"No prophets’ verses can define or circumscribe what is divine
Words fail to capture what is true for truth evolves as all things do"
“All Is One” from the Journey to the West musical.
I really like this song. It has its trite lines, but it also has a number of good moments. The idea that “truth evolves as all things do” resonates very strongly for me.
"In dealing with challenges, we must not let practical difficulties destroy our state of mind. For example, if you put a heavy object, weighing perhaps one or two hundred pounds, in front of a mirror, the heavy thing will be clearly reflected, but without the heaviness. In the same way, we can’t prevent ourselves from experiencing life’s difficulties, but we can experience them as if they are reflections in a mirror— clearly reflected without weighing us down."
— The Gyalwang Karmapa (as reconstructed by several people’s notes, see below link)
"In the early ’90s at a Western teachers meeting with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, two prominent Western practitioners, Jetsun Tenzin Palmo and Sylvia Wetzel, invited His Holiness and the other senior teachers to listen while the terrible conditions for nuns were described to them. Then Sylvia offered a guided visualization where all the male images that surrounded them, the teachers, gurus, even the Dalai Lama himself, were transformed into the form of women. Men were welcome to participate, but were asked to sit in the back and help with the cooking. It was a powerful moment for all at the meeting, particularly when His Holiness really “got” how deeply diesmpowering the lack of support and the male shaping of Buddhist forms are for women. His response was to lean his head on his hands and weep."
— Jack Kornfield, quoted in the summer 2010 issue of Buddhadharma
"The mind is neither good nor evil, but it’s what knows good and knows evil. It’s what does good and does evil. And it’s what lets go of good and lets go of evil."
— Ajaan Lee