The words of truth are always paradoxical. To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
Nothing to do, nothing to force, nothing to want--and everything happens by itself.
Ven. Lama Gendun Rinpoche
Form is emptiness; emptiness is form. Form is not other than emptiness. Emptiness is not other than form.
The Heart Sutra
Tao is the source of both fullness and emptiness. But it is itself neither fullness nor emptiness.
We do not ‘come into’ this world. We come out of it as leaves from a tree. As the ocean ‘waves,’ the universe ‘peoples.’
Behold the one in all things. It is seeing the second that leads you astray.
Know yourself as me. Just as one sees himself as two when reflected in a mirror, so do you appear as “you” and “I.” But, in reality, we are One.
There exists just the One mind.
No divinity if not One divinity.
From a distance, it is something. From nearby, it is nothing.
Jean de LaFontaine
Nothing can be created out of nothing.
Do not mistake the pointing finger for the moon.
Wei Wu Wei
The way is One and only One. The way is close at hand, but men seek it afar.
The way is a Void...used but never filled. An abyss it is like an ancestor from which all things come.
Tao te Ching
Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub. It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Advantage is had from whatever is there, but usefulness rises from what is not.
Tao te Ching
Ripeness is all.
Beyond the belief that something can be lost, there is nothing to lose.
Why do you weep? The Source is within you and this whole world is spring up from it.
Everything is emptiness. Everything else, accidental. Emptiness brings peace to your loving. Everything else, disease. In this world of trickery, emptiness is what your soul wants.
What is the most hold Truth? asked Emperor Wu.
Vast emptiness. No holiness. replied Bodhidharma
At the end of the road is freedom. Until then, have patience.
If thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Because the Beloved wants to know, unseen things become manifest. Hiding is the hidden purpose of creation.
The one that you are looking for is the same one who is doing the looking.
St. Francis of Assisi
Change is an illusion because we’re always at the place where any future can take us.
I have put duality away. I have seen the two worlds are one.
Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and ugly in us but to hide our own emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.
To arrive at being everything, desire to be nothing.
St. John of the Cross
Out beyond the ideas of right-doing and wrong-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.
Thou are the seer of thyself.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark.
The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
Everything must be lost so that the soul can stand alone in unhampered nothingness.
I am a little pencil in God’s hand. He does the writing. The pencil has nothing to do with it.
The absolute is a sphere whose center is nowhere and whose circumference is everywhere.
Eternal nothingness is fine if you happened to be dressed for it.
Once you have seen the face of God, you see the same face on everyone you meet.
You will get to your maturity quickly if you stay in the nothingness.
The eye with which I see God is the same eye that God sees me.
This very body is the buddha. This very place is the lotus paradise.
We can see the drop in the ocean, but can we see the ocean in the drop?
Do not attribute duality to God. All existence is God and nothing is outside of God.
Rabbi Moses Cordovero
Life is one indivisible whole.
Do your duty and leave the rest to heaven.
Actions themselves form no bondage. Bondage is only the false belief,“I am the do-er.”
Securities, certitudes and peace do not lead to discoveries.
The truth shall make you free.
Sour, sweet, bitter, pungent. All must be tasted.
A Chinese Proverb
Things are not worth attending to, yet they have to be attended to.
Each one’s destiny cannot be altered.
I’m looking at myself, reflections of my mind.
a song by the Moody Blues
We are what we think, having become what we thought.
We are like one in water crying out “I thirst!”
Zen Master Hakuin
It is all only a great game of pretending.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.
Edgar Allan Poe
In the beginning was the Word and the word was with God and the Word was God.
Gospel of St. John. 60 AD
In the beginning was Brahman with whom was the Word and the Word was truly the supreme Brahman.
It takes just such painful and terrible things to occur for the great emancipation to take place.
Great doubt--great awakening Small doubt--small awakening. No doubt--no awakening.
A Zen saying
Renounce attachment to the fruits of your actions and reach enlightenment.
Joy, anger, grief, delight, worry, regret, modesty, insolence-- let them be.
Without them, you would not exist. Without you, they would have nothing to take hold of.
You cannot pick a flower without troubling a star.
A Sufi saying
When a man sees the one in all things, he is above mere understanding.
The greatest obstacle to enlightenment is getting past your delusion that you are not already enlightened.
Perform the duties of life without attachment.
A good horse runs with seeing just the shadow of the whip.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
People sleep and, when they die, they awake.
For all that has been,“Thanks!” For all that will be,“YES!”
I went from god to god until they cried from me in me, “Oh, thou I!”
Bayazid of Bistun
My “me” is God nor do I recognize any other “me” except my God himself.
St. Catherine of Genoa
It is not so much that you are within the cosmos but that the cosmos is within you.
The question is not what I should do in the future to get it, but rather, what am I presently doing that prevents me from realizing it right now?
Everything is perfect in being what it is. It has nothing to do with good or bad.
The Self, though one, takes the shape of every object in which It dwells.
Everything that happens, happens as it should.
Never the Spirit is born; never the time when It was not.
A Sioux prayer
The game is not about becoming somebody. It is about becoming nobody.
Life should be lived as a play.
Human life is an endless illusion.
Every man is divinity in disguise. It is God playing the fool.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
It does not matter much what happens.
It is always now.
Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakens.
And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.
I love talking about nothing. It’s the only thing that I know anything about.
If you gaze into the abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.