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We in the West live in unique pockets of culture spiritual ideas and movements. Although your students have trained with you to arrive at a deep appreciation for this training to cultivate zen essence, can we actually effectively assist others using different vocabulary and ideas for training?

Buddhism has always taken the natural path as most important. In that sense it is an abundant teaching. That is why so many people are touched by Buddhism nowadays but the actual understanding is difficult at the beginning at times. In this modern world of freedom, the older and younger generation also cannot find a base to connect. They might speak, but have no way to really communicate. The values are different, so it is a challenge to really be connected nowadays. Yet if you take your time, it is possible to find where minds can meet. Going beyond words and sitting together is most important.

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