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September 24, 2009


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Hi Barry,

My name is Tim and we had swapped a few emails last year for some research I was doing for my professor. I had a few more questions, unrelated, for you. Is there a good email to chat with you on?




Good post Barry. I had some thoughts like this a while back too. Since "Enlightenment" can strike at any time (sort of like swine flu) suppose it struck one minute from now. Would one's old wooden chair suddenly become a golden throne? Would one's spouse or children transform? Or one's house, garden, livelihood, relatives, etc?

The only think that comes to mind is that one might just have a different perspective on life. Not better, not worse, just different. Not such a big deal I think since perspectives change daily as it is.


Great stuff as usual Barry.


Barry Briggs

Hi NellaLou,
Thank you for your perceptive comment. Aitken Roshi has talked a little about this point, saying that it's just a shift in view. It's hard to imagine that shift, I think, but if we pay attention to each moment, we already have shifted. The chair becomes truly a chair. My dear wife remains my dear wife, only perhaps more so. And I afflictions continue to appear.


Barry Briggs

Thank you, Puerhan!


Barry writes: "maybe, maybe not."

10.207 If you want to know the path on the mountain, You must be the one that comes and goes on it.


Ha, why do we want any of the things we want? Because we imagine that we will be happy, or happier, when we have got them. Always looking ahead, into the faraway distance. Never here, right here, where we are.

Barry Briggs

Hi BuddhaFrog,

One foot after another! Thank you for your comment.


Barry Briggs

Hi ZS,

Sometimes, when I'm honest with myself, the "right here, where I am" is pretty awful.

But there's something about having the courage and commitment to say, "right here, where is am, is pretty awful" that sucks the affliction out of the moment. Then it's "right here, right now."

Thanks for your comment!


John Small

Yeah, definitely in the "maybe not" realm lately.
Who ever told us that it was going to be pretty?!

Barry Briggs

John, you're talking my language!

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