So much fear and desire come from that commitment to 'I am'--to being somebody. Eventually they take us to anxiety and despair; life seems much more difficult and painful than it really is. But when we just observe life for what it is, then it's all right: the delights, the beauty, the pleasures are just that.
Ajahn Sumedho, "Seeing the Way"
On the basis of the belief that all human beings share the same divine nature, we have a very strong ground, a very powerful reason, to believe that it is possible for each of us to develop a genuine sense of equanimity toward all beings.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, "The Good Heart"
The right attitude for studying the way is just complete spontaneous acquiescence. Who cares whether it takes twenty or thirty years; you'll be naturally at peace, without the slightest bit of doubt or confusion. How can there be any obstruction again after spontaneous acquiescence? How can anyone arrive by way of externals?
April 9, 2009
Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors
was a favorite site of mine..now an adobe document
everything is transitory
Willie Wonka quotes..
What is this Wonka, some kind of funhouse?
Why? Are you having fun?
A little nonsense now and then is relished by the wisest men.
We are the music makers, we are the dreamers of dreams
April 9, 2009
I LOVE this thread! 😀
Thank you BornAquarius!
"No coming, no going,
No after, no before.
I hold you close,
I release you to be free;
I am in you
And you are in me."
Thich Nhat Hanh, from the book "no death, no fear"
(just opened the book and saw the above ;))
Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen... - Zbigniew Brezhinsky
A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Zen is not thought, the path has no achievement; yet if not thought it is not Zen, and without achievement, it is not the path. At this point, where do you arrive? When you have cut through your conceptual faculty, how do you discriminate? When you do not fall into consciousness, how do you approach? As soon as you get into the clusters and elements, youre already a lifetime away.