Bill, Sitting can calm the mind and make it more receptive to Teachings (of the Buddha); and living by these Teachings will drastically curtail the creation of new turmoil in the mind. It is not at all clear whether realizing Buddha Nature can augment one's psychological/emotional/relational smarts significantly, unless supplemented with mental health counseling - and then only perhaps. Nor will it necessarily rectify personality disorders. Nor does it guarantee deeper psychological insight into human or group behaviors. Nor does it necessarily strip one of the religio-cultural fakery that almost always becomes part and parcel of one's stance in life. Nor does it necessarily enhance understanding of normal and natural human and human group behavior. Nor does it ever completely neutralize the pull of the triple cardinal attractors: Wealth, sex and power. Nor does it necessarily enhance one's ethical insights and behaviors. Nor does it ever squash the ego, but possibly only refines it. --ED PS1: Please do not view the above statement as 'ex cathedra' utterances, but as statements to initiate the discussion of alternative perspectives and undertandings of these matters. PS2: The ordinary human life is a non-attainment of the above goals. --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote: > > Chris, > > Keep sitting for all our sakes. > ...Bill!