Sunday, July 22, 2007

Thich Nhat Hanh and Oregon's Kesey

Thich Nhat Hanh is a world famous Vietnamese monk, author/poet.

Just a couple short quotes from his book, "True Love"

"Maitri...can be translated as loving-kindness, or benevolence. Loving-kindness is not only the desire to make someone happy, to bring joy to a beloved person; it is the ability to bring joy and happiness to the person you love, because even if your intention is to love this person, your love might make him or her suffer."

Quoting the Buddha, "The past is no longer there, the future is not here yet; there is only one moment in which life is available and that is the present moment."

On Reconciliation, "...act according to the principle of non-violence. This is because I know that I am happiness and that I am also suffering, that I am understanding and that I am also ignorance. For this reason, I must take care of both these aspects. I must not discriminate against one of them...I know that each of them is vitally necessary for the other."

Just for fun, some quotes from "Sometimes A Great Notion" by Ken Kesey.

"No demons, but no teammates either. Seemed it was always like that.
A person might almost think they were the same thing." -Leland Stamper, p 489

"Weakness is true and real. I used to accuse the kid [Leland] of faking his weakness. But faking proves the weakness is real. Or you wouldn't be so weak as to fake it. No, you can't ever fake being weak. You can only fake being strong..." -Hank Stamper, p 527

"For the reverberation often exceeds through silence the sound that sets it off; the reaction occasionally outdoes by way of repose the event that stimulated it; and the past not uncommonly takes a while to happen, and some long time to figure out." -Kesey, p 529

Both excellent books.