Hi Chris. No-one can piss for you and conversely you can`t piss for anyone
else. If people choose not to respond to a perceived insult that is their
choice. Furthermore, it might only be you who believes it to be an insult in
the first point. There is a teaching technique in Buddhism called kahuna
(spelling?) where the teacher uses the method mostly likely to be understood by
a particular student. That is why one teacher might use a smile, a slap or an
insult to get the same point across to 3 different students. I think in your
case Al is spot on because he has exposed your inability to read, breathe and
let go of perceived attacks on your ego. I think you might actually agree that
this inability to laugh or respond with humour is an obstacle in your path. Can
you see how Al`s `disrespect` is actually a GOOD teaching tool for you?
Remember, everyone and everything every moment is your and my teacher. Now get
a grip. Next time you get a slap! Mike.
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From: cid830 <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Thursday, 21 February, 2008 3:45:08 AM
Subject: [Zen] Re: What It Is In 2008
Thanks for your post, Mike.
Yes, I have heard the story of the monk carrying the lady.
It is a good one. And a very good way of illustrating my ability to
carry resentments of past regress. You know, I thought I was
completely over my harsh feelings for Al in past posts. I have
thoroughly enjoyed reading posts here for the past few weeks.
It's just that I have no tolerance for dis-respect. No
tolerance for one that dis-respects another while they are posting
sincere thoughts and beliefs. I like your point that my anger is
still not good, no matter the justification.
I guess I feel I am defending those who do not defend
themselves. I felt I was doing so when I was asked "Who are You? The
Pope of Zen!"... I took the tag proudly. Yes, I know a good
practitioner has no need to defend himself, and members such as JM
have responded with such eloquent retorts, but sometimes I feel you
have respond on such a level that the offender may understand.
Much respect, Mike, you and all others are good teachers
for me. I gain inspiration from many posts here. We can have any
kind of dialogue, but we don't have to be insulting while doing so.
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