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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this might be the last class for going to have this summer and
i want to start by thanking you all and also by inviting you to bring up anything that you
would you like to bring up since from not going to meet next week here
or and question question plastic
much do you have translate
how much does it have a small
how much does it have to get small to for asking
from from your understand when you pass
is you have access to massive understanding things because i just wonder what's your experience
so that we can relate them
well i was i
yeah i'm i'm trot well i'm trying to use words
to talk about basically i'm trying to you i'm using words to
realize what's beyond words
and so that the history of the tradition is that maybe there's some beings who realized
our life beyond words or our life beyond which is similar to our life beyond consciousness
so consciousness uses words and we can use words
to have conversations with each other in consciousness
to open up to our life which is not enclosed by the words are as a consciousness
so in a way yeah everything that is coming out of me is really coming from beyond words
into words to encourage
ah freedom from words
and freedom from words
then we have words about what freedom from words is like for example freedom from words is not just no words and so on
so i
i'm i'm not if i'm not necessarily making things smaller
or bigger but i am translating my life
in a way that i hope is appropriate to whoever i'm with
and they're doing the same
and we're in this process to and so i had the words which is it were in this process
of caring for
our consciousness in a way that will liberate consciousness without and you don't liberated by
getting rid of it
or demeaning it
and as two ways to meet with there's basically two ways to demean it squash a downer make it worse or make it better than making it better is not really
been kind to it
consciousness is in to making things better in making things worse
so trying to make them better and worse is just more the same
so i think i maybe i said last week that

yeah that
oh no way i put us that the words that were using our to encourage the realization
of a way of living
that's free of
conceptual elaboration but the way of becoming free of conceptual aberration is come through a way of dealing with concepts
and being able to be aware of
what elaboration is and what beyond elaboration is

yes i know
assisting the words and i want to skip the words in
i because they make my head was
because i can see bombing up against
a bias i found it really helpful when we talk about confessing resistance and who
would i suggest confessing resistance
yes and i particularly i would suggest confessing rib
resistance when you aspire if you would aspire to not resisting
you can disagree with something without resisting at without resisting it i couldn't say no i don't agree and not resist what you're not agree with and you can say yes or no to something and be resisting it
resisting the confusion yeah so if you if you aspire to resist for example your own mind if that your aspiration are a success
so then you can confess i'm successful at resisting what's going on in my mind
this confusion and i resisted and actually i like to get rid of it
which now that i think about it's kind of confused
but if you would aspire to practice can practicing compassion
towards everything that's going on sort of as we say with your body and mind and part of what's going on with your body and mind is a version of everybody else's body and mind
if you wish to be compassionate towards your version of everybody and also your version of yourself then if that was your aspiration that if you were resisting inward or outward than that would be a downturn according to your aspiration and you would be appropriate to
confess it and then and then if you feel sorry that you're not following through on what your aspire to like to be compassionate than you might say actually i feel kind of embarrassed or sorry that i'm not doing what i
what i aspire to where i think is really what i want to what would i really want we don't usually say i aspire to have breakfast we could but we use aspiration for something that's maybe more important than this breakfast
and then and one of the things you might aspire to is
compassion and we might also would aspire to compassion because we have
i don't know what we thought it was beautiful when we saw it happening when other people were doing it when we practiced it we didn't regret it we feel good about it and also we heard that compassion goes with wisdom
which liberates people from
for example their cognitive enclosure that they're living in where they're experiencing suffering
if you
if you find words
confusing disorienting
at risk of blowing you up etc then they would all be things to practice compassion towards

well that if if you have resistance and you're okay about it and it sounds like you're not you're sort of not resist to your resistance
so you got resistance but you got some non resistance to heat
you feel okay about it may because you're letting the resistance be so an example of being compassionate to your resistance
sometimes when i'm offering various things people
show me with their face or tell me with their words or their hand gestures
i'm resisting and
do i aspired to resist their resistance
hmm i don't do i have not an aspiration might i resist their resistance i might as know my aspiration now in if i resist your anybody's resistance to me or and or what i'm saying and doing which is kind of
related to me
if i'm resisting that their resistance to me that's not what i want to do i wonder how want to really welcome your resistance to what i'm offering if you have it and if you don't i welcome you not having it
i don't i mean i aspire to that and when i went up and when that's the way it is i feel good really good not because i'm trying to feel good
but just when there's practice of generosity there's feeling good if you're practicing generosity if you're letting things be so you'll feel good does not relate generosity
but if you let things be you're going to feel
joy but not enjoy you're trying to getting for yourself a joy this given to you because you are and giving towards whatever
confusion is
the karmic consciousness is you know it's it's typified as confused not confusing but confused
giddy unclear that's the normal situation for karmic consciousness
and giddy means excited agitated and to the point of being disorienting or disoriented
and so if is it seems quite
likely that if somebody's talking about consciousness they might draw your attention your attention might go to your consciousness and you might discover this places confused and disorienting and i feel like i'm in a you know i'm having a hard time with this this is when i hadn't noticed this before it's kind of like shocking to see what i
disorienting unclear
and sort of endless process systems
but there's a practice for that called for confession well called trying to practice compassion and then if you don't practice compassion than you would confess i've not been very compassionate with this
this consciousness even though i heard that this consciousness is calling for compassion that i'm actually been called
it's not just something i want to do something i've been asked to do
so you might want to do in which is great but also by the way you're also being asked to do it
it's not just because you're like to it's because people want you to it's your responsibility
but also you want to be compassionate to yourself whether you know it or not

you know

oh yeah
the aspiration
well excuse me for this example which you'll hear me saying over and over again but
in martial arts i learned to accept what has been given to me which is often somebody coming at me with some energy not always like to teacher might just be standing there now coming up me at all
most even the teacher sometimes would
move towards mere
who told me this way or that way so i was encouraged and heard about the great masters is that you when you take hold and movingly like this
there's no resistance they go wherever you wanted to and then when they when they wish they'd flip your there and set down and not have been way so
when you when you really learn how to accept you also respond in a certain way you can go with the situation but you can also go into a situation in such a way as to use the other person's energy to take them someplace else to from where they were into
and so if you are observing and justice it's that energy is coming towards you and you can accept it you can you can be
you can take the energy that not that the injustice was giving you and you can use it to teach the injustice something like justice like clip the air and settled down
can justly just so and then
the injustice which it might be associated with human being there is a you know teaching her inside which occurs
that they realize a deal that they realize
that they better been taught something and they were doing this and suddenly there there's some play sounds another
and they're okay didn't get hurt this is a teaching situation but they can see that they were
and sometimes could just because the person they were stepping in such a way that thing i could easily be flipped in there because there's something off about the when they were aiming so
yeah i think i have to yell because i put the hearing aids on
so part of justice is accepting
so if we have a situation where we're trying to establish justice part of it would be to accept the the various parties involved in the conversation
but acceptances then followed by being careful
had been patient and being into and being diligent and energetic and been com and then finally to like come back with a response which is wakes people up from their delusion
things that
well what your first see is what you think is injustice you see that
yeah you see your can't you see you gotta you gotta concept of it seems like this is an example of injustice desperate your relating to now so there's just way to relate to injustice
if you relate if you learn that just way of relating to injustice you will wake up to a justices and sometimes you can see injustice in your mind or your environment you see injustice but you don't necessarily see injustice
you might not even be thinking by justice at the time you just say that injustice so the beginning of finding justice
is accepting so again if somebody's attacking me
the beginning of do it up doing that situation justice is to have a conversation with that person
because we we generally speaking do not do justice to other people we see them in terms of my our own idea of them
we see them in terms of our own projections generally
where strongly inclined to see them in that way
that's not justice
but if we would say something that we were very concerned about it and thought was
was injustice than to do justice to what we think is injustice to the person we think is being an inch or unjust to be just as to them to do justice to them to get out of our own enclosure about them the way to do it is by having a conversation with them
and again in martial arts teacher shows how to have a conversation with paypal the teacher can converse with people indefinitely without throwing them without getting thrown and then at any point in the conversation made be maybe select but now it's time to do a thorough but it may never happen and and and and there were
the teacher relates to the student who might be really being unjust to the teacher
the student might be trying to hurt the teacher baek teachers and my dad a student may have been not be trying to help to teach her be a good teacher
which is kind of in we could say well as kind of unjust teachers to teacher want a digital lot to teach your be a teacher
i'm hundred to beat the teacher
but an order to
in order to have justice we need a conversation and already have a conversation i have to accept your argument
but i also have to accept what i think your argument is
and the full acceptance of what i think your argument is i think includes asking you something about what you think your argument is what you think my argument is
in order to do justice i believe we must be open to be put in question by the other so if i see somebody being unjust
in order to arrive at justice with this person they need i need to allow them to put me in question about for example while everything
that's my thought that they're being unjust if the if they can't put me into question and if you a bystander see me looking at somebody and you notice that i think they're being unjust i also in order to arrive at justice needs you to be able i need to allow you to put me in question like you might say you are you sure you know what here
up to
and when you say that like i actually like well yeah well i guess me i guess
i guess now i'm questioning whether i know what he's up to you can put me in question about what i think of her she can put me into question about what i think of her and if i can't do that i would say we're not doing that is not doing what promotes justice and not had doing that is
being generous and accepting but it's also being ethical and ethics involves being called into question
because if i think this is right and i think that's wrong and i don't allow myself to be called into question i would say we have a major blockage to justice to realizing it
and again like in a physical interaction like you know like tango and martial arts very similar
the martial arts not marshall aggression or cruelty but martial arts
marshall interactions as a hard form has a way to bring beauty in the world to realize peace well tango
you you take roles one is so called temporarily the leader one is temporarily the follower
so the leader
perceval has a partner was called the following the leader needs to accept the follower
like for example you need to accept
dash which put does she have her weight on
and you might think she has put on the wrong for her weight in the wrong foot will find to accept than that should she has your weight on what do you think as a wrong foot
okay what you can accept that then if she has her weight on this foot and you can invite her to put her weight on the other fortune
if you don't accept that she has her weight on this foot he's gonna be harder for you to invite her to do anything because you don't accept where she is and she's gonna have to shift your weight from the foot she has your weight on to another foot and or to move so you've you'd asked
thirteen where her weight is and then you invite her to go someplace else
are you might even invite her to stay right there and if she's said if she's when you say if she's accepting of you she will accept it you're not asking you to do anything but stand there with her weight on her left foot
and then you invite her and she may not accept your invitation
so guess what i would suggest doing what that

that's down the road first of all i would accept that she didn't accept my invitation
and in
usually in actually a dance or in class the the leader does not usually ask verbally the follower any questions
nice thing about my experiences that if i would invite the follower to do something and she does not accept my invitation i don't tell her you know i just invited you to step forward with your left foot i ascertained that your way was on your right and i asked you to step four i don't say
what do i do as she doesn't step forward
of allah accept it
so that would hamper i accepted that i might also say she still didn't take a step so maybe owned by judas not to use
and if she doesn't do that on fighters you just some fields after a little while like this to the teacher will come over and say you're actually following him
your job is to follow him you're not following him i don't tell him that the teacher will tell the teacher will tell us if we're not
so that's what i would and i actually able do them to to invite somebody had them not do it they might tell me your invitation was not clear they might say that but they're not supposed to tell me that either but they might a teacher of my commodity and you know your invitation was a clear you invited the person to take
a step back but they didn't
that's it the conversation as physical
and then if they do take a step when they take a step than their the leader and then i follow what step they take so i might invite them to take a step and they take some other stuff but i don't say i didn't invite you to take that step i follow the step that they took
so that the leader now because where you know the this step wherever their stuff i go where they go i don't pull them back to where i thought that should go i go where they go
and they consent to admit and maybe they can sense oh he's coming or i went
and now i'm going to make another invitation maybe
he invited me i went with him than he went with me now if he invites me again i might go with him and so on
that's that's the conversation is a physical composition of his verbal
the same thing if i invite
somebody do something they don't do it i think of be nice for me to call myself into question like maybe my invitation wasn't clear and entangle it's often that the so-called followers making invitation and it's not clear because there
they're not convey with their whole body like to move in your arms but not their chest so the follower doesn't really know what they're asking again the teacher might come over and say you know your lead was not clear but i also could wonder if i invite somebody who don't go like maybe my
they're not going cause me into question
and anyway i can talk about this for the rest of night and the same it's it's physically it's a physical conversation but the same with verbal conversation
we need a week question ourselves to but we need others to do it
if others do it we will eventually learn to do it if we do it i don't let others do it
or sunk than were just becomes self righteous
like that injustice i know it injustices and there's no discussion that's not justice justice this conversation where both parties are questioning are questioning themselves and feel questioned by the other
and yeah so almost in some sense every conversation as isn't
here's an opportunity to realize justice
i think not going on you think neither

yeah yeah so he have a court room and i would say that if the defense or the prosecution if they're not listening to each other if if the prosecution's not listening to the defensive vice versa that the judge isn't listening of the people and if the witnesses aren't
listening and the people aren't listening to the witnesses and something i'm doing that i don't think i think justice just like on hold court in or were groping for it but we're not getting that because nobody's listening now order for listening and then it listening we actually feel called into court like the defense pills called into question by
the judge
the witnesses
the jury's face the prosecution i think
a defense attorney can feel called into question by the prosecution
that would promote justice i say but what sometimes happens the defense person doesn't respect
or they won't let the prosecution calling into question
actually it
that sounds like not a very good
trial if not get the other side's mountain
not able to call you into question
but they sometimes do not let the other person really call him and the person ask some questions but they don't really want i don't really want the like being asked questions they've got their agenda they don't want anybody to in on question put not require questions okay but i'm not going to feel questions i'm not going to feel called into question like
diving that doesn't brought to justice but i think doing that in a courtroom or a political process
i think that leaves that's that's the way of justice which is the way of generosity been careful and gentle and tender with everything being patient with the pain of not yet having realized it being diligent and energetic cars and remembering that to really important to you and been calm and fly
all that we would like to apply to all situations political
the basic as all interpersonal
yeah excuse me i think you are
know your next
your next
i think you're next

i just wanted to go back
just make an observation which a lot
a conversation about whether understanding
but i feel like part of what has been using for me or pass and sometimes when the credit is that we use the word accepted as differently in our culture at large
like a like in this community and in florida like the were to accept something as for the commutation of like we positively affirmative and make some judgment about that it's good and and eleven on what we're talking about entering the
days in in the context of then is is not
either positively already there isn't a value judgment about it is sort of like saying it sort of like a acceptance it's like hardly to say something is happening and i don't deny that something is happening and that something is that some
thing that happening is almost like an opportunity to get curious about what exactly is happening who who don't but then there's not that
yeah yeah but the editor for me that feels maybe it is obvious you but i think like when we use that word accepted and out talking about the way we that specific material could be computer using yeah that's to thank you for bringing up that point that people might think acceptance me
in a positive attitude towards it so that's why i don't use it actually too much i didn't bring it up tonight i don't think but i don't prohibit the use of the word acceptance i usually use generosity are giving
welcoming but welcoming doesn't mean you like it you can welcome or disease you can welcome an opponent
so here's here's my opponent i welcome you
you're here my your my guy you're my girl your my opponent i welcome you and but doesn't mean i like you because you can maybe going to try to we're going to try to throw me out the window or something i don't know
again i i thought when i was a kid in high school i was in a boxing tournament
and i was i was little bit bigger than than i am not quite a bit bigger but my opponent who was ahead of me getting on the scales
pressure on you step on a scale you go up above four inches off the ground and he was bob
eight inches taller than me and he stepped up on the scale and i looked up at i'm like
i'm gonna be like
guy and he looked on me like you're going to be fighting me
but i didn't i didn't find a way to accept him
no i didn't like him a yeah i saw him as a big danger and he was a big danger because he's trying to hit me and he actually did hit me and it kind of our surprise it really hurt
but then somehow he got knocked out i don't know how that happened
he was so for me
i was welcoming of him i didn't exactly welcome the hit because i it hit me before i could welcome it but i welcome my coaches instruction to he told me something to do and i did at on it was very successful so yeah i think welcome does not mean i mean welcoming does not mean
you like and it doesn't mean you dislike it means you let this guest into your house grace you know gracias graciousness you say thank you
two injustice when it appears thank you injustice thank you injustice thank you injustice thank you injustice now i have an opportunity to work on justice but it's not i don't like injustice
i don't like it and maybe i don't even hate it
maybe i don't like it or hate it that makes a little easier to welcome but sometimes you do hate something but then would you do as you're welcome your hatred none
and welcome in your hatred than you might be able to welcome the thing but it's hard
so yeah acceptance
i would i would not recommend x i would not go recommended liking
for liking what's going on as as the path to justice and i wouldn't recommend disliking as to path to justice but the path of justice is strood with likes and dislikes
if likes and dislikes all over the place in the path of justice everything's in the path of justice
but the path of justice it does not have a fixed form
but acceptance dash generosity is i would say
necessary i'll just say necessary unavoidably necessary aspect of the path to justice his generosity and now she's actually first
next comes from ethics been careful can also confessing if you're getting off track like
you know i was working on just as putin i just wanted to beat the person up
i got off track
i'm sorry
there was there was a mistake i made a mistake i'm i'm sorry that's not what i was trying to do
like somebody said you know training dogs to fetch some people throw the bone you know and then the dog doesn't go in and sometimes the person who's throwing a bone says swears at the dog
you know
someone else the teacher mike wanna say that's not the way it's wearing a dogs is not the way to teach him to affect the word uses french
not to touch other words
that's like a mistake it's a distraction
yeah so thank you for pointing out that in some cultures
ah being generous even and welcoming welcome it could be understood you're welcome nice guess but does nothing that's not a gracious hosts just to are welcomed nice guess a gracious horses one that can welcome everybody this is the buddha who can welcome everybody but
buddha's don't like everybody and buddhist don't hate everybody they actually are not much into like or dislike and bodhisattvas might still be feeling like and dislike
but they welcome they're like and welcome their dislike they're embarrassed maybe that they're like and dislike but they accept the third into that
but the practice is not to like people
i will say body this practice is not to dislike people bodyshop as practice is to welcome and be called into question by them welcoming generosity being called into question by them ethics
so i want to work for justice i welcome the situation that looks like injustice i want to work for justice
i think this is a in just and i welcome been called into question about my view
and then patience
enthusiasm and have a mind as flexible and and undistracted
he said conversation it just as it is a company yeah i would have the other guys
best part that
that the fact that if used to tell me that you don't want to talk to me that is that is a conversation piece
everything you offer me in the actual practice in the successful practice of realizing justice the justice realize her sees everything that's been given to her as a conversation piece
it doesn't mean everything is given to me is this or that like everything they've given to me as good as he has given to me as an opportunity for conversation for me being called into question and for the others to be called into question by me even though they don't
the to call them into question i saw these little kids a green gulch
and i looked at the minutes and i saw that these two kids really didn't know we're probably cousins of the one i didn't know i said you know are you cousins they say i said so scared me cries have something to uranus and glued gross at what
but then she did she didn't walk off i said would you put when if you're going to have those miss shetty's in your hand would you please not put a hold them hold a tip down don't waive the tips up in the erica you might put up your cousins eyes
gotta listen to me
but at first shifts like not really welcoming made to order to make a comment but then she but she's kind of stayed there for and and i thought we kind of came up with a nice i don't know if they kept her machete tips down but that's what i asked me to do
if you don't want to meet it to have if you don't want to have a conversation with me and you tell me then my job is to welcome you telling me that you don't want it and that's that's that's a conversation at that moment
i don't want you to listen to me
you say to me and i'm sitting there listening
and you want that you want me to listen to you when you say i don't want your listening to me
and my brand census would you stop looking at me and he wants me to stop looking at him and he wants me to look at him when he tells me i don't want he doesn't want me to look i'm so i look at him he tells me how do and i look away

yeah that's the that's the mind that has it that has been trained and giving up conceptual aberration

yeah it's that it's like is kind of in the wisdom part of the of the process so i look at you let's say i practiced generosity with who i see i let you be i welcome you
now if i would notice that i'm welcoming you and i also have a took my mind is conceptually elaborating you
which i might notice once i have welcomed you going to welcome you i'm gonna and even notice that the person i'm not welcoming has actually
somebody i'm begetting conceptual elaboration about which is not worthy of my welcoming
but if i welcome you might notice that i have some kind of like idea about you some comes to some conceptual aberration about you like this is not somebody i want to talk to
but i already welcomed you
so now i've got you plus my conceptual elaboration of you
if i don't welcome you i'm not going to maybe you have much i'm not going to have such a very good chance to notice that what i'm not welcoming is you plus my ideas about you
like most people if you have no ideas about him are not very difficult to welcome
the guac
has no ideas about you and it has never wall as never rejected you
but when we have when we have trouble with people and aren't and i at risk of not have not welcoming them have not been generous were at risk of that well then we need to practice generosity want to practice generosity we can start to notice the conceptual elaboration then the next thing is be tender
with the person year conceptually elaborating and be tender with yourself and be tender with the conceptual elaboration don't swap the concept conceptual elaborations down don't kick em don't hate them either treat them with generosity so you've got a person plus your stories about
them treat the person which is hard because they are covered with your elaborations but trashed all your elaborations which you think are them with tenderness knowledge you have accepted them now that ship welcome them
and if you don't like them
that's that you that doesn't like them so then welcome your dislike of this person
we end your dislike has arisen because of your conceptual elaboration of them so then turn your compassion towards your dislike of them and welcome welcome your dislike or welcome your like
whenever i say to inwardly like the story is inwardly don't activate the mind now inwardly know coughing and sign outwardly they don't activate the mind so towards others welcome them dasher ideas of them
be careful of your ideas of them
be tender and gender with your ideas of them and then be patient with the discomfort of dealing with people with all your ideas mixed in with it
and then be and then be heroic about it and energetic to be basically devoted to this situation
for the sake of
no conceptual elaboration which will be which were caused everything to enter the boat away and then finally you can check to see his earning it is there any activating as a mind around objects is there any coughing is sighing in the mind
and you might find conceptual elaboration has ceased like heat in the story and you go to a teacher the conceptual elaboration has ceased to them and that the teacher can call you into question and you can see if you're welcome been called into question after you've finally obtain what you've been working on for years
but it's not like okay i finally got it
and i'm telling you and no questions about it you've been questioning me for years and once i tell you that i have finally arrived where where i wanted to go you can continue questioning me but and he did and then after be questioned him the guy said even now i have pride finished the job you're questioning me and i'm still saying okay
hey and then teacher says okay
for the time being no more questions
you finally have arrived at no conceptual elaboration in other words you've arrived at perfect wisdom
and i've questioned you about what that's like and you're welcome my questioning and weren't defensive and that's a sign that you really have arrived there
you have a mind like wall now which is the same as a mind like a buddha
but we don't we get there by all this loving of these loving practices generosity a tender and careful and respectful of everything in the situation being allowing allowing ourselves to be questioned and doubted and resisted people resist minutes
they're calling me into question the calling me i want to welcome and so on and be patient with this
this may go on forever i don't know how long this is going to go on
and that's a kind of uncomfortable thought which i'm patient with
and then renew my vow to do this work think about how wonderful it would be to practices away and think about to until you feel energy to continue forever if that were the case
i don't care how long it's going to take i just loved his work and i believe in i'm going to continue
and then are ready for wisdom which is no conceptual elaboration which is not getting rid of it just let it drop away and see the world the way it is with no elaboration
to see the inconceivable reality of our life yes
i wasn't him
maybe we'll get through one

how the mind the walls not trying to get to be a wall
but we're we can try to hit to be a wall we were capable of that i'd like to become a wall
or a buddha yes
where do i think about what
i heard yogi do you say you are wandering yogi where do i think about them i think their conversation pieces
i think their conversation pieces

yeah you just brought for example you just brought up wandering yogi so now you told me that so i can tell you i think that's a conversation piece and then you can say conversation piece and then i say yeah you just did it you gave me a conversation piece something i can talk to i think wander yogi like everything else is an opportunity for conversation
and now it is not always an opportunity for conversation it is a conversation
i'm a conversation you're a conversation wandering yogi is a conversation so everything's a conversation piece or invitation and everything is also it's a commerce a conversation makes it and then it offers itself for conversation

i know
guess where
okay thank you
we're practicing compassion yes in knows oh it makes me think how can work practice compassion it sounds like a validation thing worth the way the think i'll experience version is like him so
is born come
but it's not a religion yeah i agree
volition is something to be compassionate with
but you could have you could have a volition like you can say i wish i could be compassionate wishing for the wishing to be compassionate is not exactly the same as compassion but you could wish to be compassionate and you could vow to be compassionate and then
and then compassion might come
like i think of like some women who are nursing
ah sometimes it's somebody else's baby cries the milk squirts out of their breast
now they might or might not have said i would like to and given out to all babies they cry they might they might have had that volition but in fact the melt did come and response there was a coal and the milk came i would say that compassion whether they were thinking about one into beast so generous with their nagar
not but ticket i'll say i would like to give milk whenever to asked for
gab i have plenty and even if i don't i still want to offer that i can be it i thought you have but that's a thought
and that thought would be something to be generous tours to be careful of to be patient with and so on but when you're patient with somebody you can be patient with them even if you don't have the thought i'd like to be patient
impossible the to come when you're
pure conversion is it possible i i think it actually my life is lined up with that possibility and not and now a possibility but the inevitability that the inevitability so i'm kind of lining up with the proposal
that you're going to have pure compassion someday
pure great food is compassion work were heading in that direction
i month suggesting that were data were doing here together we're helping each other realize great
pure compassion which has already here it's a question of
that can that's our nature we have this we already have
the wisdom and virtues of the buddha's the as have great pure compassion we are to have it however we also have misconceptions and attachments to are misconceptions
so we have to work with our attachment and misconceptions and when we do wholeheartedly they drop away and then much left his garage conversion where to spend her all along but were added we didn't fully engage with our temporary misconceptions like
what we think other people are for example and attachment to what we think other people are like i think you're been nice to me
you know which is not wrong it's just a misconception of you you're not here are your life is not just being nice to me your life is much more than to be nice to me and not nice to me
yeah you know your part of a much bigger programs on that but i have conceptions of you
and some tendency to believe my conceptions well we have a program to get over that
and when you get over it and you realize the wisdom and compassion which has always been here
so yes it is i think it is possible because i think we are to have it
i'm in that you already happened so take care of in school
and the way to take care of it is
to be generous with all of your conceptions
of what other people are and the fact that you believe that to that way
to believe that your the way i think you are is a mistake it's an error
we are
we are free were actually free of conceptual elaboration which means for a free of being pure and impure
we're free a shipping good and bad that's why we fundamentally where were pure in the way of being free and pure
an impure
but we have to encounter our ideas of purity and impurity with compassion and other teachings about compassion in order to realize the way we are far beyond
pure and impure
which we call pure
rip not true purity

rather than
my thought my perception of purity or my perception of justice
but again we don't push away my conception impurity or my conception of justice
we welcome him
i mean i welcome mine and i want to welcome yours and you and i are trying to learn how to welcome
and be tender
with every fragile being
even if to jumping up and down pounding the table screaming and hollering there still fragile
and they're still calling for
generosity and tenderness
even though they say i don't want your tenderness i don't want to listen to me i don't watch your compassion i don't want your friendship
i guess sometimes people say i don't want your hatred
i don't want your cruelty
i think that's true they don't want our hatred they don't want our quality i think that's true
they want our compassion
so i'm saying to i want your compassion and i think you are mine
i'm calling you to be compassionate to me and if you practice it it'll be really good for you
and you might be able to do with yourself if you do with me
and also you have been called to be compassionate towards yourself and if your practice compassion towards yourself you'll be a more able to be compassionate with maze inwardly and outwardly we have been called to be generous ethical patient
enthusiastic about being skillful calm and relaxed and open and undistracted and wise this is the world ask world here calling us to be that way
and sometimes it's very clear please be more gentle okay please be more tender
thank you for being patient thank you for being generous sometimes that sounds like that
when to what kind of easier sometimes that way
but it's not always that way sometimes the call for help psalms i get away from me i want to talk to you
but if i say no i talk to you and you welcome be saying that
that's where it's at
that's where the buddha ways living
yeah so now we started period of pardon yeah i think i think sadnesses is
is a gift
i think sadness is a gift and compassion is giving so your body
they'd from someone you're happy to be with
sometimes your body doesn't accept or your mind to i don't accept that this class is over
and i and i actually from the beginning of it i wasn't accepting that i would end
and but
my actual compassionate life is saying you know really be good if you gave this class away don't hold onto it and but he's sometimes you can't hear that says and sadness comes and sadness as please feel me please look at me please feel me and when you open to the compassion you let go of your resistance
to this to things being over
so compassion is like a gift
it's like a gift the gift is please listen to me that's a gift please feel me i'm an opportunity for you to feel and it'll really be good if you feel me and if you don't feel me
and i'm going to feel i'm just going to keep calling you whenever i can and if you run real fast he won't hear me
but when you slow down
the grieving that we have been called to to receive as a chance to be felt and heard

so yeah grieving and sadness are part of them
compassion path
i think they're actually a gift of compassion passion give you sadness and grief help you get over your resistance to change
grieving is not arguing with you know a change that's depression
our that's depressing but feeling the sadness
is letting go of something which you may not know you're holding onto
he earned after know what it is just like off
and you can move on to the next challenge
sometimes you realize what it is but of times i don't realize it i just feel refreshed
i i feel the sadness and i feel fresh
rate fresh and refreshed
as something was released that wasn't that was not calling to be held onto
get one or two in the past wanted to be ultimate be passed
so it didn't pass by holding onto it and we dead in the present building
i life doesn't want that
after you know
it is it is possible it's possible that aren't their classes
is yes harry andrews her yes
resistance or
so yeah
so you're resisting the word because it used a lot and also are you but are you are you welcoming not knowing what it means
yeah yeah one time i was giving a talk at green gulch nine hundred i somehow brought to work love and are i stopped and said hey i'm talking about love and i don't know what it is
but i'm going to continue talking about it
so i don't know what compassion as either
one hundred and where it is nobody knows what it is
it's really free of any conceptual elaboration by which you wouldn't know it i think when you say know what you mean some some way to grasp and perceive it so on
in i associate effort with it to i do my mind associates effort was compassion
my mind or associated life with compassion and life and i and i associate effort with life
yeah so it's part of the life effort thing the compassion and whatever the life effort is which is there when there's life compassion is
there with it because it's calling for compassion
and compassion is responding
there's nothing it is a compassion not someplace else and i'm saying these things but that doesn't mean i know what compassion is it just means i'm having a conversation with you about compassion
so that we become free of
oliver heart conceptual elaboration of it but having a conversation about it and while we're at it will become free of our conceptual collaboration about ourselves to which is what we call a true body and buddha
not or no way put it we opened through the conversation does it inconceivable aspects of our life
by talking about
the conceivable aspects
and noticing when were attached to them
and been kind to them and
and our attachment to them and also noticing that one more kind we are to our conceptual elaboration the less we attached to it
the more kind i am to my conceptual elaboration and why notice what a silly attached your i am
at been kind to noticing that again promotes letting it on drop off and then like things become free which are shooting then realized the way things are originally free
so let's keep talking about compassion okay
and and and accepting that we don't know what we're talking about
but working with word with our talk in this way
we will realize what or compassion actually is which is free of our talk

well in terms of like six basic practices we say giving ethical training or ethical discipline patience
enthusiastic effort to do a wholesome things concentration and wisdom so the ethics
is i think following
welcoming things than ethics is basically to be very careful of everything
to be careful of what you think about things what you say about things and the postures you take in relationship to thanks
and then there's all kinds of ethical principles to meditate on to get in touch with whether year with your really being tender with all these fragile phenomena
where they're really being gentle and respectful
so like there's a precept called not killing
to start a like for you to meditate on in relationship to being tender with things and being respectful like can we say it's not very respectful the kill things
or even to say you know i'm going to kill you for your own good i really want to help you so i'm gonna kill you so again i think ethics not not say the other practice earn their way but ethics is basically having a conversation about all our actions
and being careful of everything that we've welcomed
so you're welcome a guest into the house but then pay attention to them otherwise you might trip up on them i let oh you're still here
i know you're here and i'm i'm your host i'm and to care you i'm going to be with you and be careful of you that sort of like the ethics part
thinks is preventing harm or stopping doing harm
it's nine terminal i'm in this this is no executor a cliffhanger and this is just like and linda asking a huge question at the last minute
your work
when i look like i'm just saying this is happening i'm welcoming you to be that way and you ask him
the quite here's the answer
when good it when good as teach
the first thing they teach is
refrain from all evil
if you don't hear refrain from all evil from a buddha as not the true buddha dharma
but the truth default the full truth of buddha dharma is that when you're practicing
refrain from all evil when you practice that that means that you
practice compassion with your body and mind
while you're trying to do this practice called refrain from all evil your if you have evil thought her harmful thought he practiced compassion with it you welcome it you're careful of it
your generous with it you're respectful of it your patient with it you wholeheartedly engage if you have an evil mind
at was teaching is not buddha's teaching is not
destroy the evil mine is
it's refrain from all evil actions
so if you practice compassion with any thought of or any evil action if your practice compassion with it wholeheartedly the body and mind
drop away and when body and mind drop away
you will realize that
all evil is
refraining from
some pretty says refrain from all evil when you received a teaching a new practice compassion towards everything that's going on with you your body and mind will drop off and you'll realize that what that means refrain from evil what it means is or evil is not real
refrained from all evil is refraining from
since you brought it up as well i say
so we
yeah all evil is refraining from
that's what it really is it's what we're not doing really but to wake up to that you have to be kind to all your evil and all your good
because in order to wake up to that you have to let go of your body mind because your got a minds in there trying to figure out what's good and evil and punishing yourself or punishing the evil ones are it's it's a mess which we've been talking about
if you're kind to this mess it isn't that you get rid of it it is let it drop and when you dropping you realize you're letting all these misconceptions about what evil is
and what good is and what refraining from and doing is
another world opens up
so the ethics isn't so much about refraining from evil it's about studying and teaching refraining from evil as part of ethical teaching us like accepts the first ethical teaching is refrained from harmful action he will is harmful refrain from that that's the teaching that's where the buddha teaches
but that are teaching that than buddha teaches compassion and dropping our body and mind and giving up the conceptual elaboration but you start with this teaching refrain from more evil and some day you'll understand what it means when amazes is that evil is refrained from
so the buddha refrain is a buddha is refraining from evil
without getting rid of it
totally including at all simultaneously refraining from
thanks for the big question that the last minute
thank you all very much