All you need is:
3 Tony Parsnips
1 Andrewco Hen (it's
not a vegetarian recipe!)
1 Nice Gadatta
1 of Jerry's Cats (still not
1 Half pint of Dalai Lager
Add yer Shanti
and ET Up
Tasty ... !
by Roy Whenary
"Innovators and men of genius have almost always been regarded as fools at
the beginning (and very often at the end) of their
from Ben Hassine
Once upon a time, a gathering of
sages convened, each speaking their peace:
Zen Master Dogen:
"To follow the buddha completely means you do not have your old views. To hit
the mark completely means you have no new nest in which to
Werner Von Braun: "Basic research is what I am
doing when I don't know what I am doing."
ignorance far exceeds yours."
Socrates: " "As for me,
all I know is I know nothing."
Sri Nisargaddata Maharaj: "I
found myself desiring and knowing less and less, until I could say in utter
astonishment: 'I know nothing, I want nothing.' Earlier I was sure of so many
things, now I am sure of nothing. But I feel I have lost nothing by not knowing,
because all my knowledge was false. My not knowing was in itself knowledge of
the fact that all my knowledge is ignorance, that 'I do not now' is the only
true statement the mind can make....I do not claim to know what you do not. In
fact, I know much less than you do...."
Lao Tzu: "I alone
have the mind of a fool, and am all muddled and vague. The people are so smart
and bright. While I am just dull and confused..........Those who say, do not
know; those who know, do not say.
Alastair Sims, from A Christmas
Carol, 1951: "I don't know what to do!" cried Scrooge, laughing and
crying in the same breath. "I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as
an angel, I am as merry as a schoolboy. I am as giddy as a drunken
man. A merry Christmas to everybody! A happy New Year to all the
world! ...I dont know anything. I never did know anything. But now I
know I dont know anything!
Eckhart Tolle: "I don't
know" is not confusion. Confusion is: "I don't know, but I should know" or "I
don't know, but I need to know." When you let go of the belief that you should
or need to know who you are, what happens to confusion? Suddenly it is gone.
When you fully accept that you don't know, you actually enter a state of peace
and clarity that is closer to who you truly are than thought could ever
Steven Harrison: "We have misunderstood our confusion
when we think there is an answer to it. The confusion is not a result of
questions that are too hard, but rather a questioner who is disintegrating.
Confusion is the introduction to true intelligence."
Adams: "It is the ego that wants to know. When you begin to feel
that you know less, that is a good sign, because you know less about the world
and more about the self. The more confounded you become, the more the ego
Stephen Wingate:"There's nothing to get.
There's nowhere to go. So, can answering questions get you there? When taken to
their logical conclusion, the only honest answer to all questions, including the
questions who am I? What am I? Where am I? When am I? And why am I? is 'I
don't know'. This sense of 'not knowing' is what you are. Everything is born,
lives, and dies in this sense of not knowing. Another name for this sense of not
knowing is awareness. This awareness is what you are. You can never attain this
sense of not knowing, this awareness; you are it. You've always been this sense
of not knowing. You'll always be this sense of not knowing. All questions are
dissolved in you, this sense of not knowing."
"While the world is trying to solve its problems and everyone around you is
engaged in the same, you're not. While everybody around you is trying to figure
it out, trying to arrive, trying to get there, trying to be worthy, you're not.
While everyone thinks that awakening is a grand, noble, halo-enshrouded thing,
for you it's not. While everybody is running from this life right now, in this
moment, to try to get there, you're not. Where everybody has an argument with
somebody else, mostly everybody else, starting with themselves, you don't. Where
everybody is so sure that happiness will come when something is different than
it is now, you know that it won't. When everybody else is looking to achieve the
perfect state and hold on to it, you're not. When everybody around you has a
whole host of ideas and beliefs about a whole variety of things, you
don't....When you're living what you are in an awakened way, being simply what
you've always been, you're actually very simple. You basically sit around
wondering what all the fuss is about...
The knowledge of many things cannot compare with giving up the search. The
sage is one who puts himself outside the range of objectivity. There are not
different kinds of mind, and there is no doctrine which can be taught."
As there was no more to be said, everybody walked
From a website by Peter Holleran
For instance, Namkai Norbu, in his book: 'DZOGCHEN: The Self
State' writes (on page 125):
"It is important, in Dzogchen,
to know exactly where one is aiming to
arrive at, but at the same time one
must not ignore one's own
capacity. If one discovers that one's own capacity
is not sufficient
to enable one to live with awareness, then it would be
follow some rules until one's awareness is more developed. If,
example, I like to drink but I know that alcohol is bad for me, then
can simply try to stop drinking. But if, as soon as I see a bottle
alcohol, I experience such strong desire to drink that I can't
myself, this means that I need a precise rule to follow to govern
situation. To recognize this is also a part of our
Notice that Namkai Norbu, one of the foremost Dzogchen
masters in the
world (if not THE foremost master of the subject) doesn't make
philosophical statements about it, and is not worried about
clearly dualistic language. He also doesn't take the view that we
all living in the self-perfected state (Rigpa) therefore we
nothing to do and there is no one here. He talks in terms of
individual doing something to improve the present moment awareness
adopting whatever practice is needed in order to accomplish that
Of course, when there is conscious living in the self-perfected
using dualistic language is not viewed as a problem, or as
with warm regards