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Sunday Lecture: "Have you been here before? Have some tea"; judgment and conduct; Four Noble Truths; Eightfold Path; ethics and etiquette

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well i i don't think it's any coincidence that there are two midwives sitting here in the front row this morning
i don't know what was trying to be born through me yesterday last night but i didn't sleep at all
and i'm pretty sure i'm not gonna say it whatever it is
so here's a lecture
but maybe together we can find out what it is working its way through me through us
this story is from zen master doga and the fast food coal of the shoguns will call every day activity
jojo great masters mg asked a newly arrived monk have you been here before
the monk said yes so i have been here
the master said have some tea
again the master as another monk have you been here before the monk said no i haven't been here
the master said
have some tea
the campbell director then asked the master why do you say have some tea to someone who has been here and have some tea to someone who has not
the master said director
when the director responded the master said have some tea
so
sometimes when i'm going to give a lecture people will ask me
what do you know to talk about
and
you know i feel a little embarrassed and i'm totally stumped i have no idea what i'm going to talk about
and i won't know what i'm gonna talk about until i sit down with myself for a pretty long time
and began to turn my own thoughts into more or less visible form
like to find some kind of a theme or topic is it might be showing me what's important for me right now
so this process of introspection actually initiated itself as the lecture date begins to approach i kind of looks like that
funny you know like some giant mammal on the horizon it's running this wave first it's months away than its weeks and days at minute here we are
so in the initial phase of getting ready to speak there's a little bit of a panic that i've noticed over and over again until i actually find that topic or that team what it is the hub
perhaps is trying to be born
so last time i was here i spoke about something that was up for me around the experience and the pondering of the topic the team of judgment judgment both by and of ourselves
judgment is one of the most common products so far private thoughts and of are also our our shared imagination
him down the pada the buddha uses judgment again and again as the kind of standard for human thinking human behavior they beat me she treated me he lied to me they deceived me those who think such thoughts will not be free from hey
eight
he's are very famous lines from the earliest teachings on the workings of the human mind
the buddha called a disturbing thoughts that were occurring in his own mind as he sat under the bodhi tree samsara from star which means endless circling and certainly rhonda
he beat me they lied to me they cheated me
so following on the heels of my own concerns with the subjective judgment i wasn't surprised to find this time that my concern began centering around the issue of conduct
knows this is kind of a two-step judgment and conduct they go together the first there's the invisible invisible process of of imagining how we've been injured what's been done to us and what we're going to do
then the next step is taking action
conduct so the first step you know they did this they did this to me and the second step in i pick action
i make them go away
what first step i like this and second step i'm going to keep it from up
so the buddha talked about conduct as right conduct and it was one of eight of the fourth of the eightfold path that he offered as an antidote to our tendencies of mind and behavior to create
others in this world
he beat me she robbed me they cheated me he lied to me those who think not such thoughts will be free from hate
so i had i would go over this morning a little bit the buddhist basic formula for the causes and the relief of human suffering
i know many of you already heard and know quite well the four noble truths era but again and again these are the primary template around which all of the other buddhist teachings her makes sense we can always refer back to the four noble truths
so he taught the four noble truths and his very first sermon that was named the turning of the wheel of the law
and he said that you know like a doctor giving a medical diagnosis and then a prescription for cure he said noble tooth number one there is on
now there is suffering
in this human life things are not quite the way we want them to be
and this illness can range from the mildest disappointments to the most virulent forms of violence and itself abuse
in the surgery itself he says birth is suffering aging is suffering sickness is suffering death is suffering sorrow and lamentation pain grief and despair are suffering
association with the loathed is suffering this association from the loved his suffering not getting what one wants his suffering in short the five aggregates of the mind and body and other words all that we are is affected
by suffering to clinging to cling to grasping
so this is the illness
and because of the illness is noble truth number two
the cause of are suffering is a fundamental ignorance that couples with our desires to create this basic two-step that i mentioned before i want it i'm going to get it i don't want it i push it away
the judgment i like it i don't like it and action
i'm going to make it happen i'm going to stop it
very familiar all day long
back and forth back and fourth round in iraq trump's our home sometime
so whether we're the victimizers or the victims really doesn't matter so much it's the same spin that's causing the world of suffering to go around and now
no
so again in the sutra it says it describes noble tooth number two in this way it is craving craving based in ignorance which produces the renewal of being accompanied by relish and lust relishing this and that in other words craving for sense
jewel desire craving for being craving for non-being
so i thought i would say a little bit more about this fundamental affliction of ignorance that underlies this whole edifice of suffering
ignorance is not anyone's fault you know were born that way and we can't really blame ourselves we can't blame a creator and we can't even blame our neighbors
it's just how we come into this world
an ignorance is basically a misperception of the universe caused by the reflective lenses within our minds
no it's kind of a trick but it's a very good trick
like the moon reflected in the water
or the shadow puppets on the wall
made from lanterns you know only their sticks and twigs but they look like real animals running along
so these formations of our minds themselves create the genuine appearance of a genuine self of an actual person that we believe is here and that we believe
it needs to be protected and to accumulate all of its desires
there was a verse from my childhood that i think is rather creepy share with you
i met a man upon the stairs a little man it wasn't there he wasn't there again today oh how i wish to go away
so this is this magical creature that reside somewhere in the location of bark body in our thoughts this self
for self and as the world turns so is the whim of this creature
so right here in the midst of an ocean of colors and textures and sounds and paste for each versus bobbing along
there's a kind of magic spell from which emerges the king or queen of the fairy tale
have you been here before oh yes i've been here before
more than have some tea
have you been here before i'm no no i haven't been here before well that have some tea
we're talking to me
what to me
so i was thinking of some other examples of this exaggerated self that is produced to magically
to the processes of our minds and one of the images that came to me with come to a star wars saga remember java the hut
they a giant banana slug
the as a huge mouth and a huge abdomen and he's bringing all of his needs into his mouth and he doesn't move
you just mean demands on tells people to get him more food
that's kind of like me
i'm like that
and then so i was thinking that you know the south side of this is that throughout human history and it seems as though the and scott inflated means have been elected as the leaders of our nation
say the accumulators of well exaggerated sense of self important
no we say things like patriotic
the virtue
and
my country right or wrong that kind of feeling that kind of idea is that yourself
and if caught is the court or something
recently i was disappointing my daughter and some of you know and she said to me
where to go on
the
i didn't lie about that
so anyway
it seems as though this egotism or this information you know not only occurs within people but also nations themselves are see me to act like overgrown baby now they're sucking up the resources and hoarding all of their toys to himself
kind of seem that way
i'm a crazy world
yeah
yeah you too
so out of our failures world round both as individuals and as institutions to awakened from the ignorance of selfish formation we jumped to conclusions and then we fly into action
which helps us to understand
bombing of baghdad the attack on new york and london madrid jumping to conclusions and flying into action
just as the wheel of the cart follows the beasts that draws the current
work
because they beat up they later they steal from the cheetah
those who think that part two will not be free
so once again know once again the ceaseless and well rapid journey around the circle
comes to be the pathway pulled him
round
so nice for the habits of her mind
the habits that come from ignorance himself clean
and that lead to suffering
and just like smoking and drinking nail-biting the cupboards are tremendously difficult to break
but the good news is that they can be broken
and they were broken by the buddha as he reported twenty five hundred years ago
and injustice way
seeking but not finding the housebuilder i traveled through the round of countless birth oh painful his birth ever and again
housebuilder you have now been seen
you shall not build the house again
your rafters have been broken down your rich pole is demolished to my mind has now obtained the uninformed nirvana
and reached the end of every kind of crazy
he's really happy guy
and he apparently accomplish this
easy task by simply sitting still under a tree important for about a week
prepare
so when he spoke he i made an effort to explain to us what actually had gone on inside of himself during that time he spent ah apparently not mobilize under the tree and he taught the four noble truths by way of that explanation
as could just a quick review noble truth number one there is suffering
noble truth number to the cause of suffering is ignorant
coupled with the dire
the novel truth number three in the good news
there is the cessation of suffering
the house is torn down
the house of this fall fluff
and noble truth know before the cessation of suffering is cause to the devotion of our lives to the unfolding of an eightfold path
whoa this is the inner world of the outer appearance that we call the buddha
this unfolding of the eightfold path
so this word fold in eightfold path reminded me that the prescription by the buddha for the end of suffering is really all of a piece like the road itself that we were
totally
i'm
so even though this robes starts off in pieces pieces which we actually cut ourselves out of a whole cloth
we then take the pieces and we stitch them back together very carefully
and why we did we seem a little song
i take refuge in gouda i take refuge in every stitch and
how long to very on pathway
we complete the sign of the
and we measure them so that they fit our body each each other measured
the mv wrap them around ourselves
i one time i was feeling pretty upset about the world happens to me quite often sure it happens to all of you as well and i went into my teacher and i said so how's this going to help the world
and he said well
maybe it will save the world from you
maybe he was right
so once we saw our road we iron and we them very carefully and then in this particular way we fold them so that they fit very nicely and the envelope poor storage until the next morning on me put them on again
so am i bring this up as an example of a devotion to the practice for beautiful pup
there are many such practices that the buddha offered to us to in
keep us busy
because i
devoted to activity that cause no harm and then perhaps even bring comic measure of peace
harmonious union
to our community and twelve world
so there are lots of other fold in the eightfold path so i thought i would name that will give you a very brief
example of each
the first one is right view
right view
and what right view include the four noble truths themselves tried
just been recounting it includes the laws of karma or power actions if they're good lead to good results and if they're not good lead to negative because because the law
and it also includes the teachings of interdependent basically that we belong to each other
and in fact we are nothing other than one another we are the peace
the british wrong
right view is expressed in our tradition by taking refuge in the triple treasure and the teacher in the teaching and in the community
the second floor is called right intention
and right intention is taking the three pure precepts are the three pure bows which are quite simple to embrace and sustain right conduct
to embrace and sustain all good
to embrace and sustain all the
really nothing more to it
to save the world
how by stuff
the next three are right speech right conduct and right livelihood
and these three are embodiments their physical and it has to do with an awareness of the impact than we have through our words for a physical action and through our possession on one another and on this world
now will it be a hummer for a hybrid
he gets to say
the sixth of april path is right effort which here at green gulch means getting up at four forty in the morning
when you hear the bell ring you get up that's what we call right up
not easy
live it is up
and the next one right mindfulness is the full engagement of our bodies of our hearts and minds in the work of i life
and last one right meditation is whichever meditation you're doing right now
that's why
have you been here before
have t
so whether
and only you know you're packing of triumph banana slugs or tiny
the mechanism of self creation of the same prey to them until the practices and the realization are also the same breach about
fang human being same mechanisms of deception of illusion and same liberation so as the monk says that the buddha said to the monks
ah just as the ocean or monk has one paste the taste of salt my pitching has one piece the pace still liberation
overcoming the grand illusion of a self in all cases takes a great deal of patience and persistence and in the end the tremendous nobody
but it also takes the safety and stability of the containers that to be april path to harbor during our transformation
and then
but i also wanted to talk about today was what about the for the transformation
what what do we do about the world of of human being than human conduct before we evolve awaken
so i had an idea
and it has to do with the conduct with paint that was occurring to me
they pondered my current concern
on the world
and i was thinking that you know we need some basic rule whether we're lutherans are defeated
no
secular time to whatever we are whatever we think we are perhaps we need to move from common rule
epic
the etiquette
now ethics is a word that they all for it comes from the greek
puncture has to do with character
character characters and inequality that develops within young humans have big bro
if they're taught if they're today
and instead invisible hand the enemy the a dog
we don't really know what anyone ethics are now we just see the behavior
when people are sneaky
so we don't know
we'd like to take until this would be good
oh only me know what our ethical commitments on our ethical life
how it shaped and which weighed me how we pride gentle and sincere
it's that our standard of department or we honor
so
i'm in a good character is no less of an illusion than any other kind however it's movement in the right direction
towards the genuine and authentic integrity
the as is the have here we are meeting with a buddha each time each of us meet together
i didn't hear me
now a one of the great dangers in the kitchen halls of the spiritual tradition
is
a desire that one could rid oneself of ah
of a person of the person we are that enlightenment means i got rid of this stuff but out of hatred
for most of the theme
and this is not what's recommend that's not itself were trying to ideas star
no first step is to create a self a character that's worthy of luck
by us
but we like a beautiful how solidly built
full of integrity sure
good humor
that's the house you can tear down
doesn't that
these quality
there's no cleaning
but if you're a full of hatred and fear and self loathing them
first step is to
we engage in the process of growth develop
so if egypt caution for oliver
her
have a story about that to serve took place in the house come up like heart so young crossed the line you have a lovely out
the monk has a view was terminable a p to lord sendai in a precious antique mall that had just been given to him by his guest the monk john drop by and join them
at the time of appreciating the bowl
good very special moment with tea house when you've finished your tea and then the ball is sent around and who get to look at it keeping it very mode of the map so no harm would come to it humid of the habits slip out of your hand
so at the time of appreciating the borough john smashed it with a ceremonial thing
this guy here
hi
and he said now look at the authentic people that exist before birth
now look at the authentic people that exist before birth
are you nearly fainted
however board sunday remained present and asked to have the bowl returned to him repaired and in the special back to which he would label yeah
affected the authentic ball before
and then he would pass it down to his descent
so i think cats are you in if story was holding onto the forms that little too tightly
to his own good character
to is tea house the ball
to his own conduct to herself
and john bit of the rascal
now he was clearly fond of breaking at all
i'm sure it wasn't the first time he used to stick
what kind of guy
quack
lord sunday however
to his presence of mind knew how to put it all back together again
and he knew how to care for the forms even though they are continuously being broken
at my teacher pension will she once said our practice is arranging rock in an avalanche
so whereas ethics and character may be the invisible standards that animate our lives i also wanted to speak on behalf of etiquette
the visible standards of behavior
through which we meet one another in the marketplace and on the freeway
etiquette comes from a french word for ticket meaning a small piece of paper on which were written the rules of conduct
ah social conduct that initially i'm sure for use by there
court that the nobles the ruling classes
so but you know it wasn't only the europeans who were into this kind of ticket thing
the indians had a very elaborate court ritual as well and the buddha was born a print
so he spent a great deal of his teaching career transmitting and rules of etiquette to his youthful the cycle
and although the rules of etiquette as we know can degenerate into hollow and devious ritual
for the buddha they were a skillful and simple me to express the ethical virtue that had arisen inside of him at the dawn of his awake
he was no longer a pretty
when he was asked you know what are you are you he said no
are you a god he said no
are you a demon
are you a water spirit you know
what are you he said i'm awake
in the earliest years of his teaching the buddha didn't present his students with a long list of rules of conduct
in fact initially there were only five enlightened disciple
and they spent their time with the buddha sharing food and shelter and enjoy
the awakening that was common for the six of them
but as time went by and more and more people both men and women came to listen and to practice with the buddha
need arose to have some wool from direction with people
and school case by case these rules and department were established
the people would come to the and say such and such happened and this is discouraging to the people of the town they they gossip about the one from buddha would call them on twin your discouraging people to town by your behavior maybe you should pick my quiet
and so little by little these became a war and they were collected together into the linear pick out which means the basket of the discipline the rules of department for the monks and nuns and the layman lay women
so early examples included regulations around housing clothing speech medicine and hours of meditation
but they also included some rather startling admonition such as not taking food from your neighbors bowl
not meeting with your mouth open
not sticking your leg straight out in front of you
and my very favorite of all not hopping into a donor's house

and i took me awhile to appreciate some of these archaic rules until i began to realize that the buddha must have been working on in the most literally with children
who is teaching children
whether they were young an age or simply young and their social development is a kid and so very kindly and and persistently they weren't given
lowes department this attic
and as a result the early buddhist sangha was warmly welcomed as they went from town to town
no they were quiet and respectful
and they waited their turn and they held their both now with gratitude and people gave them food
they lived for many centuries on a simple gesture
even today an asian countries so i hear the young children who are ordained trained by the monastic are very sweet
they have a wonderful department and inspiring to see
i don't know if any have you seen these pictures are career good match with me
no an ashes
i shouldn't have now
yeah there's these pictures of the monks young monk from monks you know with jaguars leaning up against take was with her eyes closed
with hawked flying over their heads and their air in these their faces are totally calm totally a ripe you
children
ha we've been trained we've been given an opportunity to learn away we've been
the personally i also experienced this same degree of respectful department in the children one of the navajo who were visiting here last summer i think it's what struck me the most about meeting them is how the children spoke to the elders
and to one another
i was so moved and appreciative of the quality of their familial relations if i mentioned it to my therapist and he then asked me what if i could imagine what that might be
what what it might be that i was he then moved me so much
and i did know and i did say
he was nothing
thank you very much please avoca
ben
may