Nondual Quotations – 5

These pages contain nondual quotations, many of which I originally posted on the nondual quotes group on Yahoo!


Good are friends when need arises;
good is contentment with just what one has;
good is merit when life is at an end,
and good is the abandoning of all suffering.

Dhammapada 331

As a human being related to all living beings we must first be
related to ourselves. We cannot understand, love and welcome
others without first knowing and loving ourselves.

~Jean Klein
‘Who am I?’

We have made ourselves so weak; we have made ourselves
so low. We may make great claims, but naturally we
want to lean on somebody else. We are like little,
weak plants, always wanting a support. How many times
I have been asked for a “comfortable religion!” Very
few men ask for the truth, fewer still dare to learn
the truth, and fewest of all dare to follow it in all
its practical bearings.

~ Swami Vivekananda

Disease, laziness, indecision, apathy, lethargy,
craving sense-pleasure, erroneous perception,
lack of concentration, unstable attention,
these are the obstacles that distract consciousness.
Sorrow, worry, restlessness, and irregular breathing
accompany the distractions.
To overcome them practice that oneness.

by Patanjali    English version by Sanderson Beck

*That Most Delicate Place*

There is a place in all of us that has remained innocent, uncorrupted
and untouched by the world.  We have to locate that most delicate place.
It is a very sensitive place, it’s where we feel love – where tenderness
and compassion arise, free from self-interest.
This place is the hole we have to fall into – and disappear in forever.

from Enlightenment is a Secret  By Andrew Cohen

Just understand that birth-and-death is itself
nirvana. There is nothing such as birth and death
to be avoided; there is nothing such as nirvana to
be sought. Only when you realize this are you free
from birth and death.

Friend, our closeness is this:
anywhere you put your foot, feel me
in the firmness under you.

How is it with this love,
I see your world and not you?

From: Rumi The Essential Rumi Barks/Moyne

A genuine spiritual life is not one consisting
of a series of disconnected and undefined
experiences occurring at random; it is a
constant dynamic process incorporating
every element of our being.

Stephen Batchelor
Quoted in ‘Zen and the Brain’ James H. Austin M.D.

from: The Joy of the Snow
Elizabeth  Goudge

WE cannot understand – not yet – but we can see how the more
we lose our sense of separateness in the knowledge of the oneness
of all living creatures, millions of small leaves on the one single tree
of life, the more we shall lose our sense of self-importance, and so
be liberated from our self-pity; a bondage so horrible that I believe
it can bring us at last to a state not unlike that of Gollum, the dreadful
creature Tolkien created, living alone in the dark, talking to himself,
murmuring, ‘My preciouss. My preciouss.’
But if that ‘my preciouss’ were to be the song of the leaves on
the tree, each leaf delighting in all the others, there could be no
love of self, no hatred and no sin, and none of the suffering that
springs from sin. And since a tree has no voice but the wind, and
the leaves know it, they would soon know who it was who was
singing their song with them and through them, and lifting an
swinging them in the dance. If we can find a little of our oneness
with all other creatures, and love for them, then I believe we
are half-way towards finding God.

Quoted in The Virago Book of Spirituality  Ed. Sarah Anderson

From: Enlightenment Unfolds –
The Essential Teachings of  Zen Master Dogen

A fish swims in the ocean, and no matter how far it swims there
is no end to the water. A bird flies in the sky, and no matter how
far it flies there is no end to the air. However, the fish and the bird
have never left their elements. When their activity is large their
field is large. When their need is small their field is small. Thus,
each of them totally covers its full range, and each of them totally
experiences its realm. If the bird leaves the air it will die at once. If
the fish leaves the water it will die at once.
Know that water is life and air is life. The bird is life and the
fish is life. Life must be the bird and life must be the fish. You can
go further. There is practice-enlightenment which encompasses
limited and unlimited life.

Now if a bird or a fish tries to reach the end of its element before
moving in it, this bird or this fish will not find its way or its place.
When you find your place where you are, practice occurs, actualiz-
ing the fundamental point. When you find your way at this mo-
ment, practice occurs, actualizing the fundamental point; for the
place, the way, is neither large nor small, neither yours nor others.
The place, the way, has not carried over from the past, and it is not
merely arising now. Accordingly, in the practice-enlightenment of
the buddha way, to attain one thing is to penetrate one thing; to
meet one practice is to sustain one practice.
Here is the place; here the way unfolds. The boundary of real-
ization is not distinct, for realization comes forth simultaneously
with the mastery of buddha-dharma. Do not suppose that what you
attain becomes your knowledge and is grasped by your intellect.
Although actualized immediately, the inconceivable may not be ap-
parent. Its appearance is beyond your knowledge.

From: Ask The Awakened
Wei Wu Wei

Why are you unhappy?
Because 99.9 per cent
Of everything you think,
And of everything you do,
Is for yourself –
And there isn’t one.

To the man of realization . . . it is indifferent
whether the senses . . . are indrawn or turned
without. What matters it to the sun whether the
clouds gather together or are dispersed?

~Srimad Bhagavatam

“Even This Will Pass Away”
by Thomas Bailey Aldrich

TOUCHED with the delicate green of early May,
Or later, when the rose uplifts her face,
The world hangs glittering in starry space,
Fresh as a jewel found but yesterday.
And yet ’tis very old; what tongue may say
How old it is? Race follows upon race,
Forgetting and forgotten; in their place
Sink tower and temple; nothing long may stay.
We build on tombs, and live our day, and die;
From out our dust new towers and temples start;
Our very name becomes a mystery.
What cities no man ever heard of lie
Under the glacier, in the mountain’s heart,
In violet glooms beneath the moaning sea!

From: The Book
Alan Watts

We can never, never describe all features of the total
situation, not only because every situation is infinitely
complex, but also because the total situation is the uni-
verse. Fortunately, we do not have to describe any sit-
uation exhaustively, because some of its features appear
to be much more important than others for understand-
ing the behavior of the various organisms within it. We
never get more than a sketch of the situation, yet this
is enough to show that actions (or processes) must
be understood, or explained, in terms of situations
just as words must be understood in the context of
sentences, paragraphs, chapters, books, libraries,
and . . . life itself.
To sum up: just as no thing or organism exists on its
own, it does not act on its own. Furthermore, every
organism is a process: thus the organism is not other
than its actions. To put it clumsily: it is what it does.
More precisely, the organism, including its behavior, is
a process which is to be understood only in relation to
the larger and longer process of its environment. For
what we mean by “understanding” or “comprehen-
sion” is seeing how parts fit into a whole, and then
realizing that they don’t compose the whole, as one as-
sembles a jigsaw puzzle, but that the whole is a pattern,
a complex wiggliness, which has no separate parts. Parts
are fictions of language, of the calculus of looking at
the world through a net which seems to chop it up into
bits. Parts exist only for purposes of figuring and de-
scribing, and as we figure the world out we become
confused if we do not remember this all the time.

From Brihadaranyaka Upanishad

As long as there is duality, one sees the other, one hears
the other, one smells the other, one speaks to the other,
one thinks of the other, one knows the other; but when
for the illumined soul the all is dissolved in the Self, who
is there to be seen by whom, who is there to be smelt by
whom, who is there to be heard by whom, who is there to
be spoken to by whom, who is there to be thought of by
whom, who is there to be known by whom? Ah, Maitreyi,
my beloved, the Intelligence which reveals all by what
shall it be revealed? By whom shall the Knower be  known?
The Self is described as *not this, not that.*  It is incom-
prehensible, for it cannot be comprehended; undecaying
for it never decays; unattached, for it never attaches;
unbound, for it is never bound. By whom, O my beloved,
shall the Knower be known?

What you most want,
what you travel around wishing to find,
lose yourself as lovers lose themselves,
and you’ll be that.


From: Enlightenment Unfolds –
The Essential Teachings of  Zen Master Dogen

When dharma does not fill your whole body and mind, you
may assume it is already sufficient. When dharma fills your body
and mind, you understand that something is missing. For example,
when you sail out in a boat to the middle of an ocean where no land
is in sight, and view the four directions, the ocean looks circular,
and does not look any other way. But the ocean is neither round
nor square; its features are infinite in variety. It is like a palace. It is
like a jewel. It only looks circular as far as you can see at that time.
All things are like this.
Though there are many features in the dusty world and the
world beyond conditions, you see and understand only what your
eye of practice can reach. In order to learn the nature of the myriad
things, you must know that although they may look round or
square, the other features of oceans and mountains are infinite in
variety; whole worlds are there. It is so not only around you, but
also directly beneath your feet, or in a drop of water.

Everything is the original law;
Every day the morning sun
Clears the sky,
In every mind there is no
Separate mind.
In every place the pure wind
Circles the earth.
If you can understand in this way,
Then there is no need for Buddha
To appear in this world
Or for Bodhidharma to come
From the west.
– Daio (1235-1309)

There is no need to wait until another life or for
future generations. Before you is the Buddha who
proves to you the possibility of penetrating to God.

-Chang Po-Tuan


Verses on the Faith Mind by

The 3rd Zen Patriarch, Sengstau

If the mind makes no discriminations, the ten thousand things are as they
are, of single essence.

To understand the mystery of this One-essence is to be released from all

The true task of spiritual life
is not found in faraway places
or unusual states of consciousness.
It is here in the present.
It asks of us a welcoming spirit
to greet all that life presents to us
with a wise, respectful, and kindly heart.
We can bow to both beauty and suffering,
to our entanglements and confusion,
to our fears and to the injustices of the world.
Honoring the truth in this way is the path to freedom.

~ Jack Kornfield

Lotus Leaves
by Mitsukuni, translated by Miyamori Asataro.

“Over the lotus leaves
A refreshing shower has run;
Now, on the white jewels of dew
The splendour of the setting sun!”

This is from: ‘Loving Kindness’ by Sharon Salzberg

Being free from concepts is like going backstage in a theater
and suddenly realizing how much of our engagement with
the drama has come from mere appearances: the costumes,
the makeup, the staging, the lighting, and actors projecting
artificial personae. It is liberating to realize that we are, in
effect, “making it all up.” We are playing on the stage set,
lost in the costumes and the lighting. We are creating
boundaries and divisions according to our histories, our
fears, our needs, and our habits. But what is the substance
of these boundaries? Where can they be found, in truth?

The heart has eyes which the brain knows nothing of.

~ Charles H. Perkhurst

Perfect knowledge is attained on the destruction of deluding karmas, of
karmas which obscure knowledge and perception, and of karmas which
obstruct [faith]. With the absence of the cause of bondage, the
annihilation of all karmas is liberation.

Jainism.  Tattvarthasutra 10.1-2


When you have calmed the furies of the mind
Forgotten greed and all ambitions snare:
When you have banished all intruding thought
And scotched the Ego lurking in its lair;
When you have come to nothing and seek nought
But less than nothing – in your earthly quest,
You will be ALL at last – and more than nothing,
For nothing will be more than all the rest.

~Robert Goslin

“Love grants in a moment what toil can
hardly achieve in an age.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The wisdom of enlightenment is inherent in every
one of us. It is because of the delusion under which
our mind works that we fail to realize it ourselves,
and that we have to seek the advice and the
guidance of enlightened ones.

~Hui Neng

Swami Jyoti:

“LOVE is not a social or human virtue as we normally view it.
It is the very ‘glue’ by which the creation is possible.”

“Ordinarily when we use the word love, it refers to human
feeling or sentiment. . .However, the human experience of
love is also derived from that original Love, which is not a
feeling. Feelings of love, sentimentality and affection, are
behavior patterns born of Absolute Love. In today’s
world, unless you say ‘I love you’ nobody understands that
you love him or her. But ultimate Love you do not express –it’s
just there, a radiation that attracts. In the lives of sages…we
see love without any demonstration of feelings; Love just
emanates from [their] eyes. That natural born Love is
the basis of the relationship between God and man. These
words are not needed. Why tell God *I love You*–God, Who
is Love Incarnate, Love embodied, Who is Love Himself? Human
expression is a very pale reflection of that ultimate relationship
between you and your Sprit, you and your God.”

“. . . [Love] is completely fulfilling. You feel resigned, interconnected,
not only with humanity but with everything; insects, stones, boulders,
trees. . .Then if you close your eyes to leave the body due to old age
or disease, you will not mind. There will be no pangs of pathos. You
will have reached the beginning and the end. You will not see much
difference between life and death; old age, sickness and such will
lose their hold on you. You will be relaxed and content. Pleasure and
pain will not affect you. You will quietly let go. Whatever the
conditions, you will be released. You will have found the basis of
your Being.”

When your thinking rises above concern for your
own welfare, wisdom which is independent of
thought appears.

-Ha Gakure
Quoted in ‘Zen Soup’ Ed. Laurence G. Boldt

From: Enlightenment Unfolds –
The Essential Teachings of  Zen Master Dogen

MAYU, Zen Master Baoche, was fanning himself. A monk ap-
proached and said, “Master, the nature of wind is permanent and
there is no place it does not reach. Why then do you fan yourself?”
“Although you understand that the natare of the wind is perma-
nent,” Mayu replied, “you do not understand the meaning of its
reaching everywhere.”
“What is the meaning of its reaching everywhere?” asked the
monk again. Mayu just kept fanning himself. The monk bowed
The actualization of the buddha-dharma, the vital path of its
correct transmission, is like this. If you say that you do not need to
fan yourself because the nature of wind is permanent and you can
have wind without fanning, you will understand neither permanence
nor the nature of the wind. The nature of the wind is permanent.
Because of that, the wind of the buddha’s house brings forth the
gold of the earth and makes fragrant the cream of the long river.


In Praise of Wildness and In Search of Harmony
With Everything That Moves
by John McClellan

*Everything That Moves-Primordial Purity*

The way I see it, anything that arises on this planet is completely
natural, pristine, and pure. Created by God’s spontaneous,
self-arising nature, sacred. God itself. Deep ecologists reserve
this level of honor for wilderness areas, asking that they be
untouched by outside forces, meaning generally man or machines.
But is this entire planet not a pristine, sacred wilderness? Has it
ever been touched by ‘outside forces’? Is not all this Gaia’s own

The game is not about becoming somebody; it’s
about becoming nobody.

-Ram Dass
Quoted in ‘Zen Soup’ Ed. Laurence G. Boldt

The burden of the self is lightened
when I laugh at myself

~Rabindranath Tagore

You say,
“How can I find God?”

I say,
“The Friend is the lining in your pocket –
The curved pink wall in your belly –

Sober up,
Steady your aim,
Reach in,
Turn the Universe and
The Beautiful Rascal
Inside out.”

You say,
“That sounds preposterous –
I really don’t believe God is in there.”

I say,
“Well then,
Why not try the Himalayas –

You could get naked
And pretend to be an exalted yogi
And eat bark and snow for forty years.”

And you might think,

“Hey, Old Man,
Why don’t you – go shovel

The Subject Tonight is Love / Daniel Ladinsky

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