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so last week i get a tokyo and i talked about a coin from the books of frederick
tonight i'm gonna get rich i'm going to talk about the centers
repetition is okay answer
because it's never the same

sometimes i think if someone came to talk to me this morning and over saturday they said to me
he returned my come to see to time i come to see you and talk to you and the same question
wifi i think for many of which i know from myself and it feels like my old life is the same question what the hell's going on
something i july
sometimes i try to pretty up the say it's my question is being fully alive or something like that

i'm doing a yoga retreat with with an and a bunch of other people and o'brien
ann baker
and in the middle of our retreat the buddha tray with come in know this are free
the buddha
and it's so striking you know in the midst of that activity
to help something like this happen
you know here is
the buddha mind the buddha heart is be nurtured is being nourished
and before the physical body
what is that nursery how is it fam
how is it enabled what is it to nurture your spiritual be what is it to nurture to be aliveness of our inquiry into our life our engagement
what is what is a to nurture the fortitude the brilliance the patience back he goes beyond eagles sang free thinkers
so last time when i talked about this i was talking about
your contrasting alive and dead
and the struggle for survival
no which is a wonderfully sneaky thing now
sometimes habit becomes i have to have no
i have to read the newspaper before i go to work or i have to have a cup of coffee or something of that nature
it's a while the full game
a treasure hunting to search through your lives for the things you have to do or have to have
to survive
most of them are amazing
they're amazing cause they don't really make sense
but somehow they glue or life together
and it's like
the great matter of birth and death
he's like my juice resort
it cuts up this stream of preoccupation this inner dialogue
this wondering and worrying that we keep going through is everything gonna be okay am i gonna get what i want and avoid what i don't want
when something just interjects
the very mischievously
as the dawn was brain in the buddha trade this morning
and then did the offering and then was about to take it off the altar
i took him by the wrist
when asked her question
dangerous world here and sensor
you'd never know if if it
for astro question because i felt very close to know having done docusign
i just felt this deep appreciation you know
for the people i spoke to for all of you working here this summer
with the the patience the diligence the sincerity of your practice
for this wonderful place and my own years of practice here and the many people who've practiced here
like a great mood a body know in my imagination is linda was like the name of of the goodbye
dentists are free comes right into the middle of the buddha body here buddha

what is it what is the offering and how do you know
if it's nourishing the buddha body
he's your spiritual life being nourished

is something lightning soup seeing some curiosity
what who you are to watch your interactions are all about
do these have tools that so your life together can they become curios can be sent comes something that you look at how about that
what a strange
and wonderful thing
just that

to somehow when are questioning to come from a place of connection
not an accusation not a competition
not an oppression
what's going on here
this was this amazing wonderful thing
what's happening here what is it

the great matter of birth and death
happening here right in the good body
that we're all out of i could we not be

i'm gonna say little bit more and i'm gonna read the case and then we're going to have questions and then we have to have to earn by nine twenty
the you know has given me a stern warning
to repeat last week's catastrophe

sometimes life and death
besides be a wonderful play is hard to know where's the life and worse the death here's the story i read recently was about a man he lived up in washington and he at a house in the sun was shining on it so he claimed in maple trees along the south side
and a tree started to grow up
oh i don't know ten twelve feet tall
and these and
he fits key for civil one or two and then pretty soon though just masses of aphids all over the leaves no
and his neighbors came and said both here's how you get rid of aphids you know this brain and my days okay and and he didn't do it
and then his mother came into symbol wife's love and know just use water
he thought that's a good idea needing do that either
and then if it started in the leaps
and he was thinking
i wonder what's gonna happen no refunds are leaving the eating the leaves and they keep eating all the leaves of trees on die and i don't want to treat to die
so it turns out that aphids when they're doing their thing they secrete a sweet substance
and so pretty soon
the tree was covered with this kind of sweet substance and then yellow jackets and hornets and wasps and other kinds of flies and insects started a company
and course this guy was nobody's fool cause it as we all know
and what eats aphids this lady bugs
so he was watching for the ladybugs a whole week past leaves are falling noted ladybugs and other we pass
one or two lady bugs in eventually the ladybugs just came in swarms
he was that a happy ending present an unhappy ending what does your an aphid
how would you like a big lady bugs tampering you done by the dozen you and your brothers your sisters

what is it to just let life unfold
what is it to not rush in and fix it

i've got a phone call today from someone who had to be here during the notice in in may and he was telling me how the sun had a recurrence of melanoma and he was on this brand new exp
her mental treatment
and ferocious say they just take your system apart the lower your immune system
they give your somebody this incredible chemotherapy and and they build your immune system by company
and then i got a phone call today saying is not working
sometimes life and death doesn't seem
like a cute puzzle
are you a lady bug an aphid sometimes it's start
it's more evident and impactful than we wanted to be

hideaway as then practitioners
realize we're always cozy
in this stream of life and death
how do we wake up from
the dream of survival
he's anxious preoccupation
with flights of desire
and diversion in fear and regret
how do we do that

so here's the zen way

her step get in touch with what's going on
second step shut up and listen sometimes called silent illumination
third step
just keep learning what the heck's going on
allow that to be
the way life is engaged and death is engaged
sometimes called great dog
so in zen coins or the home our great time to get us wondering

the person i stopped and asked the question of the dawn i stopped this morning and asked a question of she confided to later she said when he asked me that question i went into a state of shock and fear i didn't even know what i said
sometimes that's her life

when we left
he's very helpful to have each other's support in this process
that was at upsurge of appreciation that i had this morning
what a blessing to be able to do this together
yeah it hurts
his difficult
it's challenging it's perplexing but it's a blessing all the same

well as piece my primer am i do is attempt
how fat
let's be some my primer is all just the intro to the case
he's a little bit of a poem by rooming
he suddenly this very thing about being nurtured
he's easy to put food in our minds acted smoke that easy but stuff that needs to be fully present for putting food in our minds but what is it to nurture our spiritual ukraine

first of all he talks about intimacy getting quotes making contact stage one
it's like a baby at the mother's breast knowing nothing of the visible or invisible worlds
everything is milk
what could not define that it can talk
this is the real that drives the my increasing
and what is open
though the same
it's the ocean inside the fish that bears of along not the river water
the time river spreads and disperses into the ocean with the fish seeds break open and dissolve in the grand only then will you fig trees come into being
so you must die before you die

so now you're fully prepared for this year it is
hello and tim young went to a heist to make a condolence com
yeah need the coffin and said alive or dead wu said i won't say alive i won't say that gun said why would you say
i won't say
halfway back
as they were returning young said tell me right now
if you don't tell me i'll hit you
you may hit me but i won't say
then he hit him

so called is like a rorschach test in a flick flick of this inkblot what do you see to listen to this kind what do you hear
so let me read it again what do you hear what stands out what is your mind go where do you find yourself in it what she does it take how does it point to the great matter of life and death how does it reveal the activity
who you are and why to work
cool yeah i went to house to make a condolence call he ended the coffin
alive or dead i won't say alive and i won't say dead why won't you say i won't say halfway bike as they were returning young said can we right now teacher if you don't tell me i'll hit you
you may hit me but i won't say
yeah hidden

what did you hear
how does it inform your life where does it resonate with what happened in your day to day

a feeling of grasping


what about today danny
where did that question pick shape

however somebody
did you hit them


what what did they reveal
when they teach you
they show you

boy howdy

we lit up for their hand and place
what was at first racers


really prefer not

the doubt

if someone to love the day that mystified fighting
when it held up


you know i don't know yet
i think about
how was it
how was it can just answer the question
hi there
addressing the question
when the title
hi besides to that the work
thank you
the students sounds like a child
why is this time around the question answer
you know
have a question asking

the that they know now that the average person knows that
september second half an hour
right after the actually
longing for a hospital the
have any questions
after the
i felt his afraid
he did the same
out on the time
you to

interesting isn't it sometimes it seems like
we're doing something
and it's almost like somewhere they're part of us is saying why you done this you know this isn't it
sometimes it's from the ticket kind you'd think of it as an internal dialogue if i took parts are two parts of it of ourselves talk to each other now
hockey season because
can i do that
after super question without question
section from your previous
so i think i'm ready for few days because right now
davis is so can be generated


wait has to hit him
what do you don't understand it
he and understand but the what a hit is
away be motivated to do such a thing
we'll keep the gun then what happens next

hello u say you mean it's in these these these are the stories meant to stimulate
our engagement in practice
how the hell does that stimulate your engagement in practice
i'm not at the approve it or agree with him something not of implying that how does it stimulate your practice

every suns
when that's pretty good
after this is in not knowing speaker
great gouge care decisions
you're gonna say something then i can say for to eyes hard for me to go hiking down in my hand friend and i can see here that desire to separate my project to remind decided to separate my life to her death he was thinking about a break through my life
to go into their and then hit your sometimes taxes race right there and you're looking all over trying to find yeah
when it hit one hits me is that desire to settle
finding out
and in-room it takes him
an inverse is it and says the ocean is inside the fish
not only are we not separate from it were like filled with it

has the reason why this is different surveys was saying learn about trying to use the condition might not mind either way but he's actually acting out because he knows the answer that he wanted second phone
he's trying seems like he knows

so is it is that would you do
have you tried to change the answer you already know
not anymore
and congratulations
the urgency never yeah
he wants to know

hundred last question less in please
her husband's work i have yes have you been company of person with the wonderful they have yes can we school

it's very obvious
has you reside and they don't breathe in again and they're dead
it's mysterious
it's it for me it was like my cognitive mind simply could not comprehend something that seems so utterly obvious
he his like
one of my species had died
and something on a cellular level was
struggling hard favourite
what's that was and what the implication of that was and
and it seemed to be as much about
entering life as it was about witnessing death
that's what i'd say

and one last bomb this one is about
hello on
on room notion were filled with it
and that
very devious and determined struggle for survival that we all seem so intrigued by that maybe there is an alternative
this is one by rocha his this is a suggestion
must not understand life only then will it become a feast
and let each day happened to you like your child who goes along and let herself be showered with blossoms together them up to save never enters the mind of the child she let them go from out of her hair and holds with open outstretched hands her dear young years to whatever comes next
maybe i'll be so lucky and may we each day
nick said free
to the mind of awakening the heart of awakening is something in as that brought us here we came here
to do this
in a way we came as students are became and guests you know this is the beating heart of are due to life
neely always stay close to it and may we am
help each other in the process thank you very much