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" Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver. "
" In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way. "
" The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination. "
" I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. "
" I owe my solitude to other people. "
" So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing. "
" The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance. "
" In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all. "
" But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us. "
" A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world. "
" You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean. "
" The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens. "
" To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float. "
" Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. "
" Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. "
" The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present. "
" So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself. "
" The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity. "
" We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us. "
" We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. "
" Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. "
" And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment. "
" Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command. "
" If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly. "
" What the devil is the point of surviving, going on living, when it's a drag? But you see, that's what people do. "
" Wars based on principle are far more destructive... the attacker will not destroy that which he is after. "
" Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know. "
" But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be. "
" But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful. "
" Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations. "
" The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. "