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Hyo Jin Moon December 24, 2006 7:00 am Belvedere

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 24 December 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. Hyo Jin nim's website is: To see two of the projects that Hyo Jin nim is working on log on to: and Joe Kinney

Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a bow.

(Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage. He places a small notebook on the podium.)

Good morning.

This is the holiday season. Is it supposed to be a happy occasion?

The topic is happiness.

When do we feel happy?

Help me out here. (Asking for responses from the audience)

(When our desire is fulfilled, when we are with people we love, when our kids are with us)

That's true, all those things.

Happiness begins with life itself, right?

When you see children just feeling life as they start to walk and run and see the open field and they want to run. They have a clear blue sky and it makes them happy like a little colt.

All those things, just life, in life itself you can start to find out what basic happiness is all about; then comes the phases of growth, and finding the meaning of life. Understanding the meaning of life becomes more important than the actual physical give and take. That is very necessary for us, however the meaning of life and that understanding, finding the meaning of life becomes more relevant as we inspire. Because life itself is about growth. It's perpetual growth. It's constant growth.

We have to learn, we will learn whether we like it or not, one way or another about the greater meaning of God and the will of God, the love of God. Because understanding the essence of God's love is a life-long journey, and I don't think that it ends there. That's what we're taught that we will forever eternally have a relationship with God and in the Divine relationship there is something called True love that we offer each other, because the meaning of love to me is offering.