It’s Holy Week for Christians and a good time to dispense a little wisdom, which you can find if you’re looking. I inject a little wisdom into each day with one of those “thought-a-day” calendars. Last year it was the Dalai Lama. This year, it’s Zen, which one wise man defined as “The religion before religion” whatever that means … which is the point … in Zen.
But not all adages come from Zen masters: “To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.”?#34;Henry David Thoreau
Wisdom doesn’t mean “knowing it all”: “When we are not sure, we are alive.”?#34;Graham Greene
“Actually, there is no real teaching at all for you to chew on. But, not believing in yourself, you pick up your baggage and go around to other people’s houses looking for Zen, looking for Tao, looking for mysteries, looking for awakenings, looking for Buddhas, looking for masters, looking for teachers. You think this is searching for the ultimate and you make this into your religion. But this is like running blindly. The more you run, the farther away you are.” ?#34;Foyan
“All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.” ?#34;James Thurber
Wisdom means being truly?#34;as opposed to selectively?#34;”pro-life”: “A human being is a part of the whole called by us ‘the universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separate from the rest?#34;a kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and affection of a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of understanding and compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ?#34;Albert Einstein
“I never look at the masses as my responsibility; I look at the individual. I can love one person at a time?#34;just one, one, one. So you begin. I began?#34;I picked up one person. Maybe if I didn’t pick up that one person, I wouldn’t have picked up 42,000 … The same thing goes for you, the same thing in your family, the same thing in your church, your community. Just begin?#34;one, one, one.” ?#34;Mother Teresa
Wisdom comes from looking within: “How often have you been willing to look at your face in the mirror without being embarrassed? How many times have you tried to shield yourself by reading the newspaper, watching television, or just spacing out? How much have you connected with yourself at all in your whole life?”?#34;Chogyam Trungpa
And outside: “You cannot stay on the summit forever. One climbs and one sees; one descends and one sees no longer, but one has seen. … By the memory of what one saw higher up, when one no longer sees, one can at least still know.” ?#34;Rene Daumal
Above (or maybe below) all, wisdom is about simplicity: “Life is this simple: We are living in a world that is absolutely transparent and the Divine is shining through it all the time. This is not just a nice story or fable. It is true.” ?#34;Thomas Merton
“There is only one way. When we see clearly, there is no difference in the teachings. What is there to lose? What is there to gain? If we gain something, it was there from the beginning. If we lose anything, it is hidden nearby.” ?#34;Ryokan
And one more, not from the calendar, for good measure: “The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time …” ?#34;James Taylor
Have a happy, holy week.