A couple of months after I began studying with Soen Sa Nim he said to me, "You have three jobs here. Your first is to kill the Buddha." . . . "That is not difficult". . . "Your second is to kill your parents, and that is very difficult." . . . . Your third job is to kill me." It was only latest that I realized what a priceless gift that was.


Stephen Mitchel - No Enlightenment Inquiring Mind: Fall 1990 (Vipassana Journal)


It is not pleasure, knowledge, possession, or being as such that must be "darkened" and "mortified", but only the passion of desire for these things.


William H. Shannon T. Merton's Dark Path


Detachment is the goal of self-denial. It is the nonpossessive attitude toward all of reality, the disposition that strikes at the root of the false self system.


Thomas Keating - Open Mind, Open Heart


Desirelessness is the condition of deliverance and illumination. The condition of an expanding and technological progressive system of mass production is universal craving. Advertising is the organized effort to extend and intensify craving - to extend and intensify, that is to say, the workings of that force, which (as all the saints and teachers of all the higher religions have always taught) is the principal cause of suffering and wrong-doing and the greatest obstacle between the human soul and its divine Ground.


Aldous Huxley - Perennial Philosophy