Priests, Shamans, Showmen and Charlatans

panatmansam:

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Since the dawn of time priests have used showmanship and deception to maintain their power. Sleight of hand tricks, monumental architecture, mechanical gadgets and psychotropic drugs were all used. Primitive shamans in the Amazon today use various forms of trickery to “show” disease being…

Woodcutters and fishermen know just how to
use things.
What would they do with fancy chairs and
meditation platforms?
In straw sandals and with bamboo staff, I
roam three thousand worlds,
Dwelling by the water, feasting on the wind,
year after year.

(via abiding-in-peace)

We don’t have a future together. We only have right here, right now.
To the ego, that’s incredibly depressing. But to recognise the utter preciousness of this moment liberates me from the need to possess or control you. In this timelessness, we truly meet.

Jeff Foster (via abiding-in-peace)

Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

Alan Watts (via thecalminside)

To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer.

Mahatma Gandhi (via feellng)

Let your mind be like a tightly woven net to catch emotions and feelings that come, and investigate them before you react.

Ajahn Chah (via abiding-in-peace)