When we examine our experience, though, we see that there is not some core being to whom experience refers; rather it is simply “empty phenomena rolling on.” It is “empty” in the sense that there is no one behind the arising and changing phenomena to whom they happen.
In reality all is void.
Everyone, deep in their hearts, is waiting for the end of the world to come.
Why can't we eat babies?
Confusion is the sweat of learning.
In other words, what seems like conflict at one level of magnification is actually harmony at a higher level. Considering this, could it possibly be that we—with all our problems, conflicts, neuroses, sicknesses, political outrages, and wars—are actually in a state of harmony?
We knew the world would not be the same. A few people laughed. A few people cried. Most people were silent. I remembered the line from the Hindu scripture, the Bhagavad Gita; Vishnu is trying to persuade the Prince that he should do his duty and, to impress him, takes on his multi-armed form and says, ‘Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.' I suppose we all felt that one way or another.
j. robert oppenheimer
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
The source of all light is in the eye. If there were no eyes in this world the sun would not be light. You evoke light out of the universe. In the same way, you, by virtue of having a soft skin, evoke hardness out of wood. Wood is only hard in relation to a soft skin. It's your ear drum that evokes noise out of the air. You, by being this organism call into being the whole universe of light and color and hardness and heaviness and everything.
And death shall have no dominion
Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. Dream the impossible dream and the world will not grind you under, it will lift you up. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering it's a feather bed.
That I exist is a perpetual surprise.
On some level, what we enjoy is the cessation of the desire. The desire is this state of agitation, and its gratification is satisfying because we no longer feel the problem anymore.
Many people have asked what is the meaning of life. That answer is simple. It is whatever happens to prevent one, in any given moment, from killing themselves.
Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees.
through fear we are unconscious
If you're going to try, go all the way. Otherwise, don't even start. This could mean losing girlfriends, wives, relatives and maybe even your mind. It could mean not eating for three or four days. It could mean freezing on a park bench. It could mean jail. It could mean derision. It could mean mockery--isolation. Isolation is the gift. All the others are a test of your endurance, of how much you really want to do it. And, you'll do it, despite rejection and the worst odds. And it will be better than anything else you can imagine. If you're going to try, go all the way. There is no other feeling like that. You will be alone with the gods, and the nights will flame with fire. You will ride life straight to perfect laughter. It's the only good fight there is.
henry david thoreau
should I kill myself or have a cup of coffee?
You know, the feeling that people experience when they stand on the edge like this isn't the fear of falling - it's the fear that they might jump.
I sing in colors. My mother is god. My father is god. My brothers. My sisters. All are god. God to the right. God to the left. God overhead.
There is no better way to immediately connect with a group of strangers than to collectively watch something go wrong.
Imagination: There will always be a part of us in there that will last forever
I also await my thoughts.
Go forward and forward.