I will try to answer your question which I assume is: 'What would you do if 
confronted with someone who was threatening your life?"

I can absolutely truthfully say that I don't know what I'd do.  If I knew what 
I would do then that means I would have thought it all out ahead of time, and 
then it would me Bill! acting and not Buddha Nature.

I can tell you I would probably do what all animals due when confronted with 
danger: flight or fight.  I would either try to get away - that could be by 
using persuasive talk or actually running away; or fight - that also could be 
with threatening talk or behavior, but could include physical assault.  If what 
you are looking for is a definite statement that I would be passive and not 
commit violence, I can assure you that would not always be the case.

Like responding to a koan, the answer depends on the entire moment: who's 
asking, what's the situation and what's my experience at that moment.

I hope that response satisfies you.  It satisfies me.


From: [] On Behalf Of 
Anthony Wu
Sent: Thursday, January 15, 2009 2:04 PM
Subject: RE: [Zen] Re: The Reason For God

I understand your 'zen logic' in view of a lack of a proper word. In my case:
-  If I run into a killer, I will run away, scared to death.
-  If I am starving, I will suffer a lot, complaining about bad karma.
Understanding your action cannot be my template, I am still curious what your 
reaction is in that position 'at this moment when you are writing'. Don't worry 
about the next moment when you may react differently. I will be disappointed if 
you say you cannot answer because you only have 'just this' at the present.


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