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August 02, 2010

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joanne

I look forward to looking in the mirror this week with you. The hall of mirrors is an apt description for me right now. Never the same picture twice.

John

Sometimes I just start barking.
It feels sooooo good to just bark at the mirror.
Woof woof woof.

kitano0

Uh...form is emptiness,
emptiness, form.

Right?

Algernon

I've heard that another way to translate the word Buddha is knowing, or one who knows. Perhaps the connotation is intimate knowledge associated with being awake, as opposed to dry cognition.

David Clark

I like to imagine a scene as follows...

A brutish man, a killer and a thief,
Breaks his way into a mountain-top temple.
The temple is home to the Mirror of Truth,
Whose famed shinning surface never tells lies.
It stands at the top of a high winding staircase,
The thief races upward in order to seize it,
Two steps at a time in his greedy haste.
When the Bloody Reaver see's the treasure before him,
He blurts out aloud his very first thought.
"What an ugly mirror!"

Lauren Crane

Which will give rise to the age log question about the dog and it's nature. Watch out!

Barry Briggs

Thanks, everyone, for your generous comments. It's hard to resist the dog jokes but I'll save 'em for another day. We could do a whole week of dog jokes!

David, you have it just right - once we get to that mirror we're gonna see some stuff that we most likely won't appreciate. But then it's a warped mirror, isn't it??

Algernon, I do experience a real difference between "awake" and "cognition" - and it's an important distinction. Awakeness has no problem with the hall of mirrors; the cognitive mind only begins to stumble. In my experience.

Kitano0, yes, the Heart Sutra equates form and emptiness - thereby confusing millions of dharma students!

Thanks again, all!

kitano0

Yes, but it's a "good" confused, n'est-ce pas?

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