Eastern Philosophy Quotes

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Jack Kornfield
“In the end
these things matter most:
How well did you love?
How fully did you live?
How deeply did you let go?”
Jack Kornfield, Buddha's Little Instruction Book

Mahatma Gandhi
“(When asked what he thought of Western civilization): 'I think it would be a good idea.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Lao Tzu
“As soon as you have made a thought, laugh at it.”
Lao Tzu

Lao Tzu
“Do you have the patience to wait
Till your mud settles and the water is clear?
Can you remain unmoving
Till the right action arises by itself?”
Lao tzu

A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda
“Anyone who is steady in his determination for the advanced stage of spiritual realization and can equally tolerate the onslaughts of distress and happiness is certainly a person eligible for liberation.”
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, The Bhagavad-gita

Alan W. Watts
“when somebody plays music, you listen. you just follow those sounds, and eventually you understand the music. the point can't be explained in words because music is not words, but after listening for a while, you understand the point of it, and that point is the music itself. in exactly the same way, you can listen to all experiences.”
Alan Wilson Watts, Still the Mind: An Introduction to Meditation

Aldous Huxley
“The man who wishes to know the "that" which is "thou" may set to work in any one of three ways. He may begin by looking inwards into his own particular thou and, by a process of "dying to self" --- self in reasoning, self in willing, self in feeling --- come at last to knowledge of the self, the kingdom of the self, the kingdom of God that is within. Or else he may begin with the thous existing outside himself, and may try to realize their essential unity with God and, through God, with one another and with his own being. Or, finally (and this is doubtless the best way), he may seek to approach the ultimate That both from within and from without, so that he comes to realize God experimentally as at once the principle of his own thou and of all other thous, animate and inanimate.”
Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy

“As soon as we notice that certain types of event "like" to cluster together at certain times, we begin to understand the attitude of the Chinese, whose theories of medicine, philosophy, and even building are based on a "science" of meaningful coincidences. The classical Chinese texts did not ask what causes what, but rather what "likes" to occur with what.”
M.-L. von Franz

Lao Tzu
“The Formless Way
We look at it, and do not see it; it is invisible.
We listen to it, and do not hear it; it is inaudible.
We touch it, and do not feel it; it is intangible.
These three elude our inquiries, and hence merge into one.

Not by its rising, is it bright,
nor by its sinking, is it dark.
Infinite and eternal, it cannot be defined.
It returns to nothingness.
This is the form of the formless, being in non-being.
It is nebulous and elusive.

Meet it, and you do not see its beginning.
Follow it, and you do not see its end.
Stay with the ancient Way
in order to master what is present.
Knowing the primeval beginning is the essence of the Way.”
Tao Te Ching - Translated by S. Beck

Allan Lokos
“Compassion is not complete if it does not include oneself.”
Allan Lokos, Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living

“When affirmation and negation came into being, Tao faded. After Tao faded, then came one-sided attachments. ”
Chuang Tzu

Ramana Maharshi
“Does a man who is acting on the stage in a female part forget that he is a man? Similarly, we too must play our parts on the stage of life, but we must not identify ourselves with those parts.”
Ramana Maharshi, Be As You Are

“One of the strategies which atheists adopt is proving the non-existence of God by demonstrating that He is not divine. ‘There is so much bad happening in this world, if God is out there would he allow all of that?’ It is a fallacy. A true atheist doesn’t want to prove that God is evil. A true atheist should, instead, prove God doesn’t exist at all. It’s laughable. I mean, I can understand westerners using this strategy, for according to the Judeo-Christian tradition, God is considered divine. There is a clear difference between the agents of evil and the agents of good. But if you are someone who has the privilege of knowing eastern philosophy, and you still take this path, which is proving the non-existence of God by proving he is evil, it’s funny and laughable, and a sign of ignorance.”
Abhaidev, The Gods Are Not Dead

Tobe Hanson
“I believe in not trying to control things that are out of my control or none of my business.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Tobe Hanson
“I believe there are only three businesses: my business, other people's business, and God's business.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Lao Tzu
“Practice emptiness to the extreme.
Keep stillness whole.
Myriad things act in concert.
I therefore watch their return.
All things flourish, and each returns to its root.

Return to the root is called Quietude.
Quietude is called Way of Life.
Way of Life is called Constant.

Acting without knowing this constant can be harmful.
Understanding this Constant is called receptivity, which is impartial.

Impartiality is Kingship.
Kingship is Heaven.
Heaven is the Tao.

Though you lose the body, you do not die.”
Lao Tzu (author) Yi Ping Ong (Translator)

Ilchi Lee
“The energy body acts as a bridge connecting our physical and spiritual bodies. In order for us to influence transformation of the body and mind, we must first learn to transform the energy flow.”
Ilchi Lee, Healing Chakras: Awaken Your Body's Energy System for Complete Health, Happiness, and Peace

Tobe Hanson
“I believe I will not not die a minute too early or a minute too late, but exactly when I am supposed to.”
Tobe Hanson, The Four Seasons Way of Life:: Ancient Wisdom for Healing and Personal Growth

Michael Kilman
“It has gone nowhere, you have gone somewhere. We are all nowhere until we go somewhere. Your mind is full again, but not because it is empty, you only think it is full.”
Michael Kilman, Upon Stilted Cities: The Battle for Langeles

Incognito  .
“i get lost in my head sometimes
tangled in my thoughts.
it took me years to lose touch with reality
to realize there is no reality.

our thoughts rule our lives.
we have become addicted to our thoughts.
we feel the need to occupy ourselves
and think of more thoughts
to avoid the feeling of boredom;
to avoid being alone with ourselves.”
Incognito ., PARADOX

J. Krishnamurti
“anything truly revolutionary is created by a few who see what is true and are willing to live according to that truth; but to discover what is true demands freedom from tradition, which means freedom from all fears.”
Jiddu Krishnamurti, Think on These Things

Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
“The matter of the Eastern philosophers is not the "matter" of the Western metaphysicians.”
H.P. Blavatsky, The Secret Doctrine, Vol. 1 of 4

“Look at this leaf. When you’re standing close to it you can see every single detail of the leaf. You may think that it’s important to see things, like this leaf, up close but that is an incorrect notion because it is also important to view things from afar. That’s why it is necessary to look at all perspectives of an issue or of an object.
--The Unnamed Samurai (Chapter 5)”
Melissa Rose Lawrence, The Autumnal Winds

Anne Clendening
“When you're in the clutches of a drinking problem you don't really sit around thinking, I should really knock this shit off and go get my Eastern philosophy on. On your to-do list, pursuing a higher state of consciousness doesn't really rank. It's more like, put on Led Zeppelin 4 and hand me some of that Root Beer Schnapps.”
Anne Clendening, Bent: How Yoga Saved My Ass

Jun'ichirō Tanizaki
“V'è, in noi Orientali, un'inclinazione ad accettare i limiti, e le circostanze, della vita. Ci rassegniamo all'ombra così com'è, e senza repulsione. La luce è fievole? Lasciamo che le tenebre ci inghiottano, e scopriamo loro una beltà.”
Tanizaki Jun’ichirô

“You can't pluck even my hairs until I am alive, once I am dead, gather them and keep it in your museum in the name of God”
P.S. Jagadeesh Kumar

“Our God and Lord taught us to Celebrate -Celebrate His Life in Us and live reminiscent of His Promise ,that we shall reign with Him forever. We live each day basking in that promise which is eternally everlasting to everlasting that whosoever believes in HIM ( Lord Jesus Christ, Yahshua Maschiach) shall never perish but gain eternal life.
That is the 'Power' and 'Promise' of our God. As One in Him,we owe each other the debt of love.”
Henrietta Newton Martin - Legal Counsel & Author

“I am too mediocre to be now at Oxford (Apeejay House) and on going at India's best site in Publishing Interview of Authors.”
Rituparna Ray Chaudhuri, Realization (Documents Based on Self-Scholarly Effects with Google Scholar Citations.): William Shakespeare, Rabindranath Tagore and John Keats: On Selected Works of the Legends.

Pema Chödrön
“Let yourself fall apart into wakefulness. The strength comes from the fact that the seed is already there; with warmth and moisture it sprouts and becomes visible above the ground. You find yourself looking like a daffodil, or feeling like one, anyway. The practice is about softening or relaxing, but it's also about precision and seeing clearly. None of that implies searching. Searching for happiness prevents us from ever finding it.”
Pema Chodron

Kakuzō Okakura
“The East and the West, like two dragons tossed in a sea of ferment, in vain strive to regain the jewel of life. We need a Niuka again to repair the grand devastation; we await the great Avatar. Meanwhile, let us have a sip of tea. The afternoon glow is brightening the bamboos, the fountains are bubbling with delight, the
soughing of the pines is heard in our kettle. Let us dream of evanescence and linger in the beautiful foolishness of things.”
Kakuzō Okakura, The Book of Tea

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