I haven't kept up with the Zen Forum for several months.  It seems I come back 
to where I left off, always agreeing with Master Bill.  In recalling past posts 
I always seemed to disagree with your point of view on zen.  I do recall some 
agreement. I know I always admired your perspective on reality and illusion. I 
seldom read the articles you've posted, but was always interested in what YOU 
had to say about them. I have DEFINITELY learned from your perspective and I am 
sorry that I have never told you so.

Thanks for your post.

Chris D.

--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote:
> Ed,
> You wrote:
> Who am I that you or anyone else should want to hear what I have to say?
> After all, on the Internet, over a decade and half and after tens of
> thousands of posts, nobody has ever said to me that they learned anything
> from any of my perspectives.
> [Bill!] I want to hear what YOU have to say because you are a real person
> who has taken the time and interest to post something.  That's why I am
> interested in what you have to say.  I'm not as interested in someone just
> copying a quote from someone else (and this includes Buddha), unless they do
> so as a highlight to their own thoughts, or add their own comments.  And
> those comments have to be more than 'I really like this' or 'I disagree with
> this' to be meaningful to me.
> I'm sure many of the people who have read your previous posts have learned,
> or have been caused to think about things in a little different way.  We
> learn from everybody and everything, or at least we have that opportunity.
> Keep posting your own thoughts and opinions.  Don't be afraid someone will
> disagree or make fun of you.  Just be sincere.  We have  a lot of people on
> this Forum who are definitely sincere.  We are all here to learn.
> .Bill!


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