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May 12, 2004, 4:22 PM
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The Barking Dogs
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Approval, affirmation, someone saying you’re right, you’re on the right track, you’re doing the right thing is how we learn. The hard point is that none of us will ever really be satisfied with somebody else’s standard of practice. We don’t have their imperative, their death, their life, but we do have our own. When we trust that, we can’t go wrong. Dogen reminds us not to be swayed by criticism either: We know that there are dogs that bark at good people. Don’t worry about those barking dogs, and don’t resent them either. It is better to say to them, “You beasts, awaken your Buddha-seeking mind!

I like the idea of not worrying about the barking dogs and not resenting them...Do you really think that it's worthwhile to give 'the barking dogs' feedback, though? Is it better to just block out the barking and leave them to their own path and perceptions?


May 12, 2004, 4:43 PM
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everybody has an opinion, whether you agree or is theirs and it is their right to have it just like we have ours.

my practice has become to smile and say nothing....acknowledge them but never confront or antagonize or disagree or even's their opinion, their thoughts - and i have the same right to mine.

i've been under a huge amount of criticism over the years - and wisdom just teaches me to draw from the warrior experience........take a deep breath in and release it, along with any negative thoughts - and the feedback goes along with it.

let them can just smile and be the best you that you can be and be happy with that........that's all that really matters.

with me - i have my life partner (and of course MY DAWG).....i have their support and love - and as long as i have that - i have everything. besides, when we confront the barkers, sometimes - they can bite.

i'm older so i don't heal as well as i used to - best to just let them bark away.

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