understanding

A Quote by Derrick Jensen on creativity, spiritual, joy, understanding, negative experience, rejecting life, celebrate life, and community

“Negative experiences can lead to joy and understanding. Life is
untidy. When we reject this messiness - & in so doing reject life -
we risk perceiving the world through the lens of our economics or our
sciences. But if we celebrate life with all its contradictions, embrace
it, experience it, and ultimately live with it, there is a chance for a
spiritual life filled not only with pain and untidiness, but also with
joy, community, and creativity.”
                                         
Derrick Jensen
                                          
A language Older Than Words

Derrick Jensen

Source: A language Older Than Words

Contributed by: Peggy J

A Quote by Henry Chang on tao, heart, understanding, and oral zen

The true "Way" cannot be used to look into the heart of another, and can only be appreciated and found on one's own. What others say is but "oral Zen" -- Zen not practiced but simply preached or talked about.

Henry Chang

Source: Introduction to the Heart Sutra

Contributed by: Jessica

A Quote by Benjamin Hoff on tao, understanding, and scholars

A well-frog cannot imagine the ocean, nor can a summer insect conceive of ice. How then can a scholar understand the Tao? He is restricted by his own learning.

Benjamin Hoff

Source: The Tao of Pooh

Contributed by: Siona

A Quote by Lao Tzu on teachings, tao, heart, and understanding

My teachings are easy to understand
and easy to put into practice.
Yet your intellect will never grasp them,
and if you try to practice them, you'll fail.

My teachings are older than the world.
How can you grasp their meaning?

If you want to know me,
look inside your heart.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, mastery, understanding, and knowledge

Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.

The more you know,
the less you understand.

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, mastery, understanding, and knowledge

Without opening your door,
you can open your heart to the world.
Without looking out your window,
you can see the essence of the Tao.

The more you know,
the less you understand.

The Master arrives without leaving,
sees the light without looking,
achieves without doing a thing.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, mind, and understanding

Can you coax your mind from its wandering
and keep to the original oneness?
Can you let your body become
supple as a newborn child's?
Can you cleanse your inner vision
until you see nothing but the light?
Can you love people and lead them
without imposing your will?
Can you deal with the most vital matters
by letting events take their course?
Can you step back from you own mind
and thus understand all things?

Giving birth and nourishing,
having without possessing,
acting with no expectations,
leading and not trying to control:
this is the supreme virtue.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Lao Tzu on tao, naming, real, and understanding

The tao that can be told
is not the eternal Tao
The name that can be named
is not the eternal Name.

The unnamable is the eternally real.
Naming is the origin
of all particular things.

Free from desire, you realize the mystery.
Caught in desire, you see only the manifestations.

Yet mystery and manifestations
arise from the same source.
This source is called darkness.

Darkness within darkness.
The gateway to all understanding.

Lao Tzu (c.604 - 531 B.C.)

Source: Tao Te Ching

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by Richard David Bach on limitation and understanding

Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding.

Richard Bach (1936 -)

Source: Jonathan Livingston Seagull

Contributed by: Gaia Team

A Quote by ESK on judgement, judge, and understanding

Be careful to judge without first understanding.

Eric

Source: Myself

Contributed by: ESK

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