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Hyo Jin Moon September 10, 2006 Belvedere Unofficial Notes: Joseph Kinney


Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 10 September 2006.

My ability to convey what was actually said is limited. These at most convey some sense of what Hyo Jin nim said and are not a verbatim record.

Joe Kinney


Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and Yun Na nim offer a bow. (Yun Na nim, Hyo Jin nim's wife, has been accompanying him every Sunday) (Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage)


Good morning.


Please sit down.


Do you feel awe when you see parents? (Some in the audience respond "Yes")


When do you feel awe?


Some young people are in awe if they are face-to-face with movie stars or something, a rich man, Bill Gates or somebody.


Let's say even if you walk into a palace. Let's say you live in a palace and you walk into your palace for the first time and your awed by the magnitude, everything to the extreme, great halls, great dining halls, great gathering halls, everything great great grand grand magnificent and you're awed by it because of that presence, that ambiance everything grand.


But let's say you live in it. How long do you think that awe will last? ...


Let's look at the opposite side. Let's say that you go to prison. You're awed by that uncertainty, that fear. But let's say that you have to live there and you have to survive in that opposite environment of living in a palace, by living in a hell hole for however long that you're sentenced. And what you have to face initially is that awe, that awe of uncertainty and when you transcend that, when in time what happens is just livelihood.


From that moment what's important is what is important to you in life itself.


So for instance, if we believe in religion and in you