For the last several weeks I’ve been reading The Dude and the Zen Master, a dialogue between Jeff Bridges and Bernie Glassman. It has taken that long because I’ve needed lots time to stop and reflect.
-Not-knowing, thereby giving up fixed ideas about ourselves and the universe
-Bearing witness to the joy and suffering of the world
-Loving actions towards ourselves and others
Books. They move me. They inspire me. They challenge me. Here are more profound words from some of my favorite writers.
What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you. Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean; they show us how to live and die. Anne Lamott
A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe. Madeleine L’Engle
When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young. Maya Angelou
Books are like mirrors: if a fool looks in, you cannot expect a genius to look out. J.K. Rowling
- The Sixteen Peacemaker Vows (thatbuddha.com)