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December 09, 2009

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Genju

Last night, in sangha, we had a discussion of Shakyamuni as a dead beat dad... :-)

Barry Briggs

I'm always interested in how hard it is to look at that aspect of his life. (Well, hard for me, anyway.)

David Clark

That's a great image of Ikkyu. He has a look of one who has known a lot of trouble in his time, and is wary of it breaking again at any moment.

David

Suzanne

Oh dear, that seems a little harsh, the buddha quote, a little grumbling is surely tolerable, and gives life a little spice.

Barry Briggs

Hi David - Yes, doesn't Ikkyu look . . . real?

Hi Suzanne - Given what I know about Ikkyu's life, I suspect he was referring mostly to himself. I wonder if he ever got sick of his own grumbling? Mine certainly gets old to me!

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