Saturday, April 24, 2010

without notes

On Zen Forum International, PeterB wrote that Ajahn Chah forced (the Forest Monks training with him) "to find their own voices by making them extemporise at length without notes."

What a great thing to do!

What a great thing to do for ourselves!

To stop relying on or referring to others as a means of saying what we have to say. Of course, there are plenty of people who spout bits of wisdom and ignorance without ever being aware of or crediting the source.

But to look over what it is we take seriously and then speak from the heart without reference to anything other than our hearts ... well, you could be wrong or might be castigated, but at least it would be honest.

Honesty counts.

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