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April 29, 2009

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Paul Lynch, JDPSN

Dukkha is uneasiness, dis-satisfaction, unsatisfaction, dis-ease, etc.....

Yeah, all of these are what humans rail against....

Barry Briggs

Hi Paul - We rail against dukkha, we ignore it, we deny it, we distract from it, we try and trick it. We'll do almost anything but confront dukkha and its causes. Great sadness...

Val

um, no.

The only things I've found that bring real release from the real pain are love and compassion. When these emanate, there's no room left for pain.

Barry Briggs

Val, no one has said it more directly. Thank you.

Justin Choo

Barry,

The pain is in the thinking.

Alice

Every time I bark incessantly, I see what I'm trying to do: resist, blame, act like there's something wrong with the world. Yet I bark anyway knowing I'm being an irresponsible dope. Having said that, however, I've been actively working on this aspect, and I must say, the barking has lessened markedly! Woof Woof for that!

Barry Briggs

Justin - you're exactly right. We make suffering from our attachment to thinking. In my understanding, thoughts themselves are not the problem - they're like clouds floating in the sky. But if we "attach" to the thoughts, then suffering is the inevitable result.

Hi Alice - I think in Korea, they say "Wong Wong!" (Is that true?) But whether it's wong or woof, it's defensive - designed to protect ourselves from seeing something about ourselves that we don't wish to see.

Alice

Mung Mung!

Barry Briggs

Same sound, different ears! Wonderful! Thank you, Alice.

Puerhan

what a bunch of cool dawgs!

~gassho~

Barry Briggs

Woof! Mung! Wong!

Thanks, Puerhan.

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