... passing through worldly states without clinging; passing through spiritual states without taking them to be final or absolute...
~ Muso Kokushi (Thomas Cleary)
... People are not selfless by virtue of ignorance and inaction. Even knowledge and action do not compromise their selflessness. They're like fire, ceaselessly in motion, never having a self...
~ from Wenshi's Classic on Reality (trans. by Thomas Clearly, The Way of the World, p.109)
"Those who sincerely practice Buddha Dharma must also serve society... We cannot discriminate between spirituality and our life in society... Without a concern for [others'] welfare, our practice has little meaning."
~ Dalai Lama, in his foreward to Joseph Goldstein's Transforming the Mind
. . . Acquiring the bitter along with the sweet, able to lead and able to follow, accepting both life and death, always responsive yet always tranquil, not moved by things, firm of heart and strong in discipline, one can thereby handle ease, one can thereby rest, one can thereby change adaptively without hindrance, unfixed to any given pattern, uninhibited in any way . . .
Liu I-ming, Awakening to the Tao
"...When our old images break we suffer terribly, but then, when all goes well, new light and heat bring companionship and a humble knowledge of the real...
[T]here is true and false suffering. The breaking of the images abolishes our false pain and makes way for the true to appear. False suffering is a defense against the vigor and tumult of experience. Our true suffering is the shared lot of humanity..."
~ John Tarrant, The Light Inside the Dark, p.45
Tao te ching verse 22:
Crippled becomes whole,
Crooked becomes straight,
Hollow becomes full,
Worn becomes new,
Little becomes more,
Much becomes delusion.
Therefore Sages cling to the One
And take care of this world;
Do not display themselves
And therefore shine;
Do not assert themselves
And therefore stand out;
Do not praise themselves
And therefore succeed;
Are not complacent
And therefore endure;
Do not contend
And therefore no one under heaven
Can contend with them.
The old saying
Crippled becomes whole
Is not empty words.
It becomes whole and returns.
~ from the superb English translation by Addiss and Lombardo