Alan Watts

Buddhism the Religion of No-Religion

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    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    In any case, to know you exist you need an echo.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    Buddhist enlightenment consists simply in knowing the secret of the unity of opposites—the unity of the inner and outer worlds—and in understanding that secret as an adult rather than as a child. It means, really, to finally grow up
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    It means to look more closely at the subject of your question.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    However, meditation does not mean thinking out an answer in an intellectual way. It means to
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    We all have in us levels of vibration that we are not familiar with, which we are therefore afraid of, and it is these levels we reach when we get out of our ordinary state of mind.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    That’s the surprise I was talking about earlier. Satori. Sudden awakening. It bounced. This is the whole thing about Buddhism. We all think we are going to crash. We must think that, because otherwise it wouldn’t be a surprise when we bounce
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    So there must always be something in you that is like spiritual hiccups, that happens unbeknownst to you, and takes you by surprise
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    Life has to surprise itself, because if it didn’t you wouldn’t know of your own existence. You only know existence to the degree that there is a balance between knowing and not knowing.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    That is the whole method of Zen: to make people become consistent, perfect egotists, and so explode the illusion of the separate ego.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    There is a saying that “anybody who goes to a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined.” In exactly the same way, in the Buddhist culture, anybody who goes to a guru, a spiritual teacher, a Zen master, or whatever, ought to have his head examined.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    In a wider sense, when a person does not react to life, on the one hand, or tries to dominate it, on the other, but allows the internal world of his own organism and the external world of other people and other things to move together as if they were one and the same motion, that is Zen.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    However, the moment you see yourself as central to the existence of the universe, you will suddenly see the obverse of this as well: that your particular personality is nothing at all without the existence of everything else and everybody else.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    We should not take seriously the silly idea of the pathetic fallacy, which says that outside our skins everything is inhuman—a mass of dumb and blind forces—and that only inside the skin is there a human world. All the world is human, and it depends not only on the existence of humanity in general but also on every individual in particular
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    and it would not be the same world if you weren’t in it.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    whole world bears your signature, and it w
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    However short or long it may be, everything depends on your life. If you did not happen, nothing would happen
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    There is no such thing as a single, solitary event. The only possible single event is all events whatsoever. That could be regarded as the only possible atom; the only possible single thing is everything. The manifestations of the universe that we call things all imply each other. We know what we are only in relation to what we are not. We know the sensation of the self only in relation to a sensation of the other. The self implies the other as the back implies the front.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    The fact that you exist tells us something about the kind of universe we’re living in: it once produced you. You are a symptom of the kind of universe we’re living in, just as an apple is a symptom of a certain kind of tree. It tells us something about that tree, what its function is.
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    present, future—depends on every particular event or thing. It is easy to say, “I depend on the universe. There could be no me unless there was everything else
    Ramon Verduzco-olivahas quoted3 months ago
    This is the Mahayana vision of the world. No thing, no event, can exist without every other thing or event. Every event implies all events; every event—the total universe, past,
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