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“Some "humans" need to evolve into animals first as the highest form of their "saintship" if they aspire to sainthood but have never put much effort into becoming really human in the first place- my apologies to all wonderful animals that may feel degraded by being compared to the "humans" - animals, who still have much more humanity in them than the "humans".”
“There once was this Zen master sitting on a small stone bench, studying his small Japanese rock garden...
There are only five rocks in the master's garden. Each was chosen for its individual perfection, as well as its unique relationship to the other stones. One day a visitor comes to the garden. The visitor steps slowly around the tiny space, contemplating the rake-grooved gravel and the stones. Eventually the visitor turns to the Zen master and exclaims, "It is perfect." The Zen master shakes his head solemnly and says, "No, it will be perfect when there are only three stones."”
“It is the simplest and the least expensive things in life such as a walk in the park, early morning sun on your skin, the sensation of the breathe caressing your skin, breathing the fresh air after the rain that are the most precious things in life.”
“There was once a man in China who liked pictures of dragons. His clothing and his furniture were therefore accordingly adorned with dragons. This deep affection for their kind was brought to the attention of the Dragon Lord, who one day sent a real dragon to stand outside the man's window. It is said that he probably died of fright.”
“Really, the fundamental, ultimate mystery -- the only thing you need to know to understand the deepest metaphysical secrets -- is this: that for every outside there is an inside and for every inside there is an outside, and although they are different, they go together.”
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought, pain follows him. If a man speaks or acts with a pure thought, happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him.”