Hyo Jin Moon April 29, 2007 7:00 am Belvedere, Tarrytown, NY
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Rev. Andrew Compton is the MC. All welcome Hyo Jin nim and offer a standing bow.
Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.
Let's talk about love.
What do you want to love? (Hyo Jin nim waits for an answer)
Say Something! (Laughter)
What do you want to love? (God)
You want to love God, what else? (Everybody)
I guess this is the kind of answer you'd expect in a religious setting, right?
What about people who are not religious?
What do you think that they want to love, money, fame, power, beauty?
And so I guess we all have our definition of love. It depends on a kind of tribal reality.
The particulars are obviously stressed.
That's kind of the basic difference in that make it difficult at times to unite everybody because a lot of us all around the world based on that kind of reality, tribal reality, what we value as love, the concept of it, it varies.
So when everybody knows love is good, however the value of love differs. There is obviously a potential for conflict, and that difference makes it difficult at times.
But certain things are fundamental regardless of how you may like a particular thing, desire a particular thing. One could translate that desire as the definition of love.
Certain particulars are universal. And anytime you talk about unity, we have to understand, if it exists, what that particular is. Otherwise we have no grounds for unification. There is no foundation. There is no basis.
So that recognition, if there is such a thing, that it should be the grounds in which we plant the seed. Otherwise it won't happen.
When you talk about love, who do you want to love; what kind of people do you want to love? Beyond the kind of material thing that we like to love if there is a type of people what kind of people do you want to love?
What type of people can we think about universally and have a kind of mutual understanding in the basis of whom you want to love? There has to be some kind of quality there.
It's very difficult to unite something unless you have that understanding unless you want to love something.
When you try to show love to your children, first of all there has to be a basis in which they can understand and they can reciprocate with you. That becomes the cause of understanding or realizing love.
What is that?
You can start with giving right? What kind of giving? Based on the level of understanding and maturity that is the first thing that teaches us of the concept of love.
It might start with the frivolous things for children because they're still immature. Their maturation level is relatively low, however it starts with giving.