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Zen ... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.

ALAN WATTS, The Way of Zen

Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.

ALAN WATTS, attributed, Use The Force: A Jedi's Guide to the Law of Attraction

Zen is really extraordinarily simple as long as one doesn't try to be cute about it or beat around the bush! Zen is simply the sensation and the clear understanding ... that there is behind the multiplicity of events and creatures in this universe simply one energy -- and it appears as you, and everything is it. The practice of Zen is to understand that one energy so as to "feel it in your bones."

ALAN WATTS, What Is Zen?

You are a function of what the whole universe is doing in the same way that a wave is a function of what the whole ocean is doing.

ALAN WATTS, attributed, The Book of Drugs: A Memoir

And if I forget how many times I have been here, and in how many shapes, this forgetting is the necessary interval of darkness between every pulsation of light. I return in every baby born.

ALAN WATTS, The Book on the Taboo Against Knowing Who You Are

This is the real secret of life -- to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize that it is play.

ALAN WATTS, The Essence of Alan Watts

In Zen, poverty is voluntary, and considered not really as poverty so much as simplicity, freedom, unclutteredness.

ALAN WATTS, What Is Zen?


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