The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.
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.
Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.
We cannot be more sensitive to pleasure without being more sensitive to pain.
Things are as they are. Looking out into it the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.
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.
Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
I owe my solitude to other people.
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.
But the attitude of faith is to let go, and become open to truth, whatever it might turn out to be.
The style of God venerated in the church, mosque, or synagogue seems completely different from the style of the natural universe.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
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.
You and I are all as much continuous with the physical universe as a wave is continuous with the ocean.
You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.
But at any rate, the point is that God is what nobody admits to being, and everybody really is.
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
The myths underlying our culture and underlying our common sense have not taught us to feel identical with the universe, but only parts of it, only in it, only confronting it - aliens.