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March 02, 2009

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Val

Beautiful post.

The universe is whispering to us all the time...it's amazing what we hear when we quiet ourselves...

Just Sitting

Thank you Barry!

Molly Brown

"When we rise to meet the world, the world rises to meet us."

lovely, Barry. What a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it.


fw

Wow. I love this....

Alice

This reminds me of the teaching that all beings, in any realm, can hear and practice Dharma. Plus deer has such a special association to our Man.

Lovely post!

Puerhan

O, got a shiver reading about the deer listening! What a wonderful moment it must have been.

Please do keep turning the wheel!

~gassho~

Barry Briggs

Thanks Val, JS, Molly, FW, Alice, and Puerhan for your comments.

As I continue to look into the hunter, I imagine the quiet attentiveness required - alert to the surrounding forest and all the creatures within it. Alert, quiet, and with the direction to feed hungry people. Wonderful!

Lew Richmond

Gary Snyder posits that zen meditation began with hunting.

Barry Briggs

Lew, I wasn't aware of this but I completely get it. Does this appear in one of his books?

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