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April 28, 2009

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Lauren

Perfect timing. Great Post. I've recently caught myself wanting to be overcome with happy-buddhist-wisdom-and-detachment. It ain't happening, so I've been regretting shameful-normal-person-sadness.

Maybe I can drop the weight of these concepts and bound around in the zero gravity of not-happy-and-not-non-happy.

What a great example the moon is, yet again!

Barry Briggs

Hi Lauren - After 20 years of this, nothing has appeared at all. No enlightenment, no compassion, no moon. And not nothing, also!

Pete Hoge

I certainly experienced a shift in my practice when I read some Krishnamurti...
stopped demanding so much from Buddhayana
and found how to see a bit more clearly
beyond my conditioning.

Barry Briggs

Hi Pete - Thank you for your comment. Our conditioning is so pervasive and deep. Perhaps all we can do is see it for what it is, and take responsibility for it. In Buddhism, we call this compassion and wisdom.

Alice

Where am I? What is this? Whaa?

Barry, you have been given the Honest Scrap Award. It’s on my post today. Thanks for herding the ox!

Barry Briggs

Hi Alice - What??

I'm not honest.

I'm scrawny, but not scrappy.

And the only award I got was for best Halloween costume in the 3rd grade. Oh, and also Eagle Scout.

You wrote a lovely post today - as you are wont to do.

Mostly, the ox herds me. But we're getting to be friends.

Puerhan

Love the moon. Great cartoon.

~gassho~

Barry Briggs

Really, who doesn't love the moon? It's so beautiful! (Of course, we don't see much of it in Seattle - although last night it was a lovely sliver in the West.) Thanks, Puerhan!

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