When we look at this piece of wood, we have a perception concerning this piece of wood. This piece of wood is itself, and we do not really know what it’s nature is. We just have an idea about this piece of wood, we only have an idea. Our perception of this piece of wood and this piece of wood itself, are very different from each other.

— Thich Nat Hahn

Buddha did not limp for duty or crawl for charity.
From my views on religion
Does a dog have Buddha nature
water is water.
Soup won’t burn –
Spiders can’t get outa sinks – Haiku?
Brew more tea

— Haiku-Koan by Jack Kerouac

From We Are Transmitters

Give and it shall be given to you.
But giving life is not so easy.
It doesn’t mean handing it out to some mean fool,
or letting the living dead eat you up.
It means kindling the life quality where it was not,
even if it is only in the whiteness of a washed pocket handkerchief.

— D.H.Lawrence

There is something formless yet complete
That existed before Heaven and Earth.
How still how empty!
Dependent on nothing unchanging,
All pervading, unfailing.
One may think of it as the Mother of all things under heaven.
I do not know it’s name but I call it “meaning.”
If I had to give it a name I should call it “The Great.”

— La-tzu

Meditation isn’t an escape from the instinctual world, but an opening up to it; it’s a way of understanding the world, apart from the reactions of indulgence or suppression.

— Venerable Ajahn Summedho

Quotes

You shouldn’t chase after the past or place expectations on the future.
What is past is left behind.
The future is as yet unreached.
Whatever quality is present you clearly see right there, right there.
Not taken in, unshaken, that’s how you develop the heart.
Ardently doing what should be done today, for — who knows? — tomorrow death.
There is no bargaining with Mortality & his mighty horde.
Whoever lives thus ardently, relentlessly both day & night, has truly had an auspicious day: so says the Peaceful Sage.

— The Buddha