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June 26, 2009

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Val

Pema rocks.

Barry Briggs

Val...No kidding!

Pete

haha,"Gods don't want to become Men"...

thats great.

Thanks for your comments on my latest
post....truly all I had to do was "walk
through the door" and my father indeed
held the door for me, inviting me into
his house.

The "path" does not cease to astonish me
with it's various unfoldings.

Pete.

Barry Briggs

Thank you for your comment, Pete.

neurobi

I didn't know Pema. Now I do. Thank you very much.

Barry Briggs

She's worth knowing! Thank you, Neurobi.

John Small

Pema!
I think sometimes we not only walk on broken glass, we break the glass and then we roll around in it and then dramatically cry out, "Ow ow ow! I can't take this!"

Barry Briggs

John, you are exactly, 100% spot on. This is exactly what we do - first we make a mess, then we complain.

neurobi

Actually, we're all fakirs. ;)

Barry Briggs

Sometimes I wish I knew some tricks, Neurobi!

Lauren Crane

What did I miss? Just when she identified the issue, she stopped? How do we "wrap leather around our minds." Seems like the analogy breaks down (into shards of glass).

Barry Briggs

Hi Lauren - You're right - the video has a moment of opacity and I hesitated in posting it for this reason. She's referring (without naming him) to Shantideva's metaphor of covering the earth with leather, because our feet hurt. Shantideva pointed out that covering the earth with leather didn't make much sense, when we could just cover our feet instead. This is all a fancy way of saying that if we're suffering, we don't need to "change" the world "out there" - we only need to "change" the world "in here."

Joseph Bengivenni

This video is great! I really hope to visit her while I'm home.

Even though I know I'm causing my own suffering, I've been letting things get to me dealing with in-laws who have little (Zero might be more accurate) interest in any opinion I have about caring for my child. I keep telling myself, "When I get to Canada, everything will be great." Really, I should be listening to the voice a little deeper telling me not to take things personally. My feet have grown too used to running bare!

Alice

Hi Barry,

It was awesome catching up on your posts while I was away in the mountains, rolling around on jagged rocks and splashing around in the cesspool of my mind. Who needs retreats when there's Ox Herding?

Great vid! I'm grateful for Pema for bringing dharma beyond the Buddhist community. She has a great gift for touching people's hearts where it hurts/smiles.

Barry Briggs

Joseph - Oh, I know the mind that thinks, "When I get to [place], everything will be great." It's the same mind that thinks a new iPod, new wife, or new mind will make my life complete. Our work is to look a little more deeply into that craving...

Barry Briggs

Alice - I'm glad to have you back. Thank you for your nice comment. Yes, Pema Chodron connects directly with so many of us!

Mahabodhiyana

Heard this analogy before many times...but still the message hits directly. I think that's because in our lives many of us are still laying "leathers everywhere" instead of having it "wrapped around our feet".
;)

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