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What happens when no "thank you" is expected or demanded?
My mother used to say, "Don't get too holy by next Thursday." As long as you think there is some sort of brass ring or gold star for invol… ((more))
@federica -- @person pretty much nailed it.
PS. As an addendum, I am one of what I hope is a growing number of people who bridle every time they hear the phrase, "drugs and alcohol." Le… ((more))
During my first nine years of formal Zen practice, it was rare -- I mean really rare -- that anyone mentioned either "enlightenment" or "the precepts." At first, I was miffed that such heavy-duty Bud… ((more))
When I flunked out of a Zen monastery, it depressed the hell out of me. My sky-high aspirations were more full of poop than a Christmas turkey. I was a lousy student.
Looking back now, I see the a… ((more))