” We have guided missiles and misguided men.”
” A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defence than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual doom.”
” I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit together at the table of brotherhood. ”
” Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. “
“ Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
A monk asked Yun Men, ” What are the teachings of a whole lifetime? ”
Yun Men said, ” An appropriate statement.”
Emperor Wu of Liang asked the great master Bodhidharma, ” What is the highest meaning of the holy truths? ”
Bodhidharma said, ” Empty, without holiness.”
The Emperor said, ” Who is facing me? ”
Bodhidharma replied,” I don’t know.”
“ Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the feet, with ideas, with words, and, need I add that one must also be able to dance with the pen? “
“ Ever since I had an accident in which I broke my finger and couldn’t use a typewriter for a few months, I have followed the custom of my youth and gone back to writing by hand. I discovered when my finger was better and I could type again that my poetry when written by hand was more sensitive, its plastic forms could change more easily…The typewriter separated me from a deeper intimacy with poetry, and my hand brought me closer to that intimacy again.”
” Where you stumble, there your treasure is….The world is a match for us and we are a match for the world. And where it seems most challenging lies the greatest invitation to find deeper and greater powers within ourselves.”
“ The magic of expression emerges from the individual crucibles of personal experimentation. Hours, days, weeks and sometimes months and years of frustrating work may be generating a realignment of elements, which gather together at a decisive moment, or in a fertile period, to generate a succession of new creations. Creativity is fed by the difficult course of events as well as by the instants of epiphany that we commonly associate with successful expression.”
The Guest House
This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honourably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
meet them at the door laughing,
and invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
(translation by Coleman Barks)
“Always trust yourself and your own feelings, as opposed to arguments and discussions….if it turns out that you are wrong, then the natural growth of your inner life will eventually guide you to other insights. Allow your judgments a silent, undisturbed development, which, like all progress, must come from deep within and cannot be forced or hastened. Everything is gestation and then birthing. To let each impression and each embryo of a feeling come to completion, entirely in itself, in the dark, in the unsayable, the unconscious, beyond the reach of one’s own understanding, and with deep humility and patience to wait for the hour when a new clarity is born: this is what it means to live as an artist.”
“ When one sees Eternity in things that pass away and Infinity in finite things, then one has pure knowledge. But if one merely sees the diversity of things, with their divisions and limitations, than one has impure knowledge. And if one selfishly sees a thing as if it were everything, independent of the ONE and the many, then one is in the darkness of ignorance.”
“ O Krishna, the mind is restless, turbulent, strong and unyielding, I consider it as difficult to subdue as the wind.”
“ A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires ( that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still ) can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy those desires.”