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Technology is destructive only in the hands of people who do not realize that they are one and the same process as the universe.
But we try to pretend, you see, that the external world exists altogether independently of us.
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.
But to me nothing - the negative, the empty - is exceedingly powerful.
Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.
Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.
So what is discord at one level of your being is harmony at another level.
You are that vast thing that you see far, far off with great telescopes.
And although our bodies are bounded with skin, and we can differentiate between outside and inside, they cannot exist except in a certain kind of natural environment.
Omnipotence is not knowing how everything is done; it's just doing it.
And the attitude of faith is the very opposite of clinging to belief, of holding on.
In known history, nobody has had such capacity for altering the universe than the people of the United States of America. And nobody has gone about it in such an aggressive way.
The moralist is the person who tells people that they ought to be unselfish, when they still feel like egos, and his efforts are always and invariably futile.
The ego is nothing other than the focus of conscious attention.
Saints need sinners.
The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.
The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
The difficulty for most of us in the modern world is that the old-fashioned idea of God has become incredible or implausible.
Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.
Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
We identify in our exerience a differentiation between what we do and what happens to us.
So the bodhisattva saves all beings, not by preaching sermons to them, but by showing them that they are delivered, they are liberated, by the act of not being able to stop changing.
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