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August 28, 2008


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Interesting thought to ponder.

I do suppose that Shantiveda does have a point especially in regards to living skillfully, it's a good teaching about transforming a hostile world into one that is safe and comforting through changing how we see the world and embracing it thorns and all.

Hard stuff to practice for sure!!

Barry Briggs

It is hard practice, for sure!

Dogen Zenji once told this story about an old Chinese master:

A monk came to the master and asked: When the hundreds, thousands, and myriads of things come at you all at once, what should you do? The master said: Don't try to control them!

I think I don't get the point of Shantideva's teaching, because it seems to me that he suggests trying to "control" the myriads of thorns by applying leather (or some sort of protection). But what if we didn't try to insulate ourselves from life's thorns?

That's my question -- how to work with the myriads of thorns?

xavier L

One can never remove all the thorns from the world, nor cover the entire world with leather to make it seem less thorny. However, by covering one's foot with a leather sandal, it is as though all the world has been covered with soft leather, and all thorns removed.

The above seem very familiar to:

I cannot change the world to suit myself,
But I can change myself the suit the world.

To walk this thorny path,
I have to put on my leather boots.

To face the difficulties of life,
I have to put on my best will.

To face all my fear,
I still need to walk this route.

No doubt we have different views,
I still choose to respect you.

There are times when we argue,
Please, don’t forget that I still love you.

Cheeky xavier

Barry Briggs

Ouch, ouch!

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