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is to continue doing this for as long as you and I are able to
continue doing it. It's what makes life
livable. I don't know who'll go first: me or you. If I go first,
I'll go with an enormous vault of
unasked, and with years of
unspoken. But if you go first, I don't know what I'll do. I can't
bear the thought.
"What will I do when you die?"
you occur for me
all people occur for each other, actually) could be said to be in
one of three
/ the "dude" you are (my generic
/ "dude" includes gal / "dudess"); second, the space
you are; third, the space I
for you (the latter is arguably
for each other). But when I say
"I love you",
the dude. And that's when I'm most likely to be met with a
cautionary response from very
people who seem to be trying to tell me there's something I don't
"People say 'You don't love him: you love the space he is' when I say I love you. I do love you. Are they amiss?"
You're a perpetual motion
Even when you're relaxed, it seems to me it's
purposeful. When I
you, I notice your perpetual motion is surprisingly (and
effortless. The adage "no pain, no gain" doesn't apply to you. With
you, it's "all gain, no pain" - and you've been living
24 / 7 / 365
for nearly forty seven years
amazing. There's no one else I know who comes even
so effortless, so restful, so relaxed, and yet so ongoingly
all at the same
at eighty two years old, you run people a quarter of
your age ragged!
"Everyone who knows you, knows you're always in action. How do you do that? Where does that start for you? What gets you out of bed in the morning? What drives you?"
like an explanation, just as you can
like an explanation. And we may or may not
it when you explain it to us ie when you
about it (and as we've seen, there's ample evidence we won't). But
if you deliver a
in which we can
for ourselves, we're likely to
it (and as we've seen, there's ample evidence we will).
"As the breakthrough of the est training was unleashed in confronting 'You are a machine!', what creates the space for the breakthrough of the Leadership Course?"
I'm tempted to
as the "sequel" to the
While this may be
linearly (inasmuch as it's
that it's the
you're offering after the
whether or not you actually
it to also be the abstract sequel ie the
sequel if you will - or if the two
are merely discontiguous offerings in the plethora of
"Am I accurate in describing the upcoming Mastery Course ("Being a Master of Life: What It Takes" - New York, April 2018) as the next iteration of your work after (ie as the sequel to) the Leadership Course? If not, how should I introduce it?"
and produced the
grand theatre that was the
in which its
(ie in which the
and produce the
detailed process (if I may call it that?) which is the
being a leader and
exercising leadership effectively,
as their natural
So I'm now contemplating what your method may be for imparting
in the upcoming
"As the breakthrough of the est training was unleashed in confronting 'You are a machine!', what creates the space for the breakthrough of the Mastery Course?"
each of us has the ability to
a future worth living
Failing that, there are a variety of
futures we live into
regardless: the probable almost certain
is one, the
we fear is another etc etc. It seems to me that we
are thrown to
a future we deem to be
worth living into,
because we've already determined the probable almost
won't be satisfying. And the thing is in the absence of
will ever be satisfying - and with
it's all satisfying.
"An acorn, not doing much, is likely to become a mighty oak tree. Is it good Zen for us to bet on that model apropos us becoming great? Or is that naïve?"
As I age
I'm pushing sixty eight ...) I notice gradual changes in the
efficiencies of my faculties - some of them mental, many of them
physical. Yet at this
or know, suggests there is or ever will be any
changes to the
I really am
or know, suggests that there'll ever be any
who we really
ie to what Prince Siddhārtha Gautama of
ie to what
nature, which you on various occasions, have distinguished as
you and I really are
ie as the
you and I really are.
"You say your memory isn't what it once was, yet how do you account for your voice being more powerful than it's ever been?"
One of the many things I respect about you is
to your ...
... as the foundation for all your
Generously, you credit anyone and everyone from whom you've
value ie anyone who has inspired you. Yet although you could
underline many of the
by relying on
others have justified them, you never do that.
passes the sniff test unless you yourself can
who you really are.
For me, that's the epitome of what it is to be a Zen
"You once said 'It's entirely appropriate for persons interested in est to be interested also in Zen', and you acknowledge Zen master Yamada Mumon Roshi as your friend. What is Zen? Are you a Zen master? Is the common interest still applicable in your work today?"
What are you
on now? In which direction are you going
What does your
like that you're currently throwing
over the wall?
Indeed, more to the
what does your
like that you're currently
throwing your hat
What are you seeing in the space made available in front of the
unleashed by the
(I suspect the direction in which you're going
will also be the direction in which we'll all be going
and is also be the direction in which
will eventually be going
"What's on your 'Doing Now' list? What are you currently generating that no one knows about that we can look forward to?"
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