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May 20, 2009

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Alice

Your lovely poem reminds me of something I read last night by Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche. To point out that space and awareness are inseparable, he used the analogies (I paraphrase): If space is salt, then awareness is saltiness; If space is sugar, then awareness is sweetness. That would be resting in "suchness."

But the next step, the necessary step, after realizing emptiness of form is to return back to it - only this time, with the new eyes of emptiness-realization ... your next post!

Thank You!

Lauren Crane

[Observation...not accusation] Waist deep in suffering right now, my father in law may soon quit his mortal coil. He is in pain, he is scared, he is confused. My wife is exhausted. What can I offer that is "buddhist" that does not require hours of research and discussion to deliver. What did Buddha offer that even the most "ignorant" could grasp and find some relief from suffering. What can be said in 20 words or less that can make a difference to these poor people. Koans won't do anything but confuse. History will aggravate. Discussions of "thusness" will be met with a blank stare. How do you help with buddism without using buddist terminology, liturgy or common practice? "Buddism" is good for nothing. It is supremely pointless. It is a truth that has no meaning.

The only help is to be a full person, and do what is done in the moment.

One does not need to "learn buddhism" to be this buddist.

Yikes.

Barry Briggs

Hi Alice - Thank you for sharing Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche's clear teaching. And, yes, once we are clear . . . then what?

Oh Lauren, My heart hurts for the suffering your family is experiencing.
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Thank you for your very clear words. If we can become, in this very moment, a "full person," then our course of action will appear. Buddhism cannot teach this. There is no method for this. We must "simply" rip open our heart/mind to the truth of the moment. Yikes, indeed!

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