In Silence there is eloquence. Stop weaving and see how the pattern improves.
Tomorrow and plans for tomorrow can have no significance at all unless you are in full contact with the reality of the present, since it is in the present and only in the present that you live. There is no other reality than present reality, so that, even if one were to live for endless ages, to live for the future would be to miss the point everlastingly.
Put your thoughts to sleep, do not let them cast a shadow over the moon of your heart. Let go of thinking.
The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.
The best political, social, and spiritual work we can do is to withdraw the projection of our shadow onto others.
If you overesteem great men, people become powerless. If you overvalue possessions, people begin to steal.
In knowing that the true Self and ego are separate, one is allowed to see that the true Self of others and their egos are also separate. This is why the Buddha can love a stranger across the street. This is why the Buddha has no trouble listening to you. His ego isn’t present with your ego. His Self is present with your Self.
We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience. We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is.
In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don’t try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
Gossip needn’t be false to be evil. There’s a lot of truth that shouldn’t be passed around.