"This is the most important teaching: not two and not one. Our body and mind are not two and not one. If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one. […] And even though we say mind and body, they are actually two sides of one coin. This is the right understanding."
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind
"The transformation of consciousness undertaken in Taoism and Zen is more like the correction of faulty perception or the curing of a disease. It is not an acquisitive process of learning more and more facts or greater and greater skills, but rather than unlearning of wrong habits and opinions. As Lao-tzu said, ‘The scholar gains every day, but the Taoist loses every day."
— Alan Watts, The Joyous Cosmology (via samsaranmusing)
"A special transmission outside the Scriptures;
No dependence upon words and letters;
Direct pointing to the soul of man;
Seeing into one’s own nature."
— Bodhidharma (via floydkelley)