Me: “I do not understand how you believe all this crap.  When I read these Sutra’s or really the vast majority of wisdom teachings, it all has some beautiful essence but it’s all so hard to understand and so ridiculous, advising me to do these things I could never do, none of us could. I’m never gonna get thru all this stuff, some of it is just madness”

Monk:  “My white friend, don’t take any wisdom teachings literally.. instead treat them like a sunrise, notice their beauty and the parts of them that make up the whole… when you watch a sunrise it’s so beautiful you often don’t notice what it’s rising above… when wisdom rises, the literal interpretations that make no sense are just the scene from which the sun is rising from.. only pay attention to the sun”