Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.
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I believe in everything until it’s disproved. So I believe in fairies, the myths, dragons. It all exists, even if it’s in your mind. Who’s to say that dreams and nightmares aren’t as real as the here and now? Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.
Being neededdoes not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women.
Most people are bothered by those passages of Scripture they do not understand, but the passages that bother me are those I do understand.
When you hear that all beings are Buddha, don’t fall into the error of thinking there’s more than one Buddha.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
The wild geese do not intend to cast their reflections. The water has no mind to receive their images.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
Our whole spiritual transformation brings us to the point where we realize in our own being, we are enough.