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" But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is. "
" Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them. "
" Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. "
" If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly. "
" You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes. "
" 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. "
" The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present. "
" Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know. "
" The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe. "
" So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level. "
" The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention. "
" Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth. "
" 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. "
" No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. "
" How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god. "
" No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. "
" Saints need sinners. "
" The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity. "
" Faith is a state of openness or trust. "
" Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver. "
" But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us. "
" The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible. "
" 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. "
" Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe. "
" But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything. "
" Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it. "
" We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain. "
" You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you. "
" 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. "
" The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile. "
" We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us. "