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 by Dogen Zenji
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.
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
More quotes about Faith
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
The Christian’s Bible is a drug store. Its contents remain the same, but the medical practice changes.
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize in our own being, we are enough.
Let us be grateful to Adam, our benefactor. He cut us out of the blessing of idleness and won for us the curse of labor.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
I adopted the theory of reincarnation when I was 26. I got the idea from a book by Orlando Smith. Until I discovered this theory I was unsettled and dissatisfied-without a compass, so to speak. When I discovered reincarnation it was as if I had found a universal plan. I realized that there was a chance to work out my ideas. Time was no longer limited. I was no longer a slave to the hands of the clock. There was time enough to plan and to create. I wouldn’t give five cents for seeing all the world, because I feel there is nothing in the five continents and on the five seas that I have not somehow seen. Somewhere is a master mind sending brain wave messages to us. There is a Great Spirit. I never did anything by my own volition. I was pushed by invisible forces within and without me. We inherit a native knowledge from a previous existence. Gospel of reincarnation is essence of all knowledge. I do not know where we come from or go to but we accumulate experience. Someday it will be possible to measure the soul. We all retain memories of past lives.
Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.
I love learning about different religions, and discovering the different ways to worship, and to love the greatness and the higher being that surrounds us all. I definitely believe in a bigger presence, and I really respect all religions; at their core they all teach the same message – community and kindness and looking out for each other.