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March 25, 2009

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Jordan

Duck!

MyoChi

I can relate to this so well, my mouth does not always make me proud.

Another thing I have come to understand is that whatever I say, it is my perspective, originating from place where I stand and see things. Others are standing in their place and seeing things and they will have perspective based upon that. At the end of the day, there is nothing absolute, it is all relative and subjective. There is no right or wrong, just different.

Glenda

Mouth is number one problem gate!

...and keyboard may be a close second.

Lovely picture of Vulture Peak. It's everywhere, including Arizona :-)

Bows,
Glenda

John Small

:-I

Puerhan

Why avoid getting hit?

*whack* ... thank you Master.

~gassho~

David Clark

A timely post, this Problem Gate! I think Glenda here has the right of it as well. Having recently shot my big keyboard/mouth off, I'll take the grateful hit and pen these lines.

Mahakashyapa's smile,
A Dharma treasure,
Act in haste,
Repent at leisure.

Barry Briggs

Hi Jordan - you ducked, but I heard the blow on the back of your head!

Hi Myo Chi - Oh, we do cling to our view and position, don't we? How can we let go of this? That's the work of this story - you get hit either way, so then what?

Glenda - Yes. The keyboard. Yes. What a setup.

Puerhan, It's like scratching your left foot, when your right foot itches. I'm no master, but I'm learning to pay attention to my body!

David, thank you for your inspired and inspiring poem! It's certainly worth a post!

Thanks again, everyone!

Barry

doug rogers

"Open your mouth, I will hit you. Close your mouth, I will hit you."

Neither open my mouth to answer - it is closed- nor close it. I can't make the action of closing it if it wasn't open.

But that's only the lips and jaws and plays with the transliteration.

It's about language/ labelling / discriminating / grasping…

Look with your eyes, hear with your ears, breathe with your nose.

"Buddha's flower, my flower, are they the same or different?"

You just said so. Neither the same nor different. Just experience.

Barry Briggs

Thank you for your comment, Doug!

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