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  • Contemplation seems to be about the only luxury that costs nothing.

  • Only in the stillness of detachment can the soul yield up her secrets.

  • I have never got on with the quietist movements: they lapse too easily into self-congratulations: I have found the oneness, you have not. I prefer to look outside myself if I possibly can, not inside. Meditation reminds me too forcibly of being made to lie on a mat at nursery school and take an hour's nap.

  • ... meditation is a half-way house between thinking and contemplating ...

  • Although I try / to hold the single thought / of Buddha's teaching in my heart, / I cannot help but hear / the many crickets' voices calling as well.

    • Izumi Shikibu,
    • c. 1000, in Jane Hirshfield with Mariko Aratani, trans., The Ink Dark Moon ()
  • Prayer is speaking to God. Meditation is listening to God. Trust tranquility.

  • Jules introduced me to a kind of 'narcolepsy,' that practice of mental droning that goes by the brand name 'Transcendental Meditation.'