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Your Wish List

Hyo Jin Moon July 22, 2007 Belvedere, 7:00 am

Here are my notes from Hyo Jin nim's speech Sunday 22 July 2007. 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 Yeon Ah nim and offer a standing bow.

Hyo Jin nim bows to the audience as he approaches the stage.

A thousand more of these and twenty years will pass, right? (Laughter)

How are you doing? (OK)

Sometimes I want to say something, but there are too many young people here so I have to kind of hold it back.

If you have a wish list, what is it?

Do you have a wish list?

If you do have a wish list obviously you're going to have some kind of practical anchor or something. You've thought of some kind of practical anchor, something that is based on reality, because not every reality is our wish.

Even a drunkard can say "I wish for world peace." Is that world peace? That is not world peace.

There is a wish list, so what is your wish list? And what is your practical reality that you're trying to anchor yourself into? Because unless that is clear you're just going to be floating around, and get lost at times.

That has to be the kind of fundamental thing that you always question yourself, because if you don't others will do it for you. In the end you are responsible. People will say "Hey you have to be responsible for your consequences; that is the nature of responsibility."

You can talk about responsibility in religious terms, social terms, but there's consequences and it can be severe at times.

No body likes to go to jail right? Do you want to go to jail? (No) Have you been to jail? (One member responds "yes.") OK good for you. (Laughter)

Because it's a great experience. Now don't.. don't... I shouldn't talk like this to you. (Laughter)