I was taught to place our heart at the level of Bodhisattva before we even begin.

Meaning we begin by accepting all phenomenon of this universe as one.  Therefore, if we don't use "I" or "You", and use just "we", then we could reduce our differentiation.

This way, we need less comparatives or adjectives.  We have less a chance to be lost in relativity and consciousness.  We may clam our noisy mind a little and cultivate our Oneness with the universe with our heart.

Dalai Lama said, "compassion is a willful act to undertake the sharing of the karma of others."

Let me phrase in Bill's terminology, "Can't you the ignorance in us all?"

"When our Hearts are like the wall, nothing affects."  Bodhi Dharma. "Now we can enter the Tao."

Bill Smart wrote:

Donald Hwong,

You're right, of course, and I wrestle with this each time I sit down
to write a post - how can I best express my buddha nature in this

The problem is that this forum is a words-based forum, and zen is not
best communicated via words. Worse than that it's a text-base forum.
The fact is that if you want to communcate via this forum you must use
words and text.

So, I could, as you suggest, just 'sit down and shut up', and that
would indeed be a great way for me to express my buddha nature, but
that doesn't allow any communication via this forum.

It's certainly a challenge, and a fun one!



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