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April 12, 2012

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laura

i enjoyed meeting you and hearing your talk at open meadow on wednesday! we spoke about blogs and i'm including the link to mine below.

i also want to mention that i love the posts on your "international film festival", perfect description.

Genju

I love that the video is freeze-framed with you holding your fist to your forehead! Love the story of Buster and your wisdom! Thank you, my friend!

NellaLou

Nice to see and hear you in the video.

Moleary93

Yes, very nice, but who ARE you?

Emma

Hi Barry,

Lovely to see you and hear you in the video!

I'm intrigued by the story of Buster and the butting - do you think that Vince's response was also a case of prajna operating? It seems amazaing that he hit the floor so to speak, and then proceeded to do something that responded to the situation in a way which (while violent) was in fact very ram-like? Angry, he easily could have immediately kicked the sheep causing internal injuries, but he got his message across strongly and clearly, hitting the precise spot where Buster would recover...

Just to clarify, I'm not advocating violence, but simply wondering, flavoured by stories of Zen masters hitting ripe disciples at precisely the right spot...

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Faeze

Nice to see you :-)

Ben Howard

Barry -

It was a pleasure to listen to your talk.

It's difficult to find the right word for the "before-thinking" response. I have found "pre-reflective thought" somewhat helpful, because it acknowledges that even in a spontaneous response, some kind of thought is occurring. That seems to have been the case with the farmer, who had time to go fetch his hammer before responding. But it was not reflective thought, such as that which occurred after his spontaneous action.

jill i

Thanks Barry, good to see you and hear another one of your dharma talks again!

Ha, my neighbor also had a ram named Buster. I miss them and the sheep noises drifting through the neighborhood each spring.

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