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But to me nothing - the negative the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
But at any rate the point is that God is what nobody admits to being and everybody really is.
The style of God venerated in the church mosque or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.



The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief of holding on.
Faith is a state of openness or trust.



But my dear man reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot you know.
I owe my solitude to other people.
A myth is an image in terms of which we try to make sense of the world.



Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
You are that vast thing that you see far far off with great telescopes.
You don´t look out there for God something in the sky you look in you.



But the attitude of faith is to let go and become open to truth whatever it might turn out to be.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
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.



I have realized that the past and future are real illusions that they exist in the present which is what there is and all there is.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Never pretend to a love which you do not actually feel for love is not ours to command.



The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it move with it and join the dance.
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.



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.



But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.



Faith is a state of openness or trust.



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.



Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.



Religion is not a department of life it is something that enters into the whole of it.



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.



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.



But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.



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.



The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.



And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.



But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.



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.



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.



You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.



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.



In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.



You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.



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.



The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.



The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.



The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.