The valley stream’s rushing sound is the eloquent tongue of Buddha. The mountain’s vibrant colours are nothing but the Buddha’s form.
More quotes by Dogen Zenji
To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be awakened by all things.
I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars.
Zazen is an activity that is an extension of the universe. Zazen is not the life of an individual, it’s the universe that’s breathing.
More quotes about Faith
With or without religion, you would have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, that takes religion.
In the end, only three things matter: How much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
I find it interesting that the meanest life, the poorest existence, is attributed to God’s will, but as human beings become more affluent, as their living standard and style begin to ascend the material scale, God descends the scale of responsibility at a commensurate speed.
Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men.
Jesus was all right, but his disciples were thick and ordinary. It’s them twisting it that ruins it for me.
Perhaps the most spiritual thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with the eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.
I think every person should have some faith inside him, in his heart. What matters is not an external display of this faith, but the inner state of the soul.
I lost my faith in God when I lost my daughter to Cancer, the beast. I begged, I cried, I offered my life for hers, and day by day, I watched that beautiful little Angel slip off. So, excuse me for not taking my seat next to you on Sunday in Church, I feel too cheated to worship.
Jesus tapped me on the shoulder and said, Bob, why are you resisting me? I said, I’m not resisting you! He said, You gonna follow me? I said, I’ve never thought about that before! He said, When you’re not following me, you’re resisting me.
Thou shalt not commit adultry is a command which makes no distinction between the following persons. They are all required to obey it: children at birth. Children in the cradle. School children. Youths and maidens. Fresh adults. Older ones. Men and women of 40. Of 50. Of 60. Of 70. Of 80. Of 100. The command does not distribute its burden equally, and cannot. It is not hard upon the three sets of children.