Ajahn Buddhadasa, a colleague of Ajahn Chah, made a point of directing his students to look for nirvana in the simplest ways, in everyday moments. “Nirvana,” he would say, “is the coolness of letting go, the inherent delight of experience when there is no grasping or resistance to life. It is always available. Anyone can see that if grasping and aversion were with us day and night without ceasing, who could ever stand them? Instead we survive because there are natural periods of coolness, of wholeness and ease…In fact, they last longer than the fires of our grasping and fear. It is this that sustains us. We have periods of rest making us refreshed and well. Why don’t we feel thankful for this everyday nirvana?”
Jack Kornfield, The Wise Heart, Buddhist Psychology for the West.
C’est la Nuit qu’il est beau de croire à la lumière
It is at night that it is beautiful to believe in the light
Edmond Rostand, 1868 – 1918, French poet and dramatist
He who jumps into the void owes no explanation to those who stand and watch.
Jean-Luc Godard, 1930 – , French Film Director
We should not give up on our dreams or any deep sense that persists over time, or let it be blocked by our fears.
Since the powers of nature in this dreamer, in that dreamer, and in the macrocosm of nature itself, are the same, only differently inflected,
the powers personified in a dream are those that move the world.
All the gods are within you,
Joseph Campbell, The Masks of God
If you do not trust yourself completely, you will just hurriedly go along with whatever happens in all situations. You cannot be independent: all these myriad situations cause you to undergo changes.
If you were able to put a stop to the mentality in which every thought is running after something, then you would be no different from a Zen master or a Buddha.
Lin-chi Yixuan, died 866, founder of the Linji school of Chan Buddhism
The great lesson from the true mystics, from the zen monks, from the humanistic and transpersonal psychologists, is that the sacred is in the ordinary, that it is to be found in one’s daily life, in one’s neighbors, friends, and family, in one’s own back yard. This lesson can be easily lost. To be looking elsewhere for miracles is to me a sure sign of ignorance that everything is miraculous.