When the mind is at peace,
the world too is at peace.
Nothing real, nothing absent.
Not holding on to reality,
not getting stuck in the void,
you are neither holy nor wise, just
an ordinary fellow who has completed his work.
P’ang Yun 740 - 808AD (via its-not-what-you-think)
Death is not extinguishing the light; it is putting out the lamp because the Dawn has come.
Rabindranath Tagore (via 13acres)
To them that ask, “where have you seen the gods?” or, “how do you know for certain there are gods that you are so devout in their worship?”. I answer, “Neither have I ever seen my own soul, and yet I respect and honor it.
Marcus Aelius Aurelius (via 13acres)
Each time we awaken to no longer being present to ourselves or to another is, paradoxically, a moment of presence. If we are willing to see the whole of our lives as practice, our awareness of the moments when we are not present, coupled with our intention to awaken, brings us into the present.
Saki Santorelli, “Heal Thyself” (from Mind Deep)