The idea of the child is not as the silly child but the childlike.  Very 
different things.  The child is inmature.  The childlike is mature and wise 
without knowing of being.

--- On Wed, 24/11/10, Lana M. Gibbons <> wrote:

From: Lana M. Gibbons <>
Subject: Re: [Zen] New Member
Date: Wednesday, 24 November, 2010, 23:53


No, Thank You.  I already have much of the infant's mentality, the lack of 
duality, the awareness, the "no-mind" - to discard all of what I have "learned" 
so far would be to discard my true self.
The typical five year old has many concepts and ideas, they are possessive, 
materialistic, extreme in their sense of duality, some even expect others to 
serve them - that is nothing I strive towards being.
If all children naturally developed as Buddhas, there would be no need for 
Buddhism to exist.

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 3:36 PM, Maria Lopez <> wrote:

Lana wrote: 
So I ask: How do you interact with the people in this world?
Dear Lana:
Have a warm welcome to us..  My advice here to you will be that of forget all 
you have learnt so far and start all over completely a new.  As if you were a 
baby recently borne who has everything to learn, to explore, to experience.  
Visualise the baby you were and observe the personality and way of doing of 
that baby.  Or when you were five years old with no concepts or ideas but 
with that huge awe and curiosity for everything?.  Can you remember how very 
attentive then,  you were able to listen to anyone talking to you about 
something?.  Can you remember how attentive you were to everything that was 
going on?....Remember the little child and be simply yourself in that 
simplicity,  Natural with your laugh and your tears.  Free yourself of the 
weight of the thought and ideas accumulated through the years.    Don't be 
afraid of being yourself.  Give up about enlightenment and just be happy.  
I interact well with people but then I'm very lazy in cultivating  them and 
most of them give up on me!. But that is not their fault but mine all alone.
Hope you have lots and lots of feedback for your question.

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