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The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.

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"You don't look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you." Make picture quote!
"You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes." Make picture quote!
"To have faith is to trust yourself to the water. When you swim you don't grab hold of the water, because if you do you will sink and drown. Instead you relax, and float." Make picture quote!
"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." Make picture quote!
"You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean." Make picture quote!
"We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us." Make picture quote!
"We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain." Make picture quote!
"Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations." Make picture quote!
"The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity." Make picture quote!
"The reason we have poverty is that we have no imagination. There are a great many people accumulating what they think is vast wealth, but it's only money... they don't know how to enjoy it, because they have no imagination." Make picture quote!
"The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance." Make picture quote!
"Saints need sinners." Make picture quote!
"Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel, for love is not ours to command." Make picture quote!
"No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now." Make picture quote!
"No work or love will flourish out of guilt, fear, or hollowness of heart, just as no valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now." Make picture quote!
"Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it." Make picture quote!
"Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know." Make picture quote!
"Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it." Make picture quote!
"So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing." Make picture quote!
"So then, the relationship of self to other is the complete realization that loving yourself is impossible without loving everything defined as other than yourself." Make picture quote!
"So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level." Make picture quote!
"Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them." Make picture quote!
"The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention." Make picture quote!
"The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile." Make picture quote!
"The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible." Make picture quote!
"But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be." Make picture quote!
"The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens." Make picture quote!
"In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all." Make picture quote!
"And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment." Make picture quote!
"A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world." Make picture quote!
"And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on." Make picture quote!
"Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver." Make picture quote!
"But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything." Make picture quote!
"But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful." Make picture quote!
"But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us." Make picture quote!
"Faith is a state of openness or trust." Make picture quote!
"How is it possible that a being with such sensitive jewels as the eyes, such enchanted musical instruments as the ears, and such fabulous arabesque of nerves as the brain can experience itself anything less than a god." Make picture quote!
"I owe my solitude to other people." Make picture quote!
"If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly." Make picture quote!
"But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is." Make picture quote!

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