A Quote by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki on silence


The object is to inform readers to various literay materials relating to monastery life.  It also tells about those edicts which Zen monks read before the Buddha in daily service in the different quarters of institution - following on from Introduction to Zen Buddhism

Preface to first edition - Kyoto - August 1935

Daisetz Suzuki

Source: Manual of Zen Buddhism

Contributed by: Michael

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on friendship, communication, silence, listening, and absence

Your friend is your needs answered.
He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.
And he is your board and your fireside.
For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.
If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.
For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?
Seek him always with hours to live.
For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.
And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.
For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet, pp. 58-59 (On Friendship)

Contributed by: Zengirl

A Quote by Audre Lorde on courage, silence, death, power, and confidence

In becoming forcibly and essentially aware of my mortality, and of what I wished and wanted for my life, however short it might be, priorities and omissions became strongly etched in a merciless light, and what I most regretted were my silences.  Of what had I ever been afraid?  To question or to speak as I believed could have meant pain, or death.  But we all hurt in so many different ways, all the time, and pain will either change or end.  Death, on the other hand, is the final silence.  And that might be coming quickly, now, without regard for whether I had ever spoken what needed to be said, or had only betrayed myself into small silences, while I planned someday to speak, or waited for someone else's words.  And I began to recognize a source of power within myself that comes from the knowledge that while it is most desirable not to be afraid, learning to put fear into perspective gave me great strength.

Audre Lorde

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Audre Lorde on courage, fear, silence, and openness

What are the words you do not yet have? What do you need to say? What are the tyrannies you swallow day by day and attempt to make your own, until you will sicken and die of them, still in silence?

Audre Lorde

Source: Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (Crossing Press Feminist Series)

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Christopher Pike on wonder, joy, bliss, silence, knowledge, and understanding

There is a difference between a question and a wonder.  I would prefer to answer only questions that will be useful to you.  A child looks up at the starry sky at night and wonders.  He is filled with the joy of the mystery of creation.  Why should I explain everything to you and take away that joy?  I will not.  The purpose of my words is to create silence, to create joy.  I am not here to stuff your head full of knowledge.  A child starts out innocent.  You ask him something and he says, "I don't know."  Then that child grows up and thinks he knows everything.  I'll teach you something, both of you.  I'll teach you to say, "I don't know," and be glad.  That is true knowledge.

Christopher Pike

Source: Sati

Contributed by: Tsuya

A Quote by Kahlil Gibran on listening, words, meaning, peace, silence, thought, bird, talking, fly, speaking, solitutde, meditation, chatter, gossip, and drapery talk

You talk when you cease to be at peace with your thoughts;
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
And in much of your talking, thinking is half murdered.
For thought is a bird of space, that in a cage of words may indeed unfold its wings but cannot fly.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 - 1931)

Source: The Prophet: 26 poetic essays, Pages: 60 (On Talking)

Contributed by: Joy Bringer

A Quote by Carlos Castaneda on silence and struggle

The warrior: silent in his struggle, undetainable because he has nothing to lose, functional and efficacious because he has everything to gain.

Carlos Castaneda (1931 -)

Source: Separate Reality

Contributed by: Brian

A Quote by Dr. Deepak Chopra on creativity, inspiration, knowledge, learning, poets, reflection, silence, stability, sufi, and teachers

Silence is the great teacher, and to learn its lessons you must pay attention to it. There is no substitute for the creative inspiration, knowledge, and stability that come from knowing how to contact your core of inner silence. The great Sufi poet Rumi wrote, ''Only let the moving waters calm down, and the sun and moon will be reflected on the surface of your being.

Deepak Chopra

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Zenkei Shibayama on earth, eternity, glory, life, place, silence, truth, and world

Silently a flower blooms,
In silence it falls away;
Yet here now, at this moment, at this place,
     The world of the flower, the whole of
     the world is blooming.
This is the talk of the flower, the truth
     of the blossom;
The glory of eternal life is fully shining here.

Zenkei Shibayama

Source: The Earth Speaks: An Acclimatization Journal

Contributed by: Zaady

A Quote by Yehuda L. Bialer on children, death, deed, disaster, eternity, generations, heart, holocaust, people, silence, sons, spirit, and tyranny

Son of man, keep not silent, forget not deeds of tyranny. Cry out at the disaster of a people, recount it unto your children and they unto theirs. From generation to generation the hordes swept in, ran wild and savage and there was no deliverance, valiance, and revolt. How the mighty are fallen, the great in spirit and stout of heart, walking to their death with a halo of eternity. (reference to the Holocaust)

Yehuda L. Bialer

Contributed by: Zaady

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