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April 21, 2010

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Uku

"If it is dirty, clean it. If it is disorganized, straighten it up. If it is broken, fix it. This is keeping the precepts."

Wow, that IS awesome! I have to share it in Twitter and Facebook. Thanks Barry!

And thanks also for writing that book review. Sounds really interesting.

Bows,
U

Genju

No River to Cross echoes Hafiz' poem The Wanting Creature:

I said to the wanting-creature inside me:
what is this river you want to cross?
There are no travelers on the river-road, and no road.

Entrust and let go... lovely connection to today's 108zenbooks flailing attempts at staying afloat in this no river I'm not crossing. ;-) LOL!

John Small

Spot on with the timing again!
Thank you. It's becoming less surprising when several different conversations with others all have the same concepts and words.

Words and thoughts are powerful. You mentioned her straightforward description of the precepts to me last week and yesterday I returned to the cushion and then saw the messy house and took care of it.

I would like to read this book when it is officially published.

puerhan

Ah this teacher again!

We have a copy of this very book at home but I haven't got to reading it yet.

Suzanne

I like that entrusting and letting go thingy...the really great news is that fixed ideas can still arise, but no one is around to take them very seriously. And lo and behold, the fixed ideas can lead us onto another great adventure...one that we never would have had if all fixed ideas were gone. It's impossible, in fact, to get it wrong.

Marcus

Thank you Barry for this wonderful review.

And I love the quote from your own root teacher: "If you don't hold onto anything, you will get everything."

It's funny, I often think of Masters Seung Sahn and Daehaeng as being like brother and sister - their words fit together so perfectly.

Thank you again and all the very best, and with palms together,

Marcus

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