Thursday, December 29, 2011

Gems found in Lama Surya Das' Awakening the Sacred Within

Without going out my door
I can know all things on earth.
Without looking out my window
I can know the ways of heaven.
 The Tao Te Ching

Everyday people are straying from the church and going back to God.
Lenny Bruce

God requires no synagogue-except in the heart.
 Hasidic Saying

God has no religion.
 Mahatma Gandhi

If going away is what it is to be a monk then coming back really really is what it is to be a Buddha.  But surely you can only really come back if you've really gone away?
Ko Un

Be humble, for you are made of of dung.  Be noble, for you are made of stars.
 Serbian Proverb

Regard this fleeting world like this:
Like stars fading and vanishing at dawn,
like bubbles on a fast moving stream,
like morning dewdrops evaporating on blades of grass,
like a candle flickering in a strong wind,
echoes, mirages, and phantoms, hallucinations,
and like dream
The Buddha

Things are not what they seem to be, nor are they otherwise.
 Lankavatara Sutra

It is not a matter of faith.
It is a matter of practice.
Thich Nhat Hanh

Your own self is your ultimate teacher. The outer teacher is merely a milestone. It is only your inner teacher that will walk with you to the goal, for he is the goal.
Nisargadatta Maharaj

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