"I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success. I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride."

— William James

I very much like this brief introduction to Shin buddhism

Compassion has no ideology

"People are not naturally cruel. They become cruel when they are unhappy - or when they succumb to an ideology….

Compassion has no ideology”

Anthony de Mello; “The Song of the Bird”; p.152

Gratitude to The Journal of Shin Buddhism

"Avowal" - Denise Levertov

As swimmers dare
to lie face to the sky
and water bears them,
as hawks rest upon air
and air sustains them,
so would I learn to attain
freefall, and float
into Creator Spirit’s deep embrace,
knowing no effort earns
that all-surrounding grace.

No Man Is An Island

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend’s were.
Each man’s death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee.

John Donne

"The true contemplative is not one who prepares his mind for a particular message that he wants or expects to hear, but is one who remains empty because he knows that he can never expect to anticipate the words that will transform his darkness into light.
He does not even anticipate a special kind of transformation. He does not demand light instead of darkness. He waits on the Word of God in silence, and, when he is “answered,” it is not so much by a word that bursts into his silence. It is by his silence itself, suddenly, inexplicably revealing itself to him as a word of great power, full of the voice of God."

— Thomas Merton, from ‘The Climate of Monastic Prayer’ (via noornalini)

(via onewyldandprecyouslyfe)

"By respect for life we become religious in a way that is elementary, profound and alive."

— Albert Schweitzer

"Shinran’s great insight was that we cannot conquer the self by the self. Some kind of external agency is required: (a) to help us to shed light on our ego as it really is in all its petty and baneful guises; and (b) to enable us to subdue the small ‘self’ with a view to realising the Great Self by awakening to Amida’s light."

— John Paraskevopoulos; “The call of the Infinite”, 2009

"It is time we discarded the tired view of Buddhism as a dry and forensic rationalism , lacking in warmth and devotion … By hearing the call of Amida Buddha we become awakened to true reality and its unfathomable working … to live a life that dances jubilantly in the resplendent light of the Infinite"

— John Paraskevopoulos concludes his monograph on Shin Buddhism, “The Call of the Infinite”;2009