The most difficult thing about Enlightenment is that it is too simple.
It is NEVER too late to say thank you, and you never know what your show of appreciation will lead to as the “cycle of gratitude” continues.
People who aren’t confused about virtue don’t have to go looking or asking for it, because they know that virtue exists within themselves.
Through nondoing, / nothing is left undone. / To give up everything / is to gain the universe.
As you are, right here at this moment, it is—effortless enlightenment. There’s no getting anywhere or not getting anywhere…. Hesitate, and it’s lost; waver, and it draws further away.
Where gayety was infrequent, the simplest amusements had the perfume of heavenly joy. Where the surroundings were rural, and life monotonous, any beam that shone upon them precious…. Small events were full of poetry, and the glory of the spirit lay over all.
You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
While with an eye made / quiet by the power / Of harmony, and the deep / power of joy, / We see into the life of things.
The most important thing is not to get trapped in what I see everywhere in the West, a “shopping mentality”: shopping around from master to master, teaching to teaching, without any continuity or real, sustained dedication to any one discipline. In Tibet we used to say: “knowing one, you accomplish all.” The modern faddish idea…
Could we change our attitude, we should not only see life differently, but life itself would come to be different. Life would undergo a change of appearance because we ourselves had undergone a change of attitude.
The difference between reality and unreality is that reality has so little to recommend it.
Begin; to begin is half the work. Let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.
Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you. Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late. You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.
It should be expected that we will find wonder in a vast mountain landscape, but it is a more serious challenge to find wonder in a hill. It is a great achievement to find it in a molehill.
This matter of two sides to every question is bad logic and bad practice: sometimes there are no sides; sometimes there are a hundred.
Love demands expression. It will not stay still, stay silent, be good, be modest, be seen and not heard, no. It will break out in tongues of praise, the high note that smashes the glass and spills the liquid.
To see a World in a Grain of Sand / And a Heaven in a Wild Flower / Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand / And Eternity in an hour
Ever since happiness heard your name, it has been running through the streets trying to find you.
When we are mired in the relative world, never lifting our gaze to the mystery, our life is stunted, incomplete; we are filled with yearning for that paradise that is lost when, as young children, we replace it with words and ideas and abstractions—such as merit, such as past, present, and future—our direct spontaneous experience…
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