Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command.
The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float.
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