When Yang-shan Hui-chi (807-883), as a young monk, paid a visit to the Ch'an master Hsing-k'ung, there was a monk who asked Hsing-k'ung:
-What is the meaning of the Patriarch's coming from the West?
This is another one of those jokes right? The one about the other guy being passive / aggressive. I mean it's difficult to tell. You know, to answer that question I would have to be drawn into a discussion with you about the woodsman's and your beliefs.
Oh ok, I don't know then. Often the word skeptic is used to describe hostility. I've met hostiles. And I've met and talked with skeptics who don't believe they are suffering - not all of them are skeptical about Buddhism, or religion, or ways of life in general. Some are skeptical about things like the social benefits of motor-sport.
crickets everywhere... noticed... then sat down and a young girl sat down with her dog... such a beautiful dog I say, "yes"... what si his name? "cricket"... so "oh, he is the cricket I've been seeing... hee hee hee"... when leaving she waved and smiled
I was looking for some smart assed replies to go back with. I’m like that. One up-man-ship and all that. Besides they all sound like such know it alls. They spout facts and science and tell us that anything else is bordering on superstition and the paranormal.
ok, if you want to turn to me in crisis, I will need to know just precisely what these "my beliefs" are which are causing your feelings of intimidation when you are inexorably drawn into a discussion about them. For instance, if you met a rabbit wearing breeches and a waistcoat, puffing on a pipe would you believe a word she said?
so got a joke from a friend this morning and it was a picture of Noahs ark and Moses was shaking his finger at the rabbit while all the other animals stood upside watching... and he was saying "Naughty rabbit, I can see what you've been up to" and you look and there is a bunch of bunnys behind him (which you sorta expect) but then you look closer and there are all kinds of animals on the deck and they all have bunny ears.