People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
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Rare virtues are like rare plants or animals, things that have not been able to hold their own in the world. A virtue to be serviceable must, like gold, be alloyed with some commoner but more durable metal.
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As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color & fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.
I’m a bit superstitious about certain things, like what shoes to wear. If I wear the wrong shoes, the whole day may go wrong. Or if I don’t get to the bottom of the stairs before the door closes – stupid little things like that. Then I also have all the normal ones, like don’t walking under ladders and so on.
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.
Christ and The Church: If he were to apply for a divorce on the grounds of cruelty, adultery and desertion, he would probably get one.
The Zen expression Kill the Buddha!” means to kill any concept of the Buddha as something apart from oneself.
I would like to believe there is a God, but I think it is better to say I’m not sure there is a God and live your life with kindness and respect for people than to say I know there is a God and then do bad things,
What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.