass out like when the little boy is that god as i got in too much came in and he passed on
and so i am but it also have to to lily a pass out so that's a neurological thing

i think it's whatever it is from evolution it we evolved to
to have this control center called consciousness if there was a time when i think probably living beings did not have consciousness they had cognitive processes but they didn't have like a mind which simplified things and had a self there is like it's a control center problem solving area
a you can say two things in consciousness which you can't do in the unconscious like you can build sand castles in consciousness but you can't build him in the unconscious and conscious is doing you know it's to active to have
to build a sandcastle but it can tell consciousness how to do it and it can also tell conscience is that the data sandcastle that somebody else built
or even that food or less how yeah go
yeah but the in the unconscious can recognize it as food and sent a message to consciousness to there's food but they aren't but the unkind their unconscious not like i'm here seeing that that's food than how it comes up in a consciousness and i'm here and often times that's food is not overwhelming but sometimes that's food is
overwhelming so that would pass out
and the unconscious keeps feeding us enough keeps giving us stories every minute what keeps us kind of awake and with one were sleeping
when we're sleeping when we're dreaming it's also feeding us and we're conscious but there is a time when we're sleeping in deep sleep or were not conscious conscience has turned off in deep sleep
then there isn't a mind where i'm there it's and it's more restful
and you said you're lying down and asleep the and the unconscious saying this is safe you can like be unconscious for a while we don't need your conscious contribution right now and then at a certain points that we need you can
yes patrick
or years
thinking about yeah dogs horses it
lol that is good
well so
true sick
tj a struggle with finding our purifying the might be your lap
ah my quest
pure i my by mean capacity sure if i buy are not push away our findings for also use it said files a third that every include everyday ah also won a prize have particularly
versus meditate
meditative aspect or the sure occasion or any other boss teaching about this idea of purification look around at work i've got three so
i'd like to say about practices rat irradiation
oh my
how does it he asked do you say a big task he asked
as it's a big ask that's a big ask
and you want me to talk to you before i speak to his thing
before the i'm i was going to respond to him said he can meet me i okay so
so here's a story of how you doing you ah
is maybe you could start by confessing and repenting that
for example that you resist the idea that you include everybody
so i resist that ah
i already know and i i see that person over there and i think that what i see is what they are
which is part of the reason
that i don't want to include them because i think they really are that way which i do not want to include
if i would see somebody and have an idea of them wouldn't but wouldn't believe that was true but just the idea have of em i would make it easier for me to include them
so i can either like be compassionate to my resistance to i'm living together with everybody
and if as i
it really compassionate to that resistance that resistance will drop away and i won't be more willing to allow
that i include everybody and allow that i'm being included i'll be a lot i'd be willing to accept our responsibility
and again that that purifies these misconceptions and purifies the attachment
they they will drop away and what will be left
is the way i always was and always will be
my true name my my ultimate truth of my life which is your ultimate truth that's one story of purification a more elaborate story is that we practice
well that we take refuge in the buddha the dharma and the saga will take refuge in enlightenment would take refuge in the teaching of enlightenment we take refuge in the community of practitioners of enlightenment we go for refuge in those three as one story and then after that we practice
we practice repentance and confession
another story is we practice convention and report can confession repentance and then we go for refuge but it's really a circle some some texas says take refuge in three treasures and then repent
but other ones that says repent and then take refuge so zen center every morning
almost every morning we together formerly practice confession and repentance
and then we and then we go for refuge
and going for refuge and buddha is going for refuge in realization of the ultimate truth it's going for the realization that follows the purification and the purification comes with confessing and repenting the impurities
the attachments the misconceptions the resistances to the teaching
because we do sometimes resist the teaching and one of the ways resists the teaching is we forget to practice it
it is possible to listen to the teaching
and then listen to the teaching and then listened as a teaching and just continue that from now on is possible in other words non stop listen to the teaching
so yesterday i was taught me that green gulch about in some sense essence one of the main teachings on repentance is to sit upright and contemplate the true marks of all things hundred words to sit up by like you to here and contemplate re
reality watch reality
the whole universe is coming to meet the whole universe as this person this person and this person to contemplate that but i can see you but i can't see how the whole universe comes together and made so universe makes you
i can't see that but i can also but i can contemplate that
that's the such as of you at such as a view into such as of view i can contemplate something that's invisible which is the ultimate truth of our things
the ultimate truth of all visible things is the way everything is making each end of each individual visible thing
and if i don't do that practice
then i can confess i didn't do it i got distracted i could have been doing it no matter what i'm doing you can listen to the baseball game and also contemplate the true marks of the baseball game you can contemplate a true marks of this team
and that team
you contemplate the true marks of
not being interested in the game the way you used to be interested in the game if you do practice i just said
if you see the truth or both teams it doesn't make you want either team to not do well
he want both teams to be happy
you can still enjoy the game it just it won't be the same you won't hate anybody if you do this practice
but if you do hate somebody then if you confess it repented that is buddhist practice so then you read don't return to the practice if you confess that she got distracted so by basically confessing and repenting not doing the practice
you purify the practice and by doing the practice he also purify the practice or you purify the defilements which are part are included in your buddha-nature and important good as include in your boot if i say put a nature it was good you might say well yeah
if i say buddha doesn't cut off good you may say well yeah but but it doesn't cut off evil
would it accepts the presence of evil in the presence of suffering
yes but i just did not accepted so i'm sorry
i turned away from the boot away this obnoxious thing which i turned away from was really come into me and saying here is an opportunity for the boot away it and i missed it and i'm sorry
that process will purify all the resistance to every opportunity offering itself as an opportunity to express the boot away
and the buddha's have gone through this process
a purification of their misconceptions when they were sentient beings and their attachments and then they realized
the buddha nature which is to realize truth and defilement
and then they are free of the defilements have to realizing where the fireman's and purity live together
does she want to bring up something on the bundle is that this point the three or explanation
i could say that
i got an inkling
ah another nature
an inkling that i love
with nature
struggling to evolve
yeah struggling a buddha nature is
can say is a buddha nature is struggling to evolve and the one of the meanings of buddha nature struggling to vault evolve is struggling to evolve as buddha-nature
but and the other way as buddha nature is trying to do this thing called evolve
but when you're struggling to evolve your really that touch your buddha nature is is struggling to evolve
even appeal he even yet even at the
well the ultimate isn't struggling to evolve but the ultimate
but it got it's the ultimate truth is
what's it doing it it still listening to all the and evolved beings it's not separate from the and evolved beings but it's not it's not evolving anymore
or it's a it's of all it's it's evolution is is just the evolution of on enlightened beings that gets evolution it has nothing to evolve it with it's just the way things are all over the place but the way things are is that lot of people are resisting and so it's open
draw the resisting
so it it's the the evolution of buddhist this is our evolution
the buddha's aren't really evolving except through our evolution

what did try and tell me in the one thank you thank you
working where
this yeah

the relationship to me
when get out there
is said

right after i have
conversation then
approximate get repented and but
maybe if away
i often experience a high hardness of people
don't want to have that conversation and any either say that were to say
they say with words or gestures like they go i don't want i want to have a conversation with you are they go
oh yeah both are both yeah
yeah right
me too
and physically present
yeah to them by phone
yeah there's many ways yeah
i've been curious about how to practice with
including that person even is
like including play including that person
even if they are saying i want you
you're wondering how you include them when they say i don't want to be included or just practicing with that
that's how you do it you practice with the situation of the person thing i do not want to be included in your life
leave me alone and you know i do not want to be include i do not want to be included and also don't want to include you
and then if you include them saying that to you and you feel included at them saying that to you you're doing boat work
guess what they're totally included and you join good as work and you're totally included in them when you do good his work
now if you don't do that if you don't
except in allowed the that this person who does not want to talk to you is included in you and your included in them saying i do not want to talk to if you don't do that you still are included in them and they're still included new but now with their including is you're not practicing
and then you confess i'm not practicing and they were included me not practicing and i'm sorry not just because i didn't do it but because they got included
they didn't want to be couldn't make as it actually pay for probably i would my practice
so i know what i don't be included in her cause she's not practicing when they actually find out some day that when they told you that did that they didn't want to be included you and they didn't want you to be included in now that you practiced with that and included that when they find out that later they're very far that they didn't they didn't go along with it that
mr chance to be with a buddha
for the time being though they have to hold their position just say you really have something to work with
but they're offer you a chance to practice the buddha away in the face of i do not want to practice year buddha away get your put away autumn my face
and if they sell it to you and you like include that and are included in it they they might pick it up and say wow
she really included when i said i didn't not want her to include me and be included in and her she really accepted that which in other where she included me telling her that they you're not want to be included
so i've i've tell the story in grandchildren easy stories to tell them about
because i don't know why but they somehow they work out that they don't mind and to telling stories about them
but other people might so i named my grandma i'm looking at my grandson and i'm feeling like i'm included in him and he is included in me and i'm looking at him like that and he's trying to eat his breakfast
and he starts going like this
and they look for me says would you stop staring at me and i go
look at the ceiling
and i i felt just as included looking at the ceiling is looking at his dear face and he sees me look at the field ceiling and he's saying that i included his request he maybe doesn't pick up that i felt included in him telling me not to look at him but why i did my best as a grandfather
a zen priest by looking at the ceiling and then he's ready to talk again then he's ready to include me in his life i'm welcome backed because he can realize if this guy gets overwhelming i can tell them to cool it and he will and i will if it gets to be too much
tell me the coolant and i'll start looking at you
adoringly which might be too much tell me to stop and i probably will on ninety nine percent of time and i i don't need to be looking at you that way i am other ways that are perfectly good just tell me what to do how include i included
and the reason you said that to me i don't know why i said to me i don't know why i don't know sometimes you say look at me more look at me less i don't know why
but i do have a teaching to deal with it
and so
they are actually wanting us to include them
and the way they show it is to say okay can you include this
have you can get how about this while by this
can you got this
and you can say he can say no and even though you do because sometimes you sense that they want you to include them by saying no he picked up to say no that's your way of and which you totally feel you do and it's so beautiful that you can say no
as an expression of i totally include that you don't want me to say yes
and i have no problem
responding to your request
which are include and i'm included in it is so wonderful but it's also
another part of it was difficult with is that on
it eludes rational thought
this process eludes a rational thought because rational thought is i would use rational for the kind of thinking that deals with words and concepts and words and concepts don't reach this
this vortex of reality
so i have a story
which i told you many times before but have to write receive atlanta as comment i'll tell you the story about this yes
what was the a suffering is good or suffering yes
we think but
we're liberating and it's a free murder yeah
except the buddha's aren't suffering they're suffering of your suffering
the and because they're suffering as you're suffering
they're free of suffering
they're free of it and that you're suffering as their suffering
the only suffering that god is yours and mine and bernard's that's it
the only suffering the buddhist have is sentient beings suffering which is quite a bit
i mean it's enough right all sentient big suffering is plenty and buddha's atomic buddha's have they've got plenty of suffering and they're free of the free of at all and being free of it all there in really good position to teach other people how to be free of it all we can do the same practice that they did and they wanted
to do it because they're suffering as are suffering
that's not true but they're not trying to get away from or anything
they're trying to help us become free of it like their evolution we are their evolution we are
buddhism buddhist evolution just to evolutions one as the evolution of becoming a buddha and then once they're buddha they continued to evolve but their evolve their evolution after their buddha his our revolution they're not going to involve anymore personally their over that been there done that now they're ever
lucia is us learn into teaching
buddhists could you might say become buddhas and then check out
take a date they could check out
they had the ability to check out but the reason they hate buddhists was to help us become buddhas so they don't check out some people have developed a same level of wisdom as the buddha's that allows them to check out and then and they actually consider checking out the buddha does not check out with that
understanding the buddha uses that understanding
have used that understanding for a long time to evolve to be a buddha and and they continue to use it afterwards and they want us to become buddhas not just free of suffering ourself but to be able to help others
check out

as happy
who did the us including her children
with universe is included in her and your included in her and also she's included in a view of course
she's pushing
an idea about us where his dance then that help me not wanna just
you know it might be that way however
however you know have a bit you know i i say

you say you said maybe that would help me not
you put your hands up kind of pushed away maybe you helped me not do that
well if you didn't do it it would help you not do it
but if you did it it would help you do it
it's not primary to get you to push or not push its to help you when you're pushing
two and to see that that pushing includes everything so then she's like she's like basically saying mommy
how on mommy i want mommy i want and at some point you feel like enough and enough
and so if when even even if for
even if all those mommies each one you are like including and feel included in you still might get to a place where you say enough but you'd say enough
in a different way you'd see that a statement enough includes her doesn't push her away and this end saying enough is not something you trying to get rid of
the enough is not trying to get rid of her and also the enough is not trying to get rid of itself
and you're not practicing this way so it you'll never again say
enough you're not you're you're practicing this way to learn how to practice this way even when saying not enough it is true you might not say that anymore
but if you did and did his practice you would be more and more likely to see that this enough was a dance part of the dance is enough like entangle cut the the two partners that kind of push on each other
they kind of yeah you should use word push
the they push and the pushing is how they know what the other one doing
so the the they have a leader and a follower and leader pushes so the follower knows what what what she or he has been offered i'm offering you to go this way and you can feel it because i'm pushing this way and if you want to pick up on it great i'll go with you
and if you don't want do it he just pushed me back
and then i'll say i'll change my and what's the story of will change is by this contact which is a little bit of a push so the very clear i'm sometimes the push is such that you move away from the push
if i'm if i'm pushing on you i moved back and you feel more you feel the push reduced so you have opportunity to follow me
but i else backwards but i can also move forward and you feel the option to go forward and you can give me feedback on that
and then i can receive it so it's not so much that we're trying to eliminate
setting limits setting boundaries but but see that setting them but yeah see that setting them
understand that that's another's skillful opportunity
when i miss that a daughter pushing on me is an invitation to practice that i'm sorry about
that i say i missed it i didn't average and would i didn't understand you were asking me to become a buddha
but you know i thought i thought you were asking for more than i could give i didn't know you were asking for more than i can give has a way to help me grow i didn't get it i'm sorry
so this being apparent there's many opportunities to say i missed i missed the chance i'm sorry and that's a purification but it's not that that a purification so you won't make mistakes anymore
it's a purification so that when you do make mistakes you see them as opportunities and where she makes mistakes you see them as opportunities
but you might say well i still yeah but after packs long time there's less of these really gross things going on
maybe so
but not really because even though they might be less gross here over here they're still gross and over here might be somebody else like a teenager
and there's they can you do with this
and you and and you can cause you do can you get what the program you can cause you are but you can also resist and you can be sorry that your resisted because you missed a great opportunity
but that's not the end then you confess and your purify
to go right ahead
the years
it's not just observing them superficially which we normally do when we perceive somebody what we do as we are mind projects characteristic on them and we grasp the characteristic as what they are that's normal misconception
but the thing is that a misconception not only looks is a misrepresentation of whatever but it comes with this little subliminal message which is this is actually true and so we like and so yeah well it's true him a grasp is the grasping that released a problem
yeah tourists true
all evil
what exactly is keel is from an algae off
label days as
the pradesh
i was a true
name exchange
he will serve as guess the what is the wall
goes well we can we can label things as evil some people resisted they don't want to do it but we kept most of us can but sometimes we have to really get pushed before we say evil and way we can human beings can lay
able thieves evil
and buddha can do it too if it helps people evil but and and again when you when you label something evil that might be just like you might do it because you had the superficial version of them which makes you feel like i think able would work with this if you
i have very deep
reception of somebody that is harder to say able because deep means you include a lot more than just that evil part
you start maybe usually you start with a superficial version of your life and your friends and usually you believe it and then you notice distress and pain around believing
where do you think of people is what they are and as and then you say you're sorry and then you try to be more remember the teachings when you proceed people i'm perceiving them but they're not what i think they are
so i would like to not add here so strongly to my version of people this is but but i just did and i'm sorry and i'm i'm doing it again i mean i'm i'm perceiving the person but i'm a little less arrogant or buds that their what i think are things that can that looks like a look
of like purification and the same with the purification that's a superficial version it's not really perked purification in that way i started to open to that oh that evil yeah i mean i think it to evolve that's right thing i do think it's just as evil yes i do you really think it's evil i really do think it's evil but i don't think what i really think is really what's going on
it just what i really think i think it's evil
and the more i accept that this is what i think
and notice that from attaching to it and give up my attachment to what i think is true lee evil i start to open notice when the evil actually includes good
it has to
and then i can also do the same when good i see you i think good
would if i don't attached to this thought that your good i'm already quite open to you this this person atom you know adam right adam includes evil right that's the story of our western tradition had him includes evil
but then
if you opened the evil evil includes good
and and then you start to be ready to realize that everything's like that
my life includes your let your life including my life my joy include sorrow on my sorrow and with joy
you heard the teaching you have to open to your resistance to
evil and good and we resist good by making it this and don't let it be in the out as resisting it
and the same with evil by confessing my resistance to things my lack of compassion i become more compassion less resistant more open to apply the teaching more blind the teaching more open as on this is the process of purification we've already got we
already got what we are which is perfectly pure cannot be improved and we've also got this other stuff which we need to work with compassionately so that doesn't hinder us from enjoying our fundamental true purity
which is
we include everybody in the rebates included there's no way to to file the universe
yeah those translate
maybe to options physical were appearances
we're trying to survive
hello all
it said he said
what has the surgery
if you see you want to pick one example you did similar on a one sure could take action or do anything so seems good and go
the emissary donald trump's out in a separate children catch levers or something
how's this houses for passionate sentence is our team's media could hammer translates active
if when i hear about
children banks
torn away from our parents i just don't see anything good about that
i guess i think that looks evil
that's it looks like looks evil as harmful it seems it's almost always now it's often anyway
really hard on kids to separate them from their parents but it's not always hard
they have some of separation is helpful because their mother needs a break since they could could you create your father take care of you for a while
would you know and the father separates to child from the mother sometimes that's not so bad
but in these cases it seems like it isn't like they're being taken from one caregiver to another caregiver it's like they're taken from one caregiver to somebody who's not even allowed to care for them
you know it's like against the law for these people to comfort the kids because they can be to cursed child abuse was it looks like really harsh and traumatizing separation
as what it looks like to me yeah sorry sir
and i wouldn't
yeah in until all appearances will know first of all though if it looks like that to me i might want to do something about it right and i might do something and it's possible i would do something good it's possible but i might not because i'm deluded and i have no i haven't taken that
into account yet
i think it's evil and i and i think i'm right and i think it writ it and i don't think it includes any good my mind is narrow and with a narrow mind you can sometimes do things that are fairly nice fairly not harmful
like you might think well i'll make a donation to some organization as trend to hire people to make lawsuits against this you might make a donation to me that again that doesn't look that looks kind of good
that's something i might do or i might go if i even if i had to travel i might go down like some people do and witness
the situation to have bring my presence there i might do that they're also doesn't seem to be to be harmful seems kind of good
to me but i might do that what while still kind of like being self-righteous
but even big so practice ship he might be able to do things which aren't for harmful which are kind of good probably which buddhists probably would think that was good i was good however you still don't understand what's going on and if you didn't know what's going on you would be more effective and you might do the very same thing
but you'd be more effective
so you might still go and witness a situation but you'd be witnessing from an for righteous position and you might have you would have more probably have more beneficial opportunities because your minds bigger and more open to different possibilities so he'd do the very same thing but that mind is transfer
fitted to the people in the area and other people start to you know even people who have not yet been able to figure out anything to do are are included in you and it's transmitted to them
i think i told you the story is one of my favorites
i don't like same favorite but anyway it's a story about it
a very not a very highly respected tibet and teacher and a very highly respected tibetan monk who was also a teacher
the the day the teacher of the teacher observe the teacher working with the monks in the monastery and he said you know when i see you in the monastery i'm just
i'm i'm deeply touched by how kind you are to the young monks
so he was like he was trying to help them and be kind to them
in this other teacher saw him and said it just it's really great
and it would be nice if you did something spiritual some time
and then another time he was doing something in the monastery like leading sir doing some services system ceremonies and again the other teacher says
it is is i cannot express how grateful i am to what you're doing here and how beautifully you maintain the monastic
discipline and monastic forms it's it just so wonderful it's like me beyond measure good be nice if you did something spiritual sometime
and then i think those maybe a third example and then finally the guy so what do you mean something spiritual said well start trying to get something out of it
try this actually said stop trying to get something out of life
so you if you see cruelty you might walk up to it and say please stop i really need you to stop this and they might listen to or they might not
they might take leave me alone jeff i got my i gotta do this is my job say please don't do it
and then i say i am you know
how they might say well maybe i will stop doing it who knows but anyway you're you're expressing your views to them you're calling them into question and you feel good about it and you do it in a respectful way
but if you would do that with this
excuse the oppression a bigger mind
free of gaining anything by that they have a chance of waking them up and having them see for themselves what they're doing
so that's a greater good than just
he's stopping them or anyway telling them what you'd like him to do which my both of those things might be good
and let's say both of those things were good in both those things happened
but you could have also
welcome everybody in the situation up
it's a good it's another gonna fit on top of
you know you can feed people who are hungry which is often really good especially if they're really hungry and the food is is in a wholesome food it's good
but you can also teach them that you weren't trying to get anything from that so they get fed and they get this other message about practice
because after people are fed
if alice enough to the practice with somebody to show new practice so you can feed them and simultaneously teach them the dharma
that would be better cause then after they finish eating there now that has some energy now they can practice they can try what you did so that that person is fed me but the way they fed me i want to learn how to feed people that way that was like so cool the way they fed me
i really felt like they weren't trying to get my gratitude i was grateful but insulator trying to get anything from me and i've seen lot of people have been feeding me and they're trying to get something for me like i go to that place over there and they fade me but they want me to become a christian
or i go to that buddhist group and they feel me but they want me to become a buddhist
this guy fed me and he wasn't going to get anything so i'm happy that i got my food but what he showed me more important than anything i've seen in my life so far he showed me how to try to help people without trying to get anything that's or trying to teach people because that would freeze them and then if they get fed
they're free and they don't get fed their free
that's the difference the additional thing teaching them the path of freedom because a lot of people as you know don't miss a meal
they have more than three square meals a day they have six or ten they're eating all the time and they're scared to death to can run out of food some other people haven't plenty of money and they're afraid of the money's going to get take from them they're afraid the tax is gonna go up you know they've got tons of money and
they're afraid if somebody's going to cut into it
somebody has to teach him
the dharma and the poor people do somebody has to teach him the dharma if you can give them wealth fine
but if you give them wealth and don't teach him how to practice they still don't not a practices talking to be suffering
so that's
that's my response to them practical okay
no and there's many other examples which we can talk about and the story which just gonna tell you i didn't tell you but it's still available
i've told us the many times so i won't forget it
see one of the advantages and me telling their stories over and over again as i remember them
suppose how do you remember all those two april i tell them over and over
if you tell him over if you can remember to
so anyway thank you very much for another wonderful class
and another wonderful magical meditation
will he quieted down berkeley
we have two more classes i think

and by the way i don't try to calm quiet down berkeley i don't
i just sit and listen to it and it quiet zone