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January 15, 2009


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every matter has a reason. when i was troubled i sought out the reason, thus put end to consequence.

if i remember right, that lion has become a king ;)

we can what we can. avalokitesvara is smiling upon a flower. right here. right now.

good luck.

Molly Brown

I Love the Cowardly Lion and his All-Heartness, and I am sure when the Cowardly Lion needs to, he can access that one-pointedness. Thanks God things are not black and white.

Great post, Barry. Interesting. Courage. It is a big word. I guess to have courage to do anything authentically (whether it is speak truthfully, die, leave our comfort zone), we have to have heart.

Peace to you. Molly



Take care,


I've been feelin' like the Cowardly Lion too...but I'm sure I'll be feeling something different soon. Feelings keep moving, like a river stream. That much I know.

Justin Choo

This cat is not courageous at all! It is a big bully, without an iota of compassion.




loved that Seung Sahn's definition. Great courage indeed!

I also think that without faith there's no great or real courage at all. When things aren't going the way we want, then we need faith; whether it's faith in practice, faith in our family etc.

Thank you for this wonderful post!


Barry Briggs

Hi Mickael - when we can see the reason or intention behind our actions, the energy drains out of it completely. At least, that's my experience. (Which is not to say that it might not arise again.)

Thank you, Molly!

Yamakoa, I can't hear you!

Hi Alice, we'll soon have heart!

Hi Justin - the cat's gotta eat, just like the rest of us!

Uku, Seung Sahn always stressed the importance of Great Faith and Great Doubt, along with Great Courage. Very clear teaching.


I have always had trouble understanding that story about Great Courage. I can see that the cat who waits has great patience and determination. But courage? I guess I think of courage being something that arises or becomes evident when we face something that makes us afraid. We stand our ground. But that does not apply to the cat who waits. So what am I missing?

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