Hello Lana, I'm pretty new to this forum too and I think we can all learn a lot here.
A things I learned from my practice that may be relevant here: - it is always difficult if I label people and everything around me as worldly and at the same time not liking anything worldly. First, labelling is a result of discriminating mind. Then, not accepting things as they are is a guaranteed dissatisfaction. - if I'm upset because of something that you do, I have a problem, not you. If you're upset because something that I do, that's none of my concerns. Have a nice weekend, and if you celebrate thanksgiving, happy thanksgiving! siska ------Original Message------ From: Lana M. Gibbons Sender: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com ReplyTo: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com Subject: Re: [Zen] New Member Sent: Nov 25, 2010 07:29 ?0?2 It seems to me that traditional buddhists were able to step away from the world and dedicate themselves to their studies,?0?2some did not even have to do?0?2chores!?0?2 Only the teachers really needed to interact with outsiders and even then, they only really interacted with those who were interested in learning (or thought they were interested in learning). ?0?2 In the reality of today's world, unless?0?2one was born into a rich family, one has?0?2to work for their living.?0?2 One has to be a part of a society made up of the self-indulgent and dualistic,?0?2somehow maintaining no-mind?0?2despite constant contact?0?2with those who truly are suffering: all while knowing self-realization is something they have to attain on their own. ?0?2 -Lana ?0?2 ?0?2 On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 4:35 PM, Rose P <things_r...@yahoo.com> wrote: ?0?2 ?0?2 Good question Lana. It would be great to have more discussion in this forum about the nitty gritty of dealing with people in the world. Rose ?0?2 ?0?2 ?0?2So I ask: How do you interact with the people in this world? ?0?2 ------------------------------------ Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today!Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> Your email settings: Individual Email | Traditional <*> To change settings online go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/join (Yahoo! ID required) <*> To change settings via email: zen_forum-dig...@yahoogroups.com zen_forum-fullfeatu...@yahoogroups.com <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: zen_forum-unsubscr...@yahoogroups.com <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/