Tales of Joha (Yoha)

13 January 1981
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Kabir: Benares is to the east, Mecca to the west; but exlore your own heart, for there are both Rama and Allah. "One Hundred Poems of Kabir".

R. Pirsig: When you're not dominated by feelings of separateness from what you're working on, then you can be said to 'care' about what you're doing. That is what caring really is: 'a feeling of identification with what one's doing.' When one has this feeling then you also see the inverse side of caring, quality itself--Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, 290--1974.

H. Hesse: You know quite well, that deep within you, there is only a single magic, a single power, a single s*lvation.. and that is called 'loving'. Well, then, love your suffering. Do not resist it, do not flee from it. It is your aversion that hurts, nothing else--

A. Einstein: The most beautiful thing that we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and to stand rapt in awe--is as good as dead; his eyes are closed--

C. Jung: The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one's whole being. Nothing less will do. There can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, and no compromises--

Shakyamuni: Do not dwell in the past (memory); do not dream of the future (fantasy). Concentrate the mind on the present moment.

T. Mann: If you want to enjoy your new life, really enjoy it, consciously and artistically, you must take care never to get used to your new situation. Getting used to things is death. It is ennui. Don't give in to it, don't let anything become a matter of course, preserve a childlike taste for the sweets of life--

E. Hemingway: Our nada who art in nada, nada be thy name, thy kingdom nada, thy will be nada, in nada as it is in nada. Give us this nada our daily nada, and nada us our nada, as we nada our nadas, and nada us not into nada, but deliver us from nada; pues nada. Hail nothing, full of nothing, nothing is with thee--

Hesiod (works and days): For ere this the tribes of men lived on earth remote and free from ills and hard toil and heavy sickness which bring the keres [baleful spirits] upon men; for in misery men grow old quickly--

A. Montague: Death is not the absence of life, but the absence of growth.

Tom Charity: Hollywood tends to do this stuff too easily, equating mental illness with artistic or spiritual transcendence and most often trivializing both in the process.

Francisco Varela: As Tsultrim Gyamtso remarks, "Buddhism is not telling anyone that he should believe that he has a self or that he does not have a self. It is saying that when one looks at the way one suffers and the way one thinks and responds emotionally to life, it is as if one believed there were a self that was lasting, single, and independent; and yet on closer analysis no such self can be found. In other words, the aggregates (skandhas) are empty of a self."
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