Truth is perfect and complete in itself. It is not something newly discovered; it has always existed. Truth is not far away; it is ever present. It is not something to be attained since not one of your steps leads away from it.
– Dogen Zenji
from the book “Buddhism and Zen”
– Thich Nhat Hanhfrom the book “I Have Arrived, I Am Home: Celebrating 20 Years of Plum Village Life”
~Lama Zopa Rinpoche~
We are so addicted, either to materialism or to transcending material reality, that we don’t see the Universe right in front of us
“We are so addicted, either to materialism or to transcending material reality, that we don’t see [the Universe] right in front of us, in the beggar, the starving child, the brokenhearted woman; in our friend; in the cat; in the flea. We miss it.
All mystical systems are addicted to transcending this reality. This addiction is part of the reason why the world is being destroyed. The monotheistic religions honor an off-planet God and would sacrifice this world and its attachments to the adoration of that God.
But the “God” I met was both immanent and transcendent. This world is not an illusion, and the philosophies that say it is are half-baked half-truths. In an authentic mystical experience, the world does disappear and reveal itself as the dance of the divine consciousness.
But then it reappears, and you see that everything you are looking at is God/Universe, and everything you’re touching is God/Universe. This vision completely shatters you.”
Artwork by Cameron Grey
~Thich Nhat Hanh
The Dharma which I teach is totally pure and makes no distinctions between race or caste, between rich or poor, between good and bad. It is like washing in pure water. The water washes all races and castes, rich and poor, good and bad, without distinction. It is like a fire which burns all substances without exception: mountains, rocks, sky and earth. My teaching is like the sky under which all find a place: men, women, boys, girls, rich and poor, all without exception.
Sutra of the Wise and Foolish