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You people ask too much of a guy who's just try to inspire you to think for your own. I'm not your mind, or your source for lifes questions. I thought I implied this?
Think of me as another concept! What I am and the things I say and do are things for you to interpret.
(this is more directed to everyone else now, i'm not targetting you, sorry cuz it was a reply to you.)
I'm not giving you guys hell either I'm just saying its the intent that matters... language is only so flexible and as one poster mentioned, its difficult.
My intent is to not give everyone the answer for everything, its to get them to look within for it!
Thats the only other way i think I could share it in an uncomplicated fashion. I'll never stop doing this, no matter how complicated it gets. Often times the comments from the message make it more complicated I feel.
Zen Buddhist story
Two monks, going to a neighbouring monastery, walked side by side in silence. They arrived at a river they had to cross. That season, waters were higher than usual. On the bank, a young woman was hesitating and asked the younger of the two monks for help. He exclaimed, 'Don't you see that I am a monk, that I took a vow of chastity?'
'I require nothing from you that could impede your vow, but simply to help me to cross the river,' replied the young woman with a little smile.
'I...not...I can...do nothing for you,' said the embarrassed young monk.
'It doesn't matter,' said the elderly monk. 'Climb on my back and we will cross together.'
Having reached the other bank, the old monk put down the young woman who, in return, thanked him with a broad smile. She left her side and both monks continued their route in silence. Close to the monastery, the young monk could not stand it anymore and said, 'You shouldn't have carried that person on your back. It's against our rules.'
'This young woman needed help and I put her down on the other bank.
You didn't carry her at all, but she is still on your back,' replied the older monk.
Its when we are reluctant to listen that it becomes difficult I find. Its getting easier for me, but I have an ego, just like everyone else.. but its much.. different?... then it used to be.,. hard to describe.
In vajrayana Buddhism it is said that wisdom is inherent in emotions. When we struggle against our own energy we are rejecting the source of wisdom. Anger without the fixation is none other than mirrorlike wisdom. Pride and envy without fixation is experienced as equanimity. The energy of passion when it's free of grasping is discriminating awareness wisdom.
In bodhichitta training we also welcome the living energy of emotions. When our emotions intensify what we usually feel is fear. This fear is always lurking in our lives. In sitting meditation we practice dropping whatever story we are telling ourselves and leaning into the emotions and the fear. Thus we train in opening the fearful heart to the restlessness of our own energy. We learn to abide with the experience of our emotional distress.