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: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
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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