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Wei Wu Wei quotes

1895 - 1986, Taoist philosopher and author

In order to be effective, truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt.
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Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 per cent of everything you do is for yourself. And there
isn't one.
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Go to the Awakened Masters - and leave all your baggage behind.
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Play your part in the comedy, but don't identify yourself with your role.
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Do you realise that when you give a schilling to a beggar you are giving it to yourself? Do you
realise that when you help a dog over a stile you yourself are being helped? Do you realise
when you kick a man when he is down, you are kicking yourself? Give him another kick, you
deserve it!
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The qualities we possess should never be a matter for satisfaction, but the qualities we have
discarded.
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Living should be perpetual and universal benediction.
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As long as there is a "you" doing or not-doing, thinking or not-thinking, "meditating" or
"not-meditating", you are no closer to home than the day you were born.
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This which is seeking is that which is sought, and that which is sought is this which is
seeking.
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What is your trouble? Mistaken identity.
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The saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.
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Wise men don't judge: They seek to understand.
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There is no mystery whatever - only inability to perceive the obvious.
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Fear, desire, affectivity are manifestations of the pseudo-entity which constitutes
pseudo-bondage. It is the entity, rather than the manifestations thereof, which has to be
eliminated.
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It is less what one is that should matter, than what one is not.
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The practice of meditation is represented by the three monkeys, who cover their eyes, ears
and mouths so as to avoid the phenomenal world. The practice of non-meditation is ceasing
to be the see-er, hearer or speaker while eyes, ears and mouths are fulfilling their function in
daily life.
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Let us live gladly! Quite certainly we are free to do it. Perhaps it is our only freedom, but ours
it is, and it is only phenomenally a freedom. "Living free" is being "as one is." Can we not do it
now? Indeed can we not-do-it? It is not even a "doing": It is beyond doing and not-doing. It is
being as-we-are.
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Are you still thinking, looking, living, as from an imaginary phenomenal centre? As long as you
do that you can never recognise your freedom.
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As long as we are identified with an object: That is bondage.
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All the evil in the world, and all the unhappiness, comes from the I-concept.
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It is only the artificial ego that suffers. The man who has transcended his false "me" no
longer identifies with his suffering.
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Detachment is a state, it is not a totalisation of achieved indifferences.
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Doctrines, scriptures, sutras, essays, are not to be regarded as systems to be followed. They
merely contribute to understanding. They should be for us a source of stimulation, and
nothing more... Adopted, rather than used as a stimulus, they are a hindrance.
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The only real service we can render to that which we perceive and interpret in phenomenal
existence as "others" is by awakening to universal consciousness ourselves.
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Humility, metaphysically, implies the absence of any entity to be either proud or humble.
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The Buddha forbore to specify: As long as there is any one to suffer - he will.
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Are we not wasps who spend all day in a fruitless attempt to traverse a window-pane - while
the other half of the window is wide open?
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