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I just found a small stack of pages I pulled off of a Zen page-a-day calender I had a few years ago. There's some good ones, so I thought I'd share
(The first 2 are in my sig.)
Have more than thou showest; speak less than thou knowest.
- William Shakespeare
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden, or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
To be a warrior is to learn to be genuine in every moment of your life.
- Chogyam Trungpa
The caterpillar said, "One side will make you grow bigger and the other side will make you grow smaller."
"One side of what? The other side of what?" thought Alice to herself.
"Of the mushroom," said the caterpillar.
Alice looked at the mushroom, trying to make out which were the two sides, as it was perfectly round.
- Western koan
To learn the Way, you must be sharp yet inconspicuous. When you are sharp, you are not confused by people. When you are inconspicuous, you do not argue with people. Not being confused by people, you are empty and spiritual. Not arguing with people, you are serene and subtle.
...to be nobody but yourself - in a world which is doing it's best, night and day, to make you everybody else - means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.
- E. E. Cummings
Another time I saw a child coming toward me holding a lighted torch in his hand. "Where have you brought that light from?" I asked him. He immediately blew it out, and said to me, "O Hasan, tell me where it is gone, and I will tell you whence I fetched it."
- Hasan Basri
Every day people are staying away from church and going back to God.
- Lenny Bruce
Now we have finished. Everyone stand and we will bow to the Buddha three times to thank him. We thank him because even if we did not have great enlightenment, we had small enlightenment. If we did not have small enlightenment, at least we did not get sick. If we got sick, at least we didn't die. So let's thank the Buddha.
Seriousness is an accident of time. It consists in putting too high a value on time. In eternity there is no time. Eternity is a mere moment, just long enough for a joke.
- Herman Hesse
Things are not what they seem to be. Nor are they otherwise.
- The Lankavatara Sutra
I have no parents; I make heaven and earth my parents.
I have no divine power; I make honesty my power.
I have no means; I make submission my means.
I have no magic power; I make inward strength my magic.
I have no friends; I make my mind my friend.
I have no enemy; I make incautiousness my enemy.
I have no armor; I make goodwill and righteousness my armor.
I have no castle; I make immovable Mind my castle.
- The Samurai's Zen Creed
The thing about Zen is that it pushes contradictions to their ultimate limit where one has to choose between madness and innocence. And Zen suggests that we may be driving toward one or the other on a cosmic scale. Driving toward them because, one way or the other, as madmen or innocents, we are already there.
It may be good to open our eyes and see - Thomas Merton
Compared to what we ought to be, we are only half awake.
- William James
Our life is frittered away by detai... Simplify, simplify.
- Henry David Thoreau
Know the One. Love the All.
- T'ao Shan
What is the Buddha?
What is not the Buddha? - Ma Tsu
I pretended to leap
to see if I could live there. Someday I must actually arive there,
or nothing will be left to arrive.
- Jelaluddin Rumi
The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground...
- Alfred North Whitehead
Good pitching will always stop good hitting, and vice versa.
- Casey Stengel
No better love than love with no object, no more satisfying work than work with no purpose.
If you could give up tricks and cleverness, that would be the cleverest trick!
- Jelaluddin Rumi
Thanks for reading.
-------------------- There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people.
-- Howard Zinn
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