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To Walk Unmasked

--by Sir John Wilson (Jun 20, 2005)


To have tried on every mask and eventually to have confidence to walk unmasked.

Having experienced many places to appreciate, in its infinite variety, one's own place.

To achieve for one's dependents and oneself, an adequacy but to recognize its transitoriness and to hold possession lightly.

Having explored the potential of temperament and mind to be able to maximize that potential and to harmonize its power into a way of equanimity.

From various experience and study, to crystallize principles of conduct and judgement without losing the curiosity of the seeker nor the zest for enlightenment.

Despite failure to retain hope and the capacity for new enchantment.

To fear neither life nor death and, whilst seeking mitigation of suffering, to accept the inevitability of loss.

To revere beauty and art without being obsessed by them and to recognize a supremacy of the art of human understanding.

To feel the inter-relationship of all living things with compassion for all humanity.

Having explored love to have found with one person, in humour and grace, the limit of understanding and fidelity; yet to recognize without fear the aloneness of one's individual being and to respect that aloneness in others.

To despise no manifestation of love.

To see the compassionate face and active force of God in every religion, and having chosen one way, to approach holy ground there -- in the uncertain light of inadequate understanding -- to see the majesty of [all].

--Sir John Wilson

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On Jul 12, 2008 Bello wrote:
man is equal to his ability to identify others in mask

On Jul 12, 2008 Bello wrote:
wearing of maskk is the best way to attack

On Jun 12, 2006 Nipun wrote:

Balance "An educated mind is one that can entertain any thought without accepting it" Aristotle Sitting for meditation is a process of unmasking (the senses) The latin translation for 'mask' is 'persona' What would we be if we took off all our masks? Seems more crucial to be conscious that we are wearing masks than to necessarily take them off. We often put our own masks on each other. In Japan in the Kabuki theater, the actors both act and wear masks. This engages the audience to use their imagination to understand the play. "If you stop looking for roses, there are no thorns" U.G. Krishnamurti When learning something, it seems to sink in better if we accept it, but we don't grasp too hard on the knowledge itself. mind always sees things in two ways: peel off layers until you arrive at what is unmasked or just be here now, start behaving as if there's no mask and letting that realization sink in its roots and develop. Both ap  See full.

  • Balance
  • "An educated mind is one that can entertain any thought without accepting it" Aristotle
  • Sitting for meditation is a process of unmasking (the senses)
  • The latin translation for 'mask' is 'persona'
  • What would we be if we took off all our masks?
  • Seems more crucial to be conscious that we are wearing masks than to necessarily take them off.
  • We often put our own masks on each other.
  • In Japan in the Kabuki theater, the actors both act and wear masks. This engages the audience to use their imagination to understand the play.
  • "If you stop looking for roses, there are no thorns" U.G. Krishnamurti
  • When learning something, it seems to sink in better if we accept it, but we don't grasp too hard on the knowledge itself.
  • mind always sees things in two ways: peel off layers until you arrive at what is unmasked or just be here now, start behaving as if there's no mask and letting that realization sink in its roots and develop. Both approaches are effective.
  • "It's not the masks we wear, but our actions which define us" Batman
  • How do you recognize that you are playing all these roles?
  • A friend said today "Imagination is the basis of compasssion"
  • Is it possible to be honest while wearing masks?
  • "When I go away, something else will come in" Kabir
  • A thought heard recently "Culture came out of a need to invoke common ideas so we could all live together."
  • The difference between trying to be, and just being.
  • During these wednesday conversations, generally I'm intently listening, trying to learn. But as the mask gets closer, especially the last two people, my attention gets phases out.
  • "The ultimate feat is to unmask when there is no mask" Ragunath

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