Alan Watts Remix, Krishna Backup Refrain, Cindy Sheehan’s Call to Arms, PopeBlog


 ~ Alan Watts Remix:

"The believer will open his mind to the truth on condition that it fits in with his preconceived ideas and wishes.
Faith, on the other hand, is an unreserved opening of the mind to the truth, whatever it may turn out to be.
Faith has no preconceptions; it is a plunge into the unknown.
Belief clings, but faith lets go. In this sense of the word, faith is the essential virtue of science,
and likewise of any religion that is not self-deception," fr. "The Wisdom Of Insecurity."

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes.
Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.

We identify in our experience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.

The relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible
without loving everything defined as other than yourself.

Underneath the superficial self, which pays attention to this and that, there is another self more really us than I. 

You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.

The trouble is, that we have one-sided minds, and we notice the wave of life when it is at its peak or crest. 

And the more you become aware of the unknown self – if you become aware of it –
the more you realize that it is inseparably connected with everything else that is.

I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.

Well actually, when you look out there and see all these people and things sitting around,
that's how it feels inside your head.  
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.

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.

So then, in Buddhism, change is emphasized. 

You must understand as one of the fundamental points of Buddhism, the idea of the world as being in flux. 

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.

The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.

“The more we try to catch hold of the present moment the more elusive it
becomes. It is like trying to clutch water in ones hands. The harder we
grip, the more it slips through our fingers.”

Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize
that they are one and the same process as the universe.

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.

what I think we could aim for in the way of human civilization and culture would be a system
in which we are all highly aware of our existing interconnection and unity with the whole domain of nature,
and therefore do not have to go to all sorts of wild extremes to find that union. 

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.

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 attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.

Faith is a state of openness or trust.

And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.

The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.

the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.

nothing – the negative, the empty – is exceedingly powerful.

Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by some kind of cosmic lawgiver.

Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.

My metaphysics, let me be perfectly frank with you, are that there the central self,
you can call it God, you can call it anything you like, and it's all of us. 

Buddhism is not saying that the Self, the great Atman, or whatnot,
it isn't denying that the experience which corresponds to these words is realizable.

Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.

If you awaken from this illusion, and you understand that black implies white, self implies other,
life implies death – or shall I say, death implies life – you can conceive yourself. 

reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.

"The only Zen you'll find on mountain tops is the Zen you bring up there with you."

 ~ Krishna from The Bhagavad Gita:

It is better to strive in one’s own dharma than to succeed in the dharma of another.
Nothing is ever lost in following one’s own dharma. But competition in another’s dharma breeds fear and insecurity.

He alone sees truly who sees the Lord the same in every creature…seeing the same Lord everywhere,
he does not harm himself or others.

As long as you have attachment to the body and attachment to objects, fear and suffering will be with you.
Therefore, Krishna told Arjuna to develop his discrimination and rid himself of body consciousness.
He told him that once he was free of body consciousness he would be able to develop integral vision.

The awakened sages call a person wise when all his undertakings are free from anxiety about results.

Abandon all attachment to the results of action and attain supreme peace.

J.C. :
I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine,
you did for me.

now on


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