On first principles
Emptiness the starting point.－In order to taste my cup of water you must first empty your cup. My friend, drop all of your preconceived fixed ideas and be neutral. Do you know why this cup is so useful? Because it is empty.
Flow in the process of life.－You can never step in the same water twice, my friend. Like flowing water, life is perpetual movement. There is nothing fixed. Whatever your problems happen to be in the future, remember well that they cannot remain stationary but must move together with your living spirit. Otherwise, you will drift into artificiality or attempt to solidify the ever-flowing. To avoid that, you must change and be flexible. Remember, the usefulness of a cup is in its emptiness.
Life has no frontier.－Life is wide, limitless. There is no border, no frontier.
To live is a constant process of relating.－To live is a constant process of relating, so come on out of that shell of isolation and conclusion, and relate DIRECTLY to what is being said. Bear in mind I seek neither your approval nor to influence you. So do not make up your mind as to “this is this” or “that is that.” I will be more than satisfied if you begin to learn to investigate everything yourself from now on.
Life simply is.－Living exists when life lives through us－unhampered in its flow, for he who is living is not conscious of living and, in this, is the life it lives. Life lives; and in the living flow, no questions are raised. The reason is that life is a living now! So, in order to live life wholeheartedly, the answer is life simply is.
Life－for its own sake.－Realize the fact that you simply “live” and not “live for.”
The meaning of life.－The meaning of life is that it is to be lived, and it is not to be traded and conceptualized and squeezed into a pattern of systems.
Life is the effect of feelings.－life is simply what our feelings do to us.
The meaning of life.－All in all, the goal of my planning and doing is to find the true meaning in life－peace of mind. In order to achieve this peace of mind, the teaching of detachment of Taoism and Zen proved to be valuable.
The secret of life.－The aphorism “as a man thinketh in his heart so is he”*contains the secret of life. James Allen further added “A man is literally what he thinks.” This might be a shocking statement, but everything is a state of mind.
*Note: This is also found in Proverbs 23:7 which says “As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Meaning is found in relationship.－Meaning is the relationship of the foreground figure to the background.
Manipulation and control are not the ultimate joy of life.－We realize that manipulation and control are not the ultimate joy of life－to become real, to learn to take a stand, to develop one’s center, to the support of our total personality, a release to spontaneity－yes, yes, yes!
The essence of life.－The essence: free movement of spirit. Original essence.
Violence is a part of life.－It should be remembered that violence and aggression is part of everyday life now. You see it over the TV. You can’t just pretend that it does not exist.
The principle of life.－Life is never stagnation. It is a constant movement, unrhythmic movement, as well as constant change. Things live by moving and gain strength as they go.
Life is sometimes unpleasant.－Life is an ever-flowing process and somewhere on the path some unpleasant things will pop up－it might leave a scar, but then life is flowing, and like running water, when it stops it grows stale. Go bravely on, my friend, because each experience teaches us a lesson. Keep blasting because life is such that sometimes it is nice and sometimes it is not.
The pendulum of life must have balance.－Only sober moderation lasts, and that persists through all time. Only the midpart of anything is preserved because the pendulum of life must have balance, and the midpart is the balance.
Pliability is life.－Be pliable. When a man is living, he is soft and pliable; when he is dead, he becomes rigid. Pliability is life; rigidity is death, whether one speaks of man’s body, his mind, or his spirit.
Life as educator.－Life itself is your teacher, and you are in a state of constant learning.
To live is to create.－To live is to express, and to express you have to create. Creation is never merely repetition. To live is to express oneself freely in creation.
The process of life.－Since life is an ever-evolving process, one should flow in this process and discover how to actualize and expand oneself.
The oneness of life.－The oneness of all life is a truth that can be fully realized only when false notions of a separate self－whose destiny can be considered apart from the WHOLE－are forever annihilated.
The life of perfection is the simple life.－A simple life is one of plainness, in which profit is discarded, cleverness abandoned, selfishness eliminated, and desires reduced. It is the life of perfection which seems to be incomplete, and of fullness which seems to be empty. It is the life which is as bright as light, but does not dazzle. In short, it is a life of harmony, unity , contentment , tranquility, constancy, enlightenment, peace, and long life.
Life must be understood from moment to moment.－Life is something for which there is no answer; it must be understood from moment to moment－the answer we find inevitably conforms to the pattern of what we think we know.
Enjoy yourself.－Remember my friend to enjoy your planning as well as your accomplishment, for life is too short for negative energy.
Existence and anti-existence.－What is the opposite of existence? The immediate answer would be “nonexistence,” but this is incorrect. The opposite would be anti-existence, just as the opposite of matter is antimatter.
Existence precedes consciousness.－The primary reality is not what I think, but that I live, for those also live who do not think. Although this living may not be a real living. God! What contradictions when we seek to join in wedlock life and reason!
Existence is dynamic.－This state is far from static, it is a being without continuity.
“Sum, ergo cogito.”－The truth is “Sum, ergo cogito;” “I am, therefore I think,” although not everything that is thinks. Is not conscious thinking above all consciousness of being? Is pure thought possible, without consciousness of self, without personality? Can there exist pure knowledge without feeling, without that species of materiality which feeling lends to it? Do we not perhaps feel thought, and do we not feel ourselves in the act of knowing and willing?
The fundamental relationship between existence and cognition.－To doubt is to think, and thought is the only thing in the universe whose existence cannot be denied, because to deny is to think. When one says that thought exists, it automatically includes saying that one exists because there is no thought that does not contain as one of its elements a subject who thinks.
On past, present, and future.－My friend, do think of the past in terms of those memories of events and accomplishments which were pleasant, rewarding, and satisfying. The present? Well, think of it in terms of challenges and opportunities, and the rewards available for the application of your talents and energies. As for the future, that is a time and a place where every worthy ambition you possess is within your grasp.
The timeless moment.－The “moment” has no yesterday or tomorrow. It is not the result of thought and therefore has no time.
Knowledge, knowing, and time.－Knowledge, surely, is always of time, whereas knowing is not of time. Knowledge is from a source, from an accumulation, from a conclusion, while knowing is a movement.
To be free of the bonds of time.－To realize freedom the mind has to learn to look at life, which is vast movement, without the bondage of time, for freedom lies beyond the field of consciousness－care for watching, but don’t stop and interpret “I am free,” then you’re living in a memory of something that has gone.
Time spent vs. time wasted.－To spend time is to pass it in a specified manner. To waste time is to expend it thoughtlessly or carelessly. We all have time to either spend or waste, and it is our decision what to do with it. But once passed, it is gone forever.
The value of time.－Time means a lot to me because, you see, I, too, an also a learner and am often lost in the joy of forever developing and simplifying. If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.
Time and philosophy.－My only problem these days is time. I find myself dashing back and forth between Los Angeles and Hong Kong four and five times a year. It is a very schizophrenic way to make a living, but then, that’s what University of Washington philosophy courses prepare you for, I suppose.
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