--- On Thu, 13/1/11, Chris Austin-Lane <ch...@austin-lane.net> wrote:

Practice doesn't change the nature of what living is.
MEL: It doesn't change the conditions out there, but we can change from within 
according to the BigMind, which is always in operation. For example, I was 
really dying for KFC tonite, but decided to put up with all the dualistic 
cobwebs of desire...and went home to eat what's there(which was more healthy)

The BigMind is always there, and sufficient by itself. It's like a pure, 
pristine rainforest untampered by Man. I'm sure Tarzan and Mowgli know about 
this very well. When unhealthy desires(not just bad food) lead us, then the 
BigMind becomes insufficient. When we keep the BigMind, then all the precepts 
stay automatically, and everything falls into place. Lose the BigMind, and we 
lose all precepts..and we lose ourselves to dualism
On days when I've sat in zazen, I say things I wish I hadn't, get crabby, stub 
my toe, make typos, drop dishes, etc., etc., just like on days when I
have avoided sitting in zazen.
MEL: That's because Homo Sapien is not perfect. We've been endowed with lots of 
bells and whistles that other living things haven't been. Struggle is part of 
that human quality. But...we strive, and strive some more, until the effort 
disappears...and there only is..

peace be with you



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