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These pages contains quotations I originally shared on the nondual quotes list. Enjoy!
Just don't seek from another Or you'll be far estranged from self. I now go on alone Meeting it everywhere It now is just what I am I now am not it. You must comprehend in this way To merge with thusness. - Dongshan (771-853)
O you who've gone on pilgrimage - where are you, where, oh where? Here, here is the Beloved! Oh come now, come, oh come! Your friend, he is your neighbor, he is next to your wall - You, erring in the desert - what air of love is this? If you'd see the Beloved's form without any form - You are the house, the master, You are the Kaaba, you! . . . Where is a bunch of roses, if you would be this garden? Where, one soul's pearly essence when you're the Sea of God? That's true - and yet your troubles may turn to treasures rich - How sad that you yourself veil the treasure that is yours! ~Rumi 'I Am Wind, You are Fire' Translation by Annemarie Schimmel
When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. - Shunryu Suzuki
"How do you go about finding anything? By keeping your mind and heart on it. Interest there must be and steady remembrance. To remember what needs to be remembered is the secret of success. You come to it through earnestness" ~Nisargadatta Maharaj 'I AM THAT'
When one realizes oneself, one realizes the essential nature of the universe. The existence of duality is only an illusion and when the illusion is undone, the primordial unity of one's own nature and the nature of the universe is realized, or made real. ~Namkhai Norbu Quoted in: 'The Enlightenment Process' Judith Blackstone
Sagehood has nothing to do with governing others but is a matter of ordering oneself. Nobility has nothing to do with power and rank but is a matter of self realization. Attain self-realization, and the whole world is found in the self. Happiness has nothing to do with wealth and status, but is a matter of harmony. - Lao-tze
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society where none intrudes By the deep sea, and music in its roar. I love not man the less, but nature more, From these our interviews in which I steal From all I may be, or have been before, To mingle with the universe, and feel What I can ne'er express, yet cannot all conceal. ~Lord Byron
This is from 'The Spirit of Tao' Trans/edited by Thomas Cleary The Great Way The Great Way is very difficult to express in words. Because it is hard to speak of, just look into beginninglessness, the beginningless beginning. When you reach the point where there is not even any beginninglessness, and not even any nonexistence of beginninglessness, this is the primordial. The primordial Way cannot be assessed; there is nothing in it that can be assessed. What verbal explanation is there for it? We cannot explain it, yet we do explain it-where does the explanation come from? The Way that can be explained is only in doing. What is doing? It is attained by nondoing. This nondoing begins in doing.
The true form is magnificently illuminated with gleaming fire. The teaching's voice is total silence amid the ringing of wind chimes. The moon hangs in the old pine tree, cold in the falling night. The chilled crane in its nest in the clouds has not yet been aroused from its dreams. - Hongzhi Zhengjue (1091-1157)
Enlightenment for Everyone by Andrew Harvey Essay Excerpt: It is this Eternal Dance that is always, at every moment, creating, destroying, and recreating all things; all things in all worlds and at every subtle level of all known and unknown universes are the constantly changing and evolving expressions of this secret lightning-dance, this vast blissful ecstatic dance, the Dance of the Sacred Marriage between the "masculine" and "feminine" poles and powers of the Godhead...
When we learn to move beyond mistaken concepts and see clearly, we no longer solidify reality. We see waves coming and going, arising and passing. We see that life, composed of this mind and body, is in a state of continual, constant transformation and flux. There is always the possibility of radical change. Every moment - not just poetically or figuratively, but literally - every moment we are dying and being reborn, we and all of life. From: 'Loving-Kindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness' Sharon Salzberg p88
One minute of sitting, one inch of Buddha. Like lightning all thoughts come and pass. Just once look into your mind-depths: Nothing else has ever been. - Manzan (1649-1709)
Without the rigidity of concepts, the world becomes transparent and illuminated, as though lit from within. With this understanding, the interconnectedness of all that lives becomes very clear. We see that nothing is stagnant and nothing is fully separate, that who we are, what we are, is intimately woven into the nature of life itself. Out of this sense of connection, love and compassion arise. From: 'Loving-Kindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness' Sharon Salzberg p88
Love and concern for all are not things some of us are born with and others are not. Rather, they are results of what we do with our minds: We can choose to transform our minds so that they embody love, or we can allow them to develop habits and false concepts of separation. From: 'Loving-Kindness - The Revolutionary Art of Happiness' Sharon Salzberg p89
The real glory of meditation lies not in any method but in its continual living experience of presence, in its bliss, clarity, peace, and most important of all, complete absence of grasping. The diminishing of grasping in yourself is a sign that you are becoming freer of yourself. And the more you experience this freedom, the clearer the sign that the ego and the hopes and fears that keep it alive are dissolving, and the closer you will come to the infinitely generous "wisdom of egolessness." When you live in the wisdom home, you'll no longer find a barrier between "I" and "you," "this" and "that," "inside" and "outside;" you'll have come, finally, to your true home, the state of non-duality. ~Sogyal Rinpoche The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
'The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying' Sogyal Rinpoche Quoting Dudjom Rinpoche on the buddha-nature: No words can describe it No example can point to it Samsara does not make it worse Nirvana does not make it better It has never been born It has never ceased It has never been liberated It has never been deluded It has never existed It has never been nonexistent It has no limits at all It does not fall into any kind of category
Nirvana by Sri Aurobindo All is abolished but the mute Alone, The Mind from thought released, the heart from grief Grow inexistent now beyond belief; There is no I, no Nature, known-unknown. The city, a shadow picture without tone, Floats, quivers unreal; forms without relief Flow, a cinema's vacant shapes; like a reef Foundering in shoreless gulfs the world is done. Only the illimitable Permanent Is here. A Peace stupendous, featureless, still Replaces all, what once was I, in It A silent unnamed emptiness content Either to fade in the Unknowable Or thrill with the luminous seas of the Infinite.
From: 'Trying to be Human: Zen Talks from Cheri Huber' *Separateness* here on earth would we find a boundary between us? Would it be the air between us that we both breathe? Would it be the skin on my body that is participating in the exact same atmosphere as the skin on your body? The idea of separateness is something we have to make up, so we say everything that connects us doesn't count because we can't see it. Of course, if the air weren't there all of a sudden, it would become important in a hurry. But for right now, we choose not to pay attention to it. Look and see how you make up separateness within yourself. Look for your sense of "self' and "other." Notice how within yourself, there arc many selves. Inside or outside yourself, see if you can find a boundary.
For life in the present there is no death. Death is not an event in life. It is not a fact in the world. ~Wittgenstein
Enlightenment is the sudden recognition that non-duality is, has always been, and will always be the reality of our experience. Duality is an illusion. Consciousness is not private and personal, but impersonal, universal, and eternal. There is no limited personal entity, no conscious ego. The ego is a perceived object, not the all perceiving awareness. ~Francis Lucille
From: 'Who Am I? The Sacred Quest' Jean Klein Q. Is this source that you turn to see, the ultimate subject, your real nature? A. Be very careful. The subject that can be seen is not your home-ground. What is sometimes called the ultimate subject is nothing other than silence, sunyata, emptiness of images. This is consciousness, the light behind all perception. The subject that is talked about is still in duality, the subject-object relationship.
The light of consciousness passes through the film of memory and throws pictures on your brain. Because of the deficient and disordered state of your brain, what you perceive is distorted and colored by feelings of like and dislike. Make your thinking orderly and free from emotional overtones, and you will see people and things as they are, with clarity and charity. ~Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
ONE DAY MULLA NASRUDIN GOT WORD THAT HE HAD received a special message from the Sheik in Basra. When he went to pick it up they told him he must first identify himself. Nasrudin fished in his trousers and took out a brass mirror. Looking into it he exclaimed, "Yup, that's me all right." From "Soul Food - Stories to Nourish the Spirit & the Heart' Ed. Jack Kornfield & Christina Feldman
ONE DAY TESSHU, THE FAMOUS SWORDSMAN AND ZEN devotee, went to Dokuon and told him triumphantly he believed all that exists is empty, there is no you or me, and so on. The master, who had listened in silence, suddenly snatched up his long tobacco pipe and struck Tesshu's head. The infuriated swordsman would have killed the master there and then, but Dokuon said calmly, "Emptiness is quick to show its anger, isn't it?" Forcing a smile, Tesshu left the room. From "Soul Food - Stories to Nourish the Spirit & the Heart' Ed. Jack Kornfield & Christina Feldman
From: 'Who Am I? The Sacred Quest' Jean Klein Q. Then I cannot ask you if the state of pure being continues after death? A. A state is an experience. What you are is not an experience. Freedom is causeless, not a condition. It doesn't belong to existence. Existence is in space and time.
"Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world." ~Hans Margolius