A Quote by Robert Beer on work, mind, emptiness, and ideas

Ideas are easy to come by, they spring effortlessly out of the vacuity of the mind and cost nothing. When they are held and projected onto one's self or others they become a project. When the project is enacted it becomes the work, and when the work is completed it appears to be self-existent. Creation is the process of form manifesting from emptiness, where that which arises from the mind comes into existence. Yet the distance between conception and realisation may be enormous, as vast as the distance between the stars.

Robert Beer

Source: The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on reality, zen, and emptiness

What is Reality?  An icicle forming in fire.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on spirituality, emptiness, thomas merton, and self-actualization

Every moment and every event of every man's life on earth plants something in his soul. For just as the wind carries thousands of winged seeds, so each moment brings with it germs of spiritual vitality that come to rest imperceptibly in the minds and wills of men. Most of these unnumbered seeds perish and are lost, because men are not prepared to receive them: for such seeds as these cannot spring up anywhere except in the good soil of freedom, spontaneity and love.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

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A Quote by Thomas Merton on spirituality, emptiness, thomas merton, self-actualization, and dharma

God utters me like a word containing a partial thought of him. A word will never be able to comprehend the voice that utters it. But if I am true to the concept that God utters in me, if I am true to the thought of Him that I was meant to embody, I shall be full of his actuality and find him everywhere in myself, and find myself nowhere.

Thomas Merton (1915 - 1968)

Source: New Seeds of Contemplation

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A Quote by Ted Nelson on complexity, inter-being, and emptiness

Intertwingularity is not generally acknowledged - people keep pretending they can make things deeply hierarchical, categorizable and sequential when they can't. Everything is deeply intertwingled.

Ted Nelson

Source: http://www.jefallbright.net/quotes?from=225

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A Quote by huang-po on buddhist and emptiness

Men are afraid to forget their minds, fearing to fall through the Void with nothing to stay their fall. They do not know that the Void is not really void, but the realm of the real Dharma.


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A Quote by Ken Wilber on wilber, simple feeling, evolution, spirit, emptiness, time, and space

Evolution occurs in the world of time and space and form, whereas Spirit's primordial nature is finally timeless and Formless, prior to the of evolution but not other to it. We do not find Spirit or Emptiness by reaching some evolutionary Omega point in time, but rather by stepping off the cycle of time and evolution altogether (or ceasing to contract into it).

Ken Wilber

Source: The Simple Feeling of Being : Embracing Your True Nature, Pages: 109

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A Quote by Longchenpa on emptiness and laughter

Since everything is but an apparition, having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection, one may well burst out in laughter


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A Quote by Ken Wilber on divine, emptiness, awareness, kosmos, god, and love

Indeed, indeed: let the self-contraction relax into the empty ground of its own awareness, and let it there quietly die. See the Kosmos arise in its place, dancing madly and divine, self-luminous and self-liberating, intoxicated by a Light that never dawns nor ceases.  See the worlds arise and fall, never caught in time or turmoil, transparent images, shimmering in the radiant Abyss. Watch the mountain walk on water, drink the Pacific in a single gulp, blink and a billion universes rise and fall, breathe out and create a Kosmos, breathe in and watch it dissolve. ....And this earth becomes a blessed being, and every I becomes a God, and every We becomes God's sincerest worship, and every It becomes God's most gracious temple......And I-I rise to taste the dawn, and find that love alone will shine today.  And the Shining says: to love it all, and love it madly, and always endlessly, and ever fiercely, to love without choice and thus enter the All, to love it mindlessly and thus be the All, embracing the only and radiant Divine: now as Emptiness, now as Form together and forever, the Godless search undone, and love alone will shine today.

Ken Wilber

Source: Sex, Ecology, Spirituality : The Spirit of Evolution, Second Edition, Pages: 523

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A Quote by Francisco J. Varela on compassion, sunyata, emptiness, bodhicitta, relative bodhicitta, and absolute bodhicitta

When dicussing wisdom from the point of view of  compassion, the Sanskrit term often used is bodhicitta, which has been variously translated as "enlightened mind," "the heart of the enlightened state of mind," or simply "awakened heart."  Bodhicitta is said to have two aspects, one absolute and one relative.  Absolute bodhicitta is the term applied to whatever state is considered ultimate or fundamental in a given Buddhist tradition - the experience of the groundlessness of sunyata or the (positively defined) sudden glimpse of the natural, awake state itself.  Relative bodhicitta is that fundamental warmth toward teh phenomenal world that practitioners report arises from absolute experience and that manifests iteself as concern for the welfare of others beyond merely naive compassion.

Francisco J. Varela

Source: The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience, Pages: 249..250

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