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The happiness of the drop is to die in the river.     - Al Ghazali
Someone asked, "What am I?"
Guangfan answered, "There is nothing in the whole universe that is not you."
  - Zen mondo
A consciousness that conceives of inherent existence does not have a valid foundation. A wise consciousness, grounded in reality, understands that living beings and other phenomena- minds , bodies, buildings, and so forth- do not inherently exist. This is the wisdom of emptiness. Understanding reality exactly opposite to the misconception of inherent existence, wisdom gradually overcomes ignorance.
                                           - Dalai Lama
A monk asked Pai-chang,
"What is a matter of special wonder?"
Pai-chang said, "Sitting alone at Ta Hsiung Peak."
      - Zen Mondo
A bush warbler-
    and of a hundred men
       not one knows it's there.
                - Ryokan
The days grow long, the mountains beautiful.
The south wind blows over blossoming meadows.
Newly arrived swallows dart over streaming marshes.
Ducks in pairs drowse on the warm sand.
          - Tu Fu
Paradise is where I am.           - Voltaire
A billion stars go spinning through the night,
blazing high above your head.
But in you is the presence that will be,
when the stars are dead.
      - Rainer Maria Rilke
No one can live your life except you.
No one can live my life except me.
You are responsible. I am responsible.
But what is our life? What is our death?
        - Maezumi Roshi
To sit without emotion, hope, or aim,
In the loved presence of my cottage-fire,
And listen to the flapping of the flame,
Or kettle whispering its faint undersong.
          - William Wordsworth
As he listened,
The eavesdrops entered him.
      - Dogen
Months pass, days pile up,
like one intoxicated dream-
An old man sighs.
     - Ryokan
All heaven and earth have worked out this single buttercup:
Surely it will go on
Age after age.
- Japanese Zen Folk Saying
A raindrop becomes ocean
when it falls into the sea.
Thus does the soul become divine
on seeing its divinity.
    - Franck  from the Zen of Seeing
Happiness not in another place
but in this place...
    not for another hour,
              but for this hour....
          - Walt Whitman
Its crazy in this passing world
for a lender to feel he has lent
or a borrower to feel he has borrowed.
     - Japanese Zen saying
The perfect way out:
Theres no past/present/future,
Dawn after dawn, the sun!
Night after night, the moon!
     - Gestudo
"Wind Among the Pines"
The wind blows hard among the pines
Toward the beginning
of an endless past.
Listen: you've heard everything.
    - Sinkichi Takahashi
The mountain slopes crawl with lumberjacks,
Axing everything in sight-
Yet crimson flowers
Burn along the stream.
       - Chin-doba
Does one really have to fret about enlightenment?
No matter what road I travel I'm going home.
              - Shinsho
With one foot on the brick step,
The All burst in my head.
I had a good laugh by the box tree
Moon in the bluest sky.
     - Choro
From the start theres no Life and Death,
yet I've gained the leaving/staying mind.
In the next life I'll probably return.
        - Sensai
Wish I could let them listen to the sound of falling snow
At midnight in the old temple of Shinoda Forest.
               Japanese Zen
Art is frozen Zen            - R.H. Blyth
Be master of yourself
         - everywhere
All you do
            proves true
              - Zen saying

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