Wednesday, December 31, 2008

[OceanofDharma] Quotes of the Week: Nonaction Is the Source of All Action

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

December 31, 2008 


Real peace is nonaction; that is the source of all action. We have to learn how to be a rock in order to be a tree or a flower or wind or lightning or a typhoon. We have to be still; then we go beyond that. Therefore sitting practice is very important. (In meditation) we are not particularly training ourselves to destroy or conquer the world. We are trying to relate to the world in the same way that we relate to the birth of our first child or, for that matter, to our own orgasm -- which happens, I hope, when we make love. Anything active that happens has some relationship to that very stillness. That stillness is not vacant or deadly; it is fully of energy, automatically.

Thanks to  Todd Amodeo for suggesting this quote from "What Is the Heart of the Buddha?" in THE HEART OF THE BUDDHA, page 9.  And apologies to Barry Gruessner, who suggested the last quote, for calling him Bruce.

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