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Wednesday, July 20, 2005

A World Is Not a World

A name is imposed on what is thought to be a thing or a state and this divides it from other things and other states. But when you pursue what lies behind the name, you find a greater and greater subtlety that has no divisions. Atoms of dust are not really atoms of dust but are merely called that. In the same way, a world is not a world but is merely called that.

-Visuddhi Magga

From "Buddha Speaks," edited by Anne Bancroft, 2000. Reprinted by arrangement with Shambhala Publications, Boston,

James's Comment: This is so true and brings me so much peace and relaxation whenever I think upon this quote. "We" always seem to make our lives so much more complicated then they reall are.

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Zen Unbound said...


This from Ralph Waldo Emerson ...

"We see the world piece by piece, as the sun, the moon, the animal, the tree; but the whole, of which these are the shining parts, is the soul [the Over-Soul, the World Soul].... And this deep power in which we exist and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficient and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one."

-- Tom

"James" said...


Great quote! I love RWE. Good stuff indeed.

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