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Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.

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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.

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Outwardly, I am one apple among many. Inwardly, I am the Tree.

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The truth is revealed by removing things that stand in its light, an art not unlike sculpture, in which the artist creates, not by building, but by hacking away.

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The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.

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When we wake up in bed on Monday morning and think of the various hurdles we’ve got to jump that day, immediately we feel sad. Bored and bothered. Whereas actually we’re just lying in bed.

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Psychedelic experience is only a glimpse of genuine mystical insight, but a glimpse which can be matured and deepened by the various ways of meditation in which drugs are no longer necessary or useful. If you get the message, hang up the phone. For psychedelic drugs are simply instruments, like microscopes, telescopes, and telephones. The biologist does not sit with eye permanently glued to the microscope, he goes away and works on what he has seen.

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We are living in a culture entirely hypnotized by the illusion of time, in which the so-called present moment is felt as nothing but an infinitesimal hairline between an all-powerfully causative past and an absorbingly important future. We have no present. Our consciousness is almost completely preoccupied with memory and expectation. We do not realize that there never was, is, nor will be any other experience than present experience.
We are therefore out of touch with reality. We confuse the world as talked about, described, and measured with the world which actually is. We are sick with a fascination for the useful tools of names and numbers, of symbols, signs, conceptions and ideas.

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We could say that meditation doesn’t have a reason or doesn’t have a purpose. In this respect it’s unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don’t do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.

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What I'm saying is, watch out, for your social conditioning, and how your constant commerce in language with other people shapes the way in which you actually sense the world.

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A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.

~ Alan Watts

...from 'Alan Watts Teaches Meditation' (1992)

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But I'll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you'll come to understand that you're connected with everything.

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Life is like music for its own sake. We are living in an eternal now, and when we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded present.

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Every individual is an expression of the whole realm of Nature, a unique action of the total Universe.

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The child as child doesn't know how to play the adult game, the power game. And so must be educated to learn what's what. But when he's mastered that game he realizes it has no rewards. That all those things are not worth having.

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If you are intelligent and reasonable, you can not be the product of a mechanical and meaningless universe.

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You are just as much the dark space beyond death as you are the light interval called life. These are just two sides of you because ‘You’ is the total wave.

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Jesus Christ knew he was God. So wake up and find out eventually who you really are. In our culture, of course, they'll say you're crazy and you're blasphemous, and they'll either put you in jail or in a nut house (which is pretty much the same thing). However if you wake up in India and tell your friends and relations, `My goodness, I've just discovered that I'm God,' they'll laugh and say, `Oh, congratulations, at last you found out'.

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I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is

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The hallucination of being a separate ego will not stand up to biological tests

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Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them.

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I'm terribly puzzled about the way people go out of their way to disenjoy themselves. They take so much trouble about it.

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