The samurai prepares for such a situation in advance. Do you claim he
can't then act from Buddha Nature when the time comes? Just the
opposite, by preparing his body is tuned to act as it needs in the
moment far more efficiently than if he had not trained.
On Jan 15, 2009, at 10:22 AM, <billsm...@hhs1963.org> wrote:
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
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
I hope that response satisfies you. It satisfies me.
From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com]
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.