The attainment of wholeness requires one to stake one’s whole being. Nothing
less will do; there can be no easier conditions, no substitutes, no


Do you have the patience to wait

till your mud settles and the water is clear?

Can you remain unmoving

Till the right action rises by itself?

–Lao Tzu

One merges into another, groups melt into ecological groups until the time
when what we know as life meets and enters what we think of as non-life:
barnacle and rock, rock and earth, earth and tree, tree and rain and air….
And it is a strange thing that most of the feeling we call religious, most
of the mystical outcrying which is one of the most prized and used and
desired reactions of our species, is really the understanding and the
attempt to say that man is related to the whole thing, related inextricably
to all reality, known and unknowable. This is a simple thing to say, but the
profound feeling of it made a Jesus, a St. Augustine, a St. Francis, a Roger
Bacon, a Charles Darwin, and an Einstein. Each of them in his own tempo and
with his own voice discovered and reaffirmed with astonishment the knowledge
that all things are one thing and that one thing is all things-plankton, a
shimmering phosphorescence on the sea and spinning planets and the expanding
universe, all bound together by the elastic string of time.



Don’t go outside your house to see the flowers.

My friend, don’t bother with that excursion.

Inside your body there are flowers.

One flower has a thousand petals.

That will do for a place to sit.

Sitting there you will have a glimpse of beauty

inside the body and out of it,

before gardens and after gardens.


The Master sees things as they are,

without trying to control them.

She lets them go their own way,

And resides at the center of the circle.

–Lao Tzu


“When I was a Buddhist, it drove my parents and friends crazy, but when I am a buddha, nobody is upset at all.”