We do not come into this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree.
We do not "come into" this world; we come out of it, as leaves from a tree. As the ocean "waves," the universe "peoples." Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of nature, a unique action of the total universe.
We are all as much extraordinary phenomena of nature as trees, clouds, the patterns in running water, the flickering of fire, the arrangement of the stars and the form of a galaxy.
The only serious side-effect of marijuana is that you might get arrested.
Self-knowledge leads to wonder, and wonder to curiosity and investigation, so that nothing interests people more than people, even if only one's own person.
A holy person is someone who is whole; who has, as it were, reconciled his opposites.
The sound of the rain needs no translation.
That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen. You can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation.
Life and Reality are not things you can have for yourself unless you accord them to all others. They do not belong to particular persons any more than the sun, moon and stars.
LSD is simply an exploratory instrument like a microscope or telescope, except this one is inside of you instead of outside of you.
Without birth and death, and without the perpetual transmutation of all the forms of life, the world would be static, rhythm-less, undancing, mummified.
Everybody is fundamentally the ultimate reality.
We are the eyes of the cosmos. So that in a way, when you look deeply into somebody's eyes, you're looking deep into yourself, and the other person is looking deeply into the same self.
A chest of gold coins or a fat wallet of bills is of no use
whatsoever to a wrecked sailor alone on a raft.
I find that the sensation of myself as an ego inside a bag of skin is really a hallucination.
Unless one is able to live fully in the present, the future is a hoax.
As a human being it is just my nature to enjoy and share philosophy. I do this in the same way that some birds are eagles and some doves, some flowers lilies and some roses.
It takes time for an acorn to turn into an oak, but the oak is already implied in the acorn.
Lack of awareness of the basic unity of organism and environment is a serious and dangerous hallucination.
Every explicit duality is an implicit unity.
The greater part of human activity is designed to make permanent those experiences and joys which are only lovable because they are changing.
The style of God venerated in church, mosque, and synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
All I'm saying is that minerals are just a rudimentary form of consciousness whereas the other people are saying that consciousness is a complicated form of minerals.
The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
Western religions are more concerned with behavior, doctrine, and belief than with any transformation of the way in which we are aware of ourselves and our world.
The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
As muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone, it could be argued that those who sit quietly and do nothing are making one of the best possible contributions to a world in turmoil.
We are at war between consciousness and nature, between the desire for permanence and the fact of flux. It is ourself against ourselves.
The best way to convince someone is by making him realize that what you speak came from his own mind.
Take a deep breath and tell us your deepest, darkest secret, so we can wipe our brow and know that we're not alone.
If a flower had a God it would not be a transcendental flower but a field.
The trouble with many religions, accused of wishful thinking, is that they are not wishful enough. They show a deplorable lack of imagination.
Do you have any control over being conscious? Do you know how you will?
You are the big bang, the original force of the universe, coming on as whoever you are.
We get such a kick out of looking forward to pleasures and rushing ahead to meet them that we can't slow down enough to enjoy them when they come.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
Nirvana is where you are, provided you don't object to it.
Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.
You can't live at all unless you can live fully now.
All that you see out in front of you is how you feel inside your head.
Better to have a short life that is full of what you like doing than a long life spent in a miserable way.
The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is simply to release any images and emotions.
When you find out that there was never anything in the dark side to be afraid of … Nothing is left but to love.
Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up. Now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.
The menu is not the meal.
You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.
You yourself are the eternal energy which appears as this universe. You didn't come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.
What we have to discover is that there is no safety, that seeking is painful, and that when we imagine that we have found it, we don't like it.
We know that from time to time there arise among human beings people who seem to exude love as naturally as the sun gives out heat.