jeudi 5 mai 2016

Ruth Bernhard - Doll, 1938.

Zen wants us to acquire an entirely new point of view whereby to look into the mysteries of life and the secrets of nature. This is because Zen has come to the definite conclusion that the ordinary logical process of reasoning is powerless to give final satisfaction to our deepest spiritual needs.

Harley D Teitaro Suzuki

mercredi 4 mai 2016

mardi 3 mai 2016

As long as you are interested in your present way of living you will not abandon it. Discovery cannot come as long as you cling to the familiar. It is only when you realize fully the immense sorrow of your life and revolt against it, that a way out can be found.

The real is, behind and beyond words, incommunicable, directly experienced, explosive in its effect on the mind. It is easily had when nothing else is wanted.

Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?

Daisetsu Kawasaki Suzuki

lundi 2 mai 2016

dimanche 1 mai 2016

Marc Chagall  - Solitude, 1934. 
Photographer: Boris Lipnitzki, colorized by painters-in-color
Oil on Canvas

Every kind of ignorance in the world all results from not realizing that our perceptions are gambles. We believe what we see and then we believe our interpretation of it, we don’t even know we are making an interpretation most of the time. We think this is reality.

Robert Anton Wilson

If you are willing to look at another person’s behavior toward you as a reflection of the state of their relationship with themselves rather than a statement about your value as a person, then you will, over a period of time cease to react at all.

Yogi l'Ours
Initiation is this interdimensional shift between “reality tunnels.” To exit one tunnel, our attachment to it must dissolve before we are ushered into another different corridor. So, a certain surrender and/or sacrifice is required for each initiation or interdimensional shift. Without this capacity for internal surrender, the psychic hallway is blocked by the locked doors of our resistance, judgement and fears.

Antero Alli, “All Rites Reversed”

samedi 30 avril 2016

vendredi 29 avril 2016

Italian Beggar, c. 1890s. 
Platinum Print Bound into Book of Poetry

Whatever happens to you, don’t fall in despair. Even if all the doors are closed, a secret path will be there for you that no one knows. You can’t see it yet but so many paradises are at the end of this path. Be grateful! It is easy to thank after obtaining what you want, thank before having what you want.

Shams Tabrizi 

…I must use my freedom in order to love, with full responsibility and authenticity, not merely receiving a form imposed on me by external forces, or forming my life according to an approved social pattern…

Thomas Merton, Contemplative Prayer

Leave things alone. The universe knows what it’s doing. It doesn’t need any help from you. Leave everything alone and watch what happens… as you leave things alone, the true Self, the I Am, comes into play and takes over your so called life…and you will find joy in the right place, doing the right things and everything is unfolding as it should.

Bob Gainey
One conclusion was forced upon my mind at that time, and my impression of its truth has ever since remained unshaken. It is that our normal waking consciousness, rational consciousness as we call it, is but one special type of consciousness, whilst all about it, parted from it by the filmiest of screens, there lie potential forms of consciousness entirely different. We may go through life without suspecting their existence; but apply the requisite stimulus, and at a touch they are there in all their completeness, definite types of mentality which probably somewhere have their field of application and adaptation. No account of the universe in its totality can be final which leaves these other forms of consciousness quite disregarded. How to regard them is the question,—for they are so discontinuous with ordinary consciousness. Yet they may determine attitudes though they cannot furnish formulas, and open a region though they fail to give a map. At any rate, they forbid a premature closing of our accounts with reality.

William James The Varieties of Religious Experience