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FINGERS POINTING  -  BIRDS SIGNING

 

 

A collection compiled by Ron Flowers, co-author of the eBook “What Is?” (ronflowers@suddenlink.net

 

 

 

As was said by the ancient Chan Buddhists of China:

     Words are like fingers pointing at the moon -- don’t confuse the fingers for the moon!

     Words are like the chirping of birds – birds do not sing because they have an answer,

 they sing because they have a song! 

 

 

Death itself is nothing, but we fear

to be, we know not what, we know not where.

     Dryden

 

The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.

     Al-Ghazalt

 

No matter how alienated, separate, insignificant, and desperate we might feel at times, each of us represents the sum total of all existence, the universal network in its entirety, the Universal Mind itself… each of us has the potential to break through the limiting barriers, to expand his or her consciousness to encompass all of existence, and experience unity with the One Mind.

     Stanislav Grof

 

The basic Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist view of existence is that the Eternal Reality, the root and ground of Being, is always, at the very deepest level, you. And the feeling that you are not that; that you are a temporary individual, a skin-encapsulated ego, a mortal organism, is called Maya, or illusion.

     Alan Watts

 

Above the heavens,

Below the heavens,    

Only I, alone and sacred.

     Buddha, upon Enlightenment

 

Mans’ innermost consciousness is identical to the absolute and ultimate reality of the universe. Mind is what there is and all there is, spaceless and therefore infinite, timeless and therefore eternal, outside of which nothing exists.

     Ken Wilbur

 

Illumination means the realization that Illumination is not something to be attained.

     Hui Hai

 

When you see, see it direct! If a thought moves, it is gone!               Zen Master Dogo

 

A man who understands the Tao in the morning,

may die, without regret, in the evening.

     Confucius

 

If we have not found heaven within, it is a certainty we will not find it without.     Henry Miller

Unborn emptiness has let go of the extremes of being and non-being. Thus it is both the center itself and the central path. Emptiness is the track on which the centered person moves.

     Tsongkhapa

 

The thought is the thought of the thoughtless,

Your singing and dancing is no other than the voice of the Dharma.

     Hakuin

 

Those who dream of a great feast may weep the next morning. Those who dream of  weeping may enjoy the hunt the next day. While they dream, they do not know they are dreaming. They may even interpret their dreams while still dreaming. Only after they awake do they know it was a dream. By and by, there will be a great awakening; then we will know that this is all a great dream. All the while, the fools think they are awake, appearing to understand things, calling this man ruler and that man herdsman. How stupid! You and Confucius are both dreaming. When I say you are dreaming, I am dreaming too.

     Chuang-tzu

 

All beings are flowers

Blooming

In a blooming universe.

     Nakagowa Soen Roshi

 

We are equal beings and the universe is our relations with each other. The universe is made of one kind of entity; each one is alive, each determines the course of his own existence.

     Thaddeus Golas

 

Tozan to Kassan:  How are things?  Just as they are.

 

Existence is beyond the power of words to define:

Terms may be used, but are none of the absolute.

In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words,

Words came out of the womb of matter;

And whether a man dispassionately sees to the core of life, or passionately sees the surface,

The core and the surface are essentially the same,

Words making them seem different, only to express appearance..

If name be needed wonder names them both: From wonder into wonder, existence opens.

     Lao-tzu

 

Life itself is a disease with a very poor prognosis – it lingers on for years, and invariably ends in death.          C. C. Jung

 

The Gita gives two rules for the game: Do what you do, but do not be identified as the doer. Do what you do, but be not attached to the fruits of your actions.

     Ram Dass                   

 

The morning glory!  This too cannot be my friend.                     Basho

 

In the beginning, which is really no beginning … the will wants to know itself, and consciousness is awakened, and with the awakening of consciousness the will is split in two. The one will, whole and complete in itself, is now at once actor and observer. Conflict is inevitable; for the actor now wants to be free from the limitations under which he has been obliged to put himself in his desire for consciousness. He has in one sense been enabled to see, but at the same time there is something which he, as observer, cannot see.

     D. T. Suzuki

 

Awaken out of your thinking mind. Awaken out of the illusion of your separateness. Go into ‘nobody special’ training. And remember: you always have the choice of being either the victim or the creator. See the perfection of the teaching environment. Everything is grist for the mill.

     Ram Dass

 

From one point of view, each moment is so elusive and so brief that we cannot even think about it before it has gone. From another, this moment is always here, since we know no other moment than the present moment. It is always dying, always becoming past more rapidly than imagination can conceive. Yet at the same time it is always being born, always new, emerging just as rapidly from that complete unknown which we call the future.

     Alan Watts

 

You have only to be silent. To be silent is everything. Silence does not mean absence of speech, it means absence of thoughts. When the mind quiets down it becomes linked to the infinite. Don’t do anything, just sit and watch the flow of thoughts, just watch. This just watching dissolves thought by itself.          Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

     

The world is not to be put in order, the world is in order. It is for us to put ourselves in unison with this order.          Henry Miller

 

Coming, going, the waterfowl leaves not a trace,

Nor does it need a guide.

     Dogen

 

It’s not that the material world obeys a higher law, but that the patterning of matter is the law.

The beauty of the rose was not made by consciousness. The rose is consciousness.

     Alan Watts

 

At the beginning of this and every moment, each individual is God as the Clear Light; but by the end of this same moment – in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye - he winds up as an isolated ego. And what happens In Between the beginning and ending of this moment is identical to what happened in Between death and rebirth as described in the Bardo Thotrol…. The souls duty in this life is to remember.

     Ken Wilbur

 

We are in fact Dreamers in a dream called ‘reality,’ and we ‘show up’ in the dream to deny this fact and create drama and ‘suffering,’ or we ‘wake up’ in the dream to remember the truth of who we are and what is ‘going on.’

     Dr. Gregory Tucker

 

The time of death is every moment.                              T. S. Elliot

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Much suffering comes into the life of one who tries to be anywhere but here in the present moment.     Sujata

 

Truth has no special time of its own. It’s hour is now – always.          Albert Schweitzer

This dreaming deluded state, this ignorant state we are in, is the awakened state! There is no other state, no other shore, and nothing else to be realized.

     Dennis Genpo Merzel

 

If a man gives way to all his desires, or panders to them, there will be no inner struggle in him, no ‘friction’, no fire. But if, for the sake of attaining a definite aim, he struggles with the desires that hinder him –  he will than create a fire which will gradually transform his inner world into a single whole.

     Ouspensky

     

Ego is but a worrisome product of unmindful, wandering thoughts.

When powerful awareness is cultivated, we gladly learn that there is

no one who thinks – only thinking,

no one who walks – only walking,

no one who sees - only seeing,

and finally the great burden is dissolved.

     Sujata

 

See the sun in the midst of rain,

Scoop clear water from the heart of the fire.

     The Zenrin

 

Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.                         Jack Kornfield

 

Man always dies before he is fully born.                         Erick Fromm

 

Student to the 6th Zen Patriarch:  ‘Is it the flag that moves, or the wind?’

 ‘Neither – it is your mind’

 

Reality and your perception of it are one and the same - the experience of the universe by the universe.

     R. H. Blyth

 

As a sword cannot cut itself, as a finger cannot touch its own tip, Mind cannot see itself.

     The Lankavatara Sutra

 

Whenever I look for my true Self, all I find is objects of perception…. Thus the split, the space, between the ‘subject in here’ and the ‘object out there’ is a subtle illusion. The real Self does not know the universe form a distance, it knows the universe by being it, without the least trace of space intervening. And that which is spaceless is and must be infinite.

     Ken Wilbur

 

Do what you do with another human being, but never put them out of your heart.

     Ram Dass

 

Having no distinction, I am never lost.                         Ikkyyu

 

There are tree elements of Buddhahood: Emptiness, Oneness, and Uniqueness.

     Robert Aitken

 

The only real ‘you’ is the one that comes and goes, manifest and withdraws itself eternally in and as every conscious beings. For ‘you’ is the universe looking at itself form billions of points of view, points that come and go so that the vision is forever new. What we see as death, empty space , or nothingness is only the trough between the crests of this endlessly waving ocean. It is all part of the illusion that there should seem to be something to be gained in the future. Yet just as there is no time but the present, and no one except the all-and-everything, there is never anything to be gained – though the zest of the game is to pretend that there is.

     Alan Watts

 

Spiritually there are no others to help. So the highest services you can do for others is to work on yourself. Separate forms and beings exist only as long as you identify yourself with the body. The Realized Being does not see the world as different form himself. The Self is the one and only Reality.

     Ramana Maharshi

 

We are being dreamed. And when we awake, we’ll find there was no ‘others’ in the dream, and that there was no dreamer.

     Wei Wu Wei

 

You awaken from the dream not by trying to get rid of the ego, but by realizing you are the dreamer. Upon awakening the ego disappears, and so also the dreamer, and only the dreaming remains.    

 

Wei Wu Wei

     

I, Buddha, who wept with all my brother’s tears,

Whose heart was broken by a whole world’s woe,

Laugh and am glad, for there is liberty.

Ho! Ye who suffer!

Know ye suffer from yourselves, none else compels,

None other holds you that ye live and die

And whirl upon the wheel, and hug and kiss its spokes of agony,

Its tire of tears, its nave of nothingness.

     Buddhist text

 

In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.

     Albert Camus

 

Imagine instead of God the father, God the mother, and instead of blazing light, an unfathomable darkness     Alan Watts

 

Our state of apparent bondage is due to identification with an imaginary objectification of ‘I’. I become identified with my selves, and my selves are all sentient beings. Whenever we think or speak as from the object which we are illusorily identified we are thereby making an object of Subject. As long as we are identified with an object: that is bondage.

As long as we think, act, live via an object, or as an object: that is bondage.

     Wei Wu Wei

 

He quickens, but owns not. He acts, but claims not. Merit he accomplishes, but dwells not in it. Since he does not dwell in it, it will never leave him.

     Lao-tzu                   

 

He who knows does not speak. He who speaks does not know.          Lao-tzu

 

However deep your knowledge of the scriptures, it is no more than a strand of hair in the vastness of space; however important seeming your worldly experience, it is but a drop of water in a deep ravine.

     Tokusan    

 

That which is not seen by the eyes, but by which the eyes see, THAT, understand truly, is Brahman and not what the world worships.

     The Upanishad

 

Desires are fulfilled according to your level of awareness. When awareness is pure, every desire is fulfilled completely.

     Deepak Chopra

 

Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more: it is a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing….

Shakespeare

 

On the vast canvas of the Self, the picture of the manifold worlds is painted by the Self itself; and that Supreme Self seeing but itself, enjoys great delight.

     The Sankarscarya

 

How marvelous, how wonderful! All sentient beings are perfect and without flaw. It is only due to delusive attachments that the truth cannot be seen.

     Buddha

 

If it’s not good enough HERE-NOW then it’s never going to be good enough.

     Ram Dass

 

This separate and subjective ‘self,’ the ‘little man inside’ that supposedly looks out at the universe of objects, is obviously an illusion. Although I imagine it to be the subject which sees, knows, and feels the universe, it is in fact simply another object of perception. This ‘separate self’ is actually something which I can see, know, or at least be aware of. I feel I can look at myself, and yet anything at which I can look must be an object of perception. …The real Perceiver, the true Self, cannot be seen because it is doing the seeing.

     Ken Wilbur

 

Mind is always now. There is really no before and after for Mind. There is only a now that includes memories and expectations.

     Erwin Schroedinger

 

If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present. Our life has no end in just the same way in which our visual field has no limits.

     L.Wittgenstein

 

Enlightenment is the thunder and lightning discovery that the universe and oneself are not remote and apart, but an intimate palpitating Whole.

     D. T. Suzuki

 

There is no use for artificial and outward discipline – the inner and natural discipline is enough.

But what is the inner disciplines? In one word: acceptance – total acceptance. And acceptance can be only total because partial acceptance is just a contradiction in terms.

If you live – live! If your die – die! If you suffer – suffer! And then there is no problems and no anxiety and no anguish – and what freedom!

A Zen Master was once asked: It is terribly not, how shall we escape it? Why not go, answered the Master, to the place where it is neither hot nor cold? Where is that place? The Master laughed and said: In summer we sweat and in winter we shiver.

     Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

 

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.               Chuang-Tzu

                    

You are pure spirit – not matter. You are a very old being – not the body-mind. So why don’t we remember what we are? Because of our attachments to the physical plane of reality. Because of the power of our identification with our own body senses and thoughts.

     Ram Dass                   

 

A moment’s awareness is sufficient to reveal to us the fact that this ‘perpetual uncalculated life in the present’ is exactly the type of life that we are always leading anyway, whether we realize it or not. Mystical and eternal awareness of the Now-moment is in no way other than what you are already experiencing now. We ‘miss’ realizing this because we imagine that we should in some way try to get in touch with the Now-moment, as if it were something different from what we are already doing at THIS moment.

     Ken Wilbur

 

When there is no more separation between ‘this’ and ‘that,’ it is called the still-point of Tao. At the still-point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things. Right is infinite; wrong is also infinite.

     Chuang-tzu

 

We sit to express our Buddha nature, not to get it.                    Roger Walsh

 

To carry yourself forward and experience myriad things is delusion. But myriad things coming forth and experiencing themselves is awakening.

     Dogen

 

The mistake which we have made – and this, if anything, is the fall of man – is to suppose that that extra circuit, that ability to take an attitude toward the rest of life as a whole, is the same as actually standing aside and being separate form what we see.

     Alan Watts

 

In that place where you are pure Being, there is nothing to do and no place to go.

     Ram Dass

 

Mounting on high I begin to realize the smallness of Man’s Domain; Gazing into the distance I begin to know the vanity of the Carnal World. I turn my head and hurry home – back to the Court and Market, A single grain of rice galling – in the Great Barn.

     Po Chu-I

 

The universe is a self-surprising arrangement, so as to avoid the monotony and boredom of knowing everything in advance. And you and I have conspired with ourselves to pretend that we are not really God. But of course we are. We are all apertures through which the universe is looking at itself.

     Alan Watts

 

We must learn to reawaken and keep ourselves awake, not by mechanical aids, but by the infinite expectation of the dawn.

     Henry David Thoreau

 

Earth, mountains, rivers – hidden in this nothingness.

In this nothingness – earth, mountains, rivers revealed.

Spring flowers, winter snows;

There’s no being nor non-being, nor denial itself.

     Saisho

 

The stuff of the universe is mind stuff.                         Eddington

 

Among the tens of thousands of scriptures, the one to be most grateful for, the one where all the important points are made, is the Heart Sutra. According to this sutra, ‘The Lord Buddha declared, ‘Form is emptiness, emptiness is form. Matter and the spirit are one, but all is void. Man is not alive, is not dead, is unborn and undying, without old age and disease, without increase, and without decrease.’’

Masamobu Fukuoka

 

You’re not watching what’s happening, what’s happening is watching itself. …You’re standing on the bridge, looking down, watching yourself flow by.

     Ram Dass

 

To be aware is to be aware of thoughts, feelings, sensations, desires, and all other forms of experience. Never at any time are you aware of anything, which is not experience, not a thought or not a feeling, but is instead the experiencer, the thinker, or the feeler. If this is so, what makes us think that any such thing exists?

     Alan Watts

 

I know only one thing, that I know nothing.                         Socrates

 

Trees show the bodily form of the wind;

Waves give vital energy to the moon.

     The Zenrin

 

The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflection;

The water has no mind to receive their image.

     The Zenrin

 

Entering the forest he moves not the grass;              

Entering the water he makes not a ripple.

     The Zenrin

 

It is not just that satori comes quickly and unexpectedly, all of a sudden, for mere speed has nothing to do with it. The reason is that Zen is a liberation form time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.

     Alan Watts

 

Buddha’s ministry didn’t try to alleviate people’s physical suffering, but rather sought to liberate them from the root cause  of suffering - belief in a self, which leads to greed, hatred, and dilution, and sets up the whole wheel of Karma.

     Joseph Goldstein

 

The place where you are is the place from which you are always pretending you should be somewhere else.

     Alan Watts

 

It is the discriminating mind that nurtures such residual notions as ‘the meaning of life.’ If you are fully absorbed in what you are doing at each moment, where is there room for wondering about its’ meaning? The mystery of life is revealed through living it, not pondering over it.

     Philip Kapleau

 

Do whatever you want to do, but do it entirely.                    Rinzai

     

With realization, I stand resolute and alone in the universe, but also I stand one with the universe.

     Robert Aitken

 

What we seek is to forget the self in the act of uniting with something.         

Yamada Roshi

 

Zen mind means returning to original mind. To see the world as it is.

     Seung Sahn

 

It is fallacious to think that you simply move from birth to death. Birth, from the Buddhist point of view, is a temporary point between the preceding and the succeeding; hence it can be called birthlessness. The same holds for death and deathlessness. In life there is nothing more than life, in death nothing more than death: we are being born and are dying every moment.

     Dogen    

          

Zen is understanding myself – What am I? Zen is to see into your own essential nature and the essential nature of all beings and things.

     Seung Sahn

 

Buddhism is not a teaching. Its essence consists in a certain kind of experience, a transformation of consciousness, which is called awakening or enlightenment, that involves our seeing through or transcending the hoax of being a separate ego.

     Alan Watts

 

Had I not known that I was dead already, I would have mourned my loss of life.

     Ota Dokan’s death poem

 

Isness is so noble. No creature is so tiny that it lacks isness. If a caterpillar falls off a tree, it climbs up a wall to preserve its isness. So noble is isness.

     Meister Eckhart

 

Having the seed of Buddhahood is not the same as being Buddha from the beginning. We practice as Arhats or Bodhisattvas to realize what has always been true.

     Robert Aitken                   

 

My mind and yours already include all beings. They are already saved. Our task … is to realize that fact.

     Robert Aitken

 

Zen practice is of the greatest importance… It requires great faith, great courage, and great questioning.

     Soen-sa-nim

 

To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be enlightened by all things. – This traceless enlightenment is continued endlessly.

     Dogen

 

Without the nucleus there is no circle, without the circle, no nucleus. You are the nucleus, the circle of the universe. If you exist, the universe exists, and if you disappear, the universe likewise disappears. Everything is related and interdependent.

     Yasutani-roshi

 

Because I am, heaven overhangs and earth is upheld. Because I am, the sun and the moon go round. The four seasons come in succession, all things are born, because I am, that is, because of Mind.          Eisai-zenji

 

In knowing the world we humanize it.                         Alan Watts

 

All motion is perceived in relation to time.                         Dogen

 

BUDDHA is your mind and the way goes nowhere.

Don’t look for anything but this.

If you point your cart North when you want to go South,

How will you arrive?

     Ryōken

 

Our job is to participate joyfully in the sorrow of the world.               Joseph Campbell

 

Boredom always reflects not paying enough attention, not finding enough in each moment.

     Fritz Pearl

 

To tread the sharp edge of a sward;

To run on smooth-frozen ice,

One needs no footsteps to follow.

Walk over the cliffs with hands free.

     Wu Men Kan

 

There has never been a single thing. There is absolutely nothing which can be obtained. From first to last not even the smallest grain of anything perceptible has ever existed, or ever will.

     Huang Po

 

In this moment you are not born and you do not die. The you that is here now is never going to die, it will be an entirely different you who dies. 

     Alan Watts

 

I hear and behold God in every object.                         Walt Whitman

 

The sun in its course does not move,

Every time it seems to move,

It is a different sun

     Chinese Buddhist text

 

You struggle for years looking and when you finally find it – you’re right HERE again. You were HERE all the time and it’s such a cosmic joke, you’re struggling to get HERE.

     Ram Dass                   

 

Nobody is going anywhere. Nobody is coming from anywhere. We’re all HERE, in eternal time and space. Nothing is happening. We’re just caught in the delusion, being aware of it as illusion, and yet are in it…Go back far enough and you become one with the Godhead. You are God, you are the idea that lies behind the universe. You’re literally it.

     Ram Dass

 

In all our faculties or passions there is nothing which is absolutely good or bad; they are only notes which are wrong when played in the wrong places.

      Rabindranat Tagore

 

Silently a flower blooms,

In silence it falls away;

Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,

the whole of the flower, the whole of the world is blooming.

This is the talk of the flower, the truth of the blossom;

The glory of eternal life is fully shinning here.

     Zenkei Shibayama

 

Other people are mirrors of your own love. In reality there are no others, only the Self in other forms          Deepak Chopra

 

A cicada sings the whole day long,

But it is the silent firefly that burns itself with love.

     Anonymous

 

The sense of ‘I,’ which should have been identified with the whole universe of your experience, was instead cut off and isolated as a detached observer of that universe. But when you know for sure that your separate ego is a fiction, you actually feel yourself as the whole process and pattern of life. Experience and experiencer become one experiencing, known and knower one knowing.    

Alan Watts

 

There is no illusion, no deception when there is no desire, conscious or unconscious, for any experience of the kind, when one’s wholly indifferent to the coming and going of all experience, when one is not asking for anything.

     J. Krishnamurti

 

Yours is a world divided against itself, because the “I” in you is so divided. Yours is a world of barriers and fences, because the “I” in you is one of barriers and fences. Some things it would fence out as alien to itself. Some things it would fence in as kindred to itself. Yet that outside the fence is ever breaking in; and that within the fence is ever breaking out.

     Mikhail Naimy

 

Do not believe in anything because it is spoken and rumored by many.

Do not believe in traditions because they have been handed down for many generations.

Do not believe in anything merely on the authority of your teachers and elders.

But after observations and analysis, when you fund that anything agrees with reason, and is conducive to the good and benefit of one and all, then accept it and live up to it.

     The Buddha

 

Every view we take of the world is simply one way of looking at things, and there are infinite ways of looking.

     Alan Watts

 

Nothing is greater than the Person; he is the supreme, he is the ultimate goal.

     The Upanishad

 

Buddha did not teach Buddhism, but the Dharma – the truth he had experienced, and the method for seeing it for oneself. Everyone can become a Buddha; can become ‘the awakened one’.

     Alan Watts

 

If you could stand back far enough and watch the whole process you would see you are a totally determined being. The very moment you will wake up is totally determined. How long you will sleep is totally determined. What you will hear of what I say is totally determined. There are no accidents in this business at all. Accidents are just from where you’re looking. To the ego, it all looks like miracles and accidents. No miracles, no accidents. It’s just your vantage point that you’re sort of stuck in.

     Ram Dass

 

One who may die, but will not perish, has life everlasting.

For we die when we lose our physical life, we parish when we miss our humanity.

And humanity is the Dharma of human beings.

Let us die, and yet not parish.

     Lao-tzu

 

Don’t you see, life is a game, an exquisite game

     Herman Hess

 

Remember always: in love – you are always wrong. You are always responsible, and need to change yourself. The other is always right.

     Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

 

There was of philosopher, Van Der Loo, who once said that the mystery of Life is not a problem to be solved but a reality to be experienced, and that mystery, that deep deep,ever so deep thing which is before all worlds, is you,  the unrecognized self.

     Alan Watts

 

Everybody wants to be free. To be free you have to know the truth. Real freedom is to embrace everything and dwell in everything, but be caught by nothing.

     Joshu Sasaki

 

 

Since, in truth, bondage and freedom are relative, these words are only for those terrified with the universe. This universe is a reflection of minds. As you see many suns in water from one sun, so see bondage and liberation.

     Zen Master Rinzai                   

 

Feel the conscious of each person as your own. So, leaving aside concern for self, become each being.      Zen Master Rinzai

 

The first step on the way to freedom is to realize that the self has no reality. After that it is not hard to shed the desires the self clings to.

     The Buddha              

 

If you want to know the truth; I’ll tell you the truth – You don’t exist!          Frank Flowers

 

At some point you experience an increasing awareness that part of you has been party to determining the way it is. (You see that we are all each others karma, and then you realize there is no karma, no others, no self – only the one.)

     Ram Dass

 

All that needs to be experienced for cosmic consciousness is already present, and anything in excess of this is obstructive and redundant.

     Alan Watts

 

The goal and the path are one.                              Dogen

 

The real is near, you do not have to search for it; and a man who seeks truth will never find it. Truth is in what is – and that is the beauty of it. But the moment you conceive it, the moment you seek it, you begin to struggle; and a man who struggles cannot understand. That is why we have to be still, observant, passively aware.

     J. Krishnamurti

 

The butterfly counts not days but moments, 

And has time enough.

     Rabindranath Tagore

 

When Zen masters meet each other on the road, they need no introduction.

When thief meet they recognize each other instantly.

     Zen Saying

 

Without the bitter the sweet is never as sweet.                    Dana

 

Sooner murder an infant in its cradle than nurse un-acted desires.          William Blake

 

You can understand reincarnation only when you have Awakened to the Infinite Paradox of your Real Existence. In one sense there is reincarnation, and in another there is no such process. Likewise, there are individual beings, all the relations of those beings, and the infinity of the phenomena of the world, but, on the other hand, there is nothing but an Unqualified Fullness. There is multiplicity, and there is a Oneness that is No-Thingness. Therefore, the final descriptions of your existence are full of paradoxes. Ultimately you must become speechless.

     Da Avabhasa

 

The whole dance of my life is the training in which the universe is teaching me things which are bringing me toward the One.

     Ram Dass

 

Who sees variety and not the unity wanders on from death to death.     The Upanishads

 

When you stop talking to yourself and are simply aware of what is, what you sense, you suddenly find that the past and the future have completely disappeared. So also have the so-called differentiation between the knower and the known, the subject and the object, the feeler and the feeling. They just are not there, because you have to talk to yourself to maintain those things.         

Alan Watts

 

Around us are pseudo-events, to which we adjust with a false consciousness, adopted to see these events as true and real, and even as beautiful.

     R. D. Laing

 

Perfect does not mean perfect actions in a perfect world, but appropriate actions in an imperfect one.    

R. H. Blyth

 

The epitome of the human realm is to be stuck in a huge traffic jam of discursive thought.

     Chogyam Trungpa

 

You posses only that which will not be lost in death; all else is illusion – even the possessor, because that too will not be able to stand the final shipwreck.

Then find out what is left. Turn in and meditate. Discard all that is vulnerable to death. Say: Not this, not that, and go deep to the point where nothing more remains to be discarded – and the illumination.

     Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

 

Your ego is a set of thoughts that define your universe. It’s like a familiar room built of thoughts; you see the universe through its windows. You are secure in it, but to the extent that you are afraid to venture outside, it has become a prison.

     Ram Dass

 

The intelligent man who is proud of his intelligence is like the condemned man who is proud of his large cell.

     Simone Weil

 

Don’t side with yourself.                                   Bankei

 

Enlightenment for a wave is the ocean, is the moment the wave realizes it is water.

     Thich Nhat Hanh

 

When there is no place that you have decided to call your own,

then no matter where you go, you are always heading home.

     Muso Soseki

 

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities; in the expert’s mind there are few.

     Shunryu Suzuki

 

For whatever a man may do, he does it in order to annihilate time.          Broch

 

We are symptomatic of our universe. We are what it is doing. We are the little wiggles at the outer edge of the expanding big bang. The ancient is in us. When you realize that all the stars in the night sky, that all the universe, is ‘you’, then you know that you will never die.

     Alan Watts

 

Practice has to be a process of endless disappointment. We have to see that everything we demand (and even get) eventually disappoints us. This discovery is our teacher.

     Charlotte Joko Beck

 

Even death is not to be feared by those who lived wisely.               The Buddha    

     

Each time there is a desire there is another birth. You plant wantingness, wanting to do something, wanting to grasp something. Then that desire to grasp also invites something further. Birth here means the birth of further confusion, further dissatisfaction, further wanting.

     Chogyam Trungpa

 

Who was born first, you or the world? As long as you give first place to the world, you are bound by it, but once you realize beyond all trace of doubt that the world is in you and not you in the world, you are out of it.       Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj

 

In America, you think that freedom is being able to choose, but true freedom is freedom from having to choose.

     J. Krishnamurti

 

You live in illusion and the appearance of things. There is a Reality. You are the Reality. When you understand this, you will see that you are noting. And being nothing, you are everything.

     Kalu Rinpoche

 

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.               John Keats

 

I maintain that the cosmic religious feeling is the strongest and noblest motive for scientific research.

     Albert Einstein

 

God is a thought; God is an idea, but its reference is to something that transcends all thinking.

     Joseph Campbell

 

The mind is immaterial and immaculate, with radiant awareness. Neither coming nor going, it pervades all time; neither inside nor outside, it permeates all space.

     Kuei-feng

 

All things are artificial, for nature is the art of God.                    Thomas Browne

 

The God whom science recognizes must be a God of universal laws exclusively. A God who does a wholesale, not a retail business. He cannot accommodate his processes to the convenience of individuals.

     William James

 

 

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

     Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Self-consciousness is not the subjects awareness of itself – but it is the subject-objects’ awareness of itself. For the knower never knows himself, but only what he knows

Alan Watts

 

Man is free to the extent that he realizes his genuine self to be the author and origin of nature.

     Alan Watts

 

Mind itself has no form What is it, then, that hears and works and moves about?

     Bassin

 

There is nobody inside; Eating exists, dressing exists, walking exists, ego does not.

     Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

 

An animal is all unconscious – it has no conscious mind. A Buddha is all conscious – he has no unconscious mind. Both are innocent and of one mind, but they are not the same. Man is both conscious and unconscious, divided, a split being. Suicide and boredom are not possible with animals or Buddhas – only with man and his worrying minds. Be alert, aware, non-thinking. Bring the unconscious up until it is no more. All relationships are a sharing in which you are not there.             ? J. Krishnamurti

 

A person is neither a thing or a process but an opening through which the Absolute can manifest.

     Martin Heidegger

 

The first step in Zen practice is to realize that you are the being who unifies the world. To unify everything is to have the possibility of dwelling in everything without any exception….You are open to the possibility of loving the whole universe and all that dwells there in.

     Joshu Sasaki Roshi

 

So long as we deal with the cosmic and the general, we deal only with the symbols of reality; but as soon as we deal with private and personal phenomena as such, we deal with realities in the completest sense of the term.