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August 10, 2010

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puerhan

Love his thoughts on faults, so insightful!
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Barry Briggs

Yes, Puerhan, it actually provides a wonderful way of looking into ourselves - right along the fault lines.

David Clark

So may we understand these faults and weaknesses as those aspects of our nature which most often cause abrasion in our interaction with others and the world at large?

Barry Briggs

David, I have in mind the grinding of terrestrial plates, the great forces of friction that reshape the whole world. Slow, but sure.

ZM Seung Sahn was amazed, when he first came to the West, to see people wash potatoes one by one. In Asia, they just dump the potatoes into a pot, fill it with water, and then rub the spuds up against each other. That's the Zen way to clean karma!

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