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  • Timeless Wisdom

    Nothing to Achieve, Nowhere to Go
    Only our searching for happiness
    prevents us from seeing it.
    It's like a vivid rainbow
    which you pursue without ever catching,
    or a dog chasing its own tail.
    Nothing to do or undo,
    nothing to force,
    nothing to want,
    and nothing is missing.
    			Lama Gendun Rinpoche
    To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search.
    If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao.
    You are all Buddhas.
    There is nothing that you need to achieve.
    Just open your eyes.
    			Siddhartha Gautama
    When I attained Absolute Perfect Enlightenment,
    I attained absolutely nothing. That is why it is
    called 'Absolute Perfect Enlightenment.'
    I obtained not the least thing from unexcelled,
    complete awakening, and for this very reason it
    is called 'unexcelled, complete awakening.'
    			Siddhartha Gautama,
    			Two translations of text
    			from the Vajracchedika
    Reciting mantras or contemplating mind
    Are merely herbs for polishing a mirror. 
    When the dust is removed, 
    They are also wiped away. 
    			Han Shan Te Ch’ing
    Truth is a country without road.
    			J. Krishnamurti
    Wanderer, there is no path. You lay a path in walking.
    			A Spanish poet
    When you speak of a path, where are you now? And where
    do you want to go? If these are known, then we can talk
    of a path. Know first where you are and what you are.
    There is nothing to be reached. There is no goal to be
    reached. There is nothing to be attained. The conception
    that there is a goal and a path to it is wrong. We are the
    goal or peace always. You are the Self. You exist always.
    			Sri Ramana Maharshi 
    The real way circulates everywhere; 
    how could it require 
    practice or enlightenment? 
    The essential teaching is fully available; 
    how could effort be necessary? 
    Furthermore, the entire mirror is 
    free of dust; why take steps to polish it? 
    Nothing is separate from this 
    very place; why journey away? 
    			Dogen (1200-1253)
    To reach truth is not to accumulate knowledge, but
    to awaken to the heart of reality.  Reality reveals itself
    complete and whole at the moment of awakening. In the
    light of awakening, nothing is added and nothing is lost.
    			Thich Nhat Hanh
    			Zen Keys, p. 44
    This is what enlightenment is all about: a deep
    understanding that there is no problem. Then, with no
    problem to solve, what will you do? Immediately you
    start living. You will eat, you will sleep, you will
    love, you will work, you will have a chit-chat, you
    will sing, you will dance. What else is there to do? 
    There is really nothing you must be.
    And there is nothing you must do.
    There is really nothing you must have.
    And there is nothing you must know.
    There is really nothing you must become.
    However, it helps to understand that fire burns,
    and when it rains, the earth gets wet.
    			Japanese Zen scroll

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