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Buddhists want to get enlightened so they can be blissed out all the time. And they believe in reincarnation, and if something bad happens to you it's because of something you did in a past life. And Buddhists have to be vegetarians. Everybody knows that. Unfortunately, much of what "everybody knows" about Buddhism isn't true. What follows is a kind of Un-FAQ that lists common but mistaken ideas many people in the West have about Buddhism.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. - Robert M. Pirsig The quieter you become, the more you can hear. – Baba Ram Dass You must neither strive for truth nor seek to lose your illusions. – The Shodoka Zen is not some kind of excitement, but merely concentration on our usual everyday routine. – Shunryu Suzuki The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet. – Shunryu Suzuki Don’t seek reality, just put an end to opinions – Sheng-ts' an When you get there, there isn’t any there there – Gertrude Stein Water which is too pure has no fish – Ts'ai Ken T'an Nothing is exactly as it seems, nor is it otherwise – Alan Watts The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark – Wu-men Only a crystal clear question yields a transparent answer – Zen Proverb All of the significant battles are waged within the self – Sheldon Kopp Life is the only thing worth living for – Zen Proverb