Play your part in the comedy, but don't identify yourself with your role!

— Wei Wu Wei

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Disciples and devotees…what are most of them doing? Worshipping the teapot instead of drinking the tea!


It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are.


Worshiping the teapot instead of drinking the tea.


What do you have to do? Pack your bags, Go to the station without them, Catch the train, And leave your self behind.


What is your trouble? Mistaken identity.


Never forget, what your looking for is what is looking.


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.


The writer of these lines has nothing whatsoever to teach anyone;

his words are just his contribution to our common discussion of what must inevitably be for us the most important subject which could be discussed by sentient beings.


Past and Future are a duality of which Present is the reality.

The now-moment alone is eternal and real.


In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow - and that is likely to hurt.


There is no mystery whatever - only inability to perceive the obvious.


Do not mistake the pointing finger for the moon.


About Wei Wu Wei

Quotes 39 sayings
Profession Philosopher
Birthday September 14, 1895

Living should be perpetual and universal benediction.


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?


Are you still thinking, looking, living, as from an imaginary phenomenal centre? As long as you do that you can never recognise your freedom.


We imagine that waking-life is real and that dream-life is unreal, but there does not seem to be any evidence for this belief.


Reintegration with Nature, which we are, is the recovery of spontaneity.


Realisation is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realised.


Transcendence implies the surpassing of two things, and the consequent attainment of a third thing. But there are no 'things' in reality, of any kind whatever: there is only the thing-in-itself, its suchness, which is Reality, revealed when the illusory dualism of inexistent qualities is dissolved.


The qualities we possess should never be a matter for satisfaction, but the qualities we have discarded.


Spontaneity is being present in the present.


It is less what one is that should matter, than what one is not.


As long as one accepts "time" tacitly as such he is dreaming a dream, not living a life.


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.


THIS which is seeking is THAT which is sought, and THAT which is sought is THIS which is seeking.


Why are you unhappy? Because 99.9 percent, Of everything you think, And of everything you do, Is for yourself - And there isn’t one.


All the evil in the world, and all the unhappiness, comes from the I-concept.


A man who is seeking for realization is not only going around searching for his spectacles without realizing that they are on his nose all the time, but also were he not actually looking through them he would not be able to see what he is looking for!


I AM Here Now As This


Wise men don't judge: they seek to understand.


The practice of meditation is represented by the three monkeys, who cover their eyes, ears and mouths so as to avoid the phenomenal world.


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 yourslef?Give him another kick, you deserve it!


The notion that human life has greater value than any other form of life is both unjustifiable and arrogant.


The seeing of Truth cannot be dualistic (a 'thing' seen).

It cannot be seen by a see-er, or via a see-er. There can only be a seeing which itself is Truth.


The Saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The Sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.


We ourselves are not an illusory part of Reality; rather are we Reality itself illusorily conceived.


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.


We do not possess an 'ego.' We are possessed by the idea of one.

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