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July 09, 2010

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puerhan

Great scene that one!
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Barry Briggs

It's one of my most favoritist movies, Puerhan!

Genju

Mine too! Carving the characters of the Heart Sutra is such a powerful motif for practice. I'll never forget it.

et

Why advocate breaking when a more conscious approach is possible? I would much rather have a companion that is unbroken, whether it is human, animal or mind.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A0P7yXu2-mI&feature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MmXKHyY_2D0

David Clark

Very interesting looking movie. I'll have to track down a copy. "Why Did Boddhidharma Come From the West" has become a favorite of mine, which I think I discovered from this site.

Barry Briggs

et, thank you for your thoughtful comment - and for the links to these interesting videos.

While there are certainly more humane and conscious ways of working with animals, the record generally shows that we humans resist the work of becoming "tame." While there are great masters, such as Huineng, who attain Mind without the anguish of coming to terms with it, there seems to be many more cases where the work of awakening is akin to breaking. These stories begin with the Buddha's own life and continue through Bodhidharma, Hui-ko and countless other masters.

To pick just one, Guei-shan went through a kind of profound agony (after Pai-chang made him a teacher), ultimately resulting the the "breaking" of everything he believed to be true.

I wish we humans could find a gentle path through this work (I could use it!), but that doesn't seem to be the path taken by most of us.

It would be interesting to study why this might be the case...

Thanks again,

Barry (with apologies for the long delayed response)

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