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May 27, 2009

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Dave St.Germain

"The greatest weakness of all is the great fear of appearing weak."
- Jacques BeNigne Bossuet

Do you agree?

Alice

"Indeed, perhaps genuine vulnerability and enlightenment come to the same thing."

I agree. The only difference, I think, is a point of reference. Confused mind sees completely openness as vulnerability. Confused mind being anchored to self.

Thanks Barry!

pete

I sense that vulnerability as a feeling
state is related to compassion...the
Bodhisattva is vulnerable?

Pete.

Barry Briggs

Hi Dave - Thanks for your comment! For me, Bossuet's words are like playing tennis on a football field. Nice game, but wrong playing field. For me, the key point about vulnerability is that we need to let go of all attachment - to weakness and strength, to rage and love, to wisdom and delusion. What seems most true in Bossuet's words is that our manipulated "appearance" - the fictions that we create and sustain about ourselves - are the greatest of violence that we can bring to the world. That's how it seems to me now, in this place.

Thank you, Alice, for your comment. You make a wonderful point, as always, by suggesting that in our confusion we see vulnerability as being, well, vulnerable.

Hi Pete, Thank you for your comment. This particular sense of vulnerable does not refer to a a feeling state, I believe, just as enlightened wisdom and compassion do not refer to feeling states. Rather, these are ways of being in the world and have to do with the function of mind. The enlightened function of mind is aware of feeling states, but is not itself a feeling state (which states are always transient). That's my thinking mind...

mickael

is sky vulnerable? does a rock care about it?

sage sees many names. fool knows nothing about it. :)

be happy. no rules. no restrictions.

good luck.
mickael

Barry Briggs

Thanks, Mickael, for your comment. A fool who knows he doesn't know is priceless. A fool who doesn't know he doesn't know is a fool.

mickael

Barry,

mountain is mountain. river is river.
mountain is river. river is mountain.
no mountain. no river.

neither is right, for to differentiate a fool from a sage is to set restriction.

good luck.
mickael

Barry Briggs

Thank you Mickael!

In the end, mountains are green, rivers are blue.

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