But I’ll tell you what hermits realize. If you go off into a far, far forest and get very quiet, you’ll come to understand that you’re connected with everything.
Faith is a state of openness or trust.
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
Religion is not a department of life; it is something that enters into the whole of it.
You don’t look out there for God, something in the sky, you look in you.
I owe my solitude to other people.
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
In other words, a person who is fanatic in matters of religion, and clings to certain ideas about the nature of God and the universe, becomes a person who has no faith at all.
Buddhism has in it no idea of there being a moral law laid down by somekind of cosmic lawgiver.