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8 years ago  ::  Oct 13, 2007 - 7:51PM #1
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An apocrypha seen on a curled piece of paper tacked to the kitchen door at the Insight Meditation Society during a three month retreat in 1977:

The Hard Sutra

Thus have I heard. At one time the Blessed One was staying at Savatthi,
in Jetavana, Anathapindika's Park. "Monks," the Blessed One addressed
the community of monks. "Yes, Blessed One," the monks replied. The
Blessed one stated: "Monks, there is but one way to learn and that is the
hard way. Do not be deceived." The monks rejoiced at the Blessed One's

A Zen Cohen
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8 years ago  ::  Oct 16, 2007 - 12:13AM #2
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Ah, quite an interesting read if you think about it.

It's absolutely accurate. Learning comes with failure which brings about the "hard way", suffering. But obviously being deceived, making mistakes, none of us can avoid it without liberation. Deception is unfortunately a powerful part of human life. But thought, meditation, and especially a struggle, I feel, brings one closer to the ultimate. Our effort keeps the false at bay.
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