“According to a Buddhist analysis, we go through life thinking we’re advancing our own interests, while actually producing ever more suffering because we misunderstand ourselves.”
“Stop thinking, and end your problems.”
“he has no destination in view
and makes use of anything
life happens to bring his way.”
“The mark of a moderate man
is freedom from his own ideas.”
“When they lose their sense of awe, people turn to religion.
When they no longer trust themselves, they begin to depend upon authority.
Therefore the Master steps back so that people won’t be confused.
He teaches without a teaching, so that people will have nothing to learn.”
“The great Way is easy,
yet people prefer the side paths.”
“A master of wine who is also an expert in sake once told me that the most elegant Japanese rice wines are defined by the absence of taste, the reverse of what one looks for in a claret or a Chardonnay. ‘Sake is about what’s not there. With wine it’s about what’s here. It’s like in speech. The pauses and the silences, the things that aren’t there give a hint of the meaning. The most elegant sakes are barely there at all.’”
– David Pilling