Vanaprastha–Forest Dweller

“A person reaches a certain point in life when he says, ‘I have had enough of all this.  I am simply tired of making life not worth living, by constantly living through the horrors of what might happen, for the sake of efficiency and membership in the community.  Let me just get away from it all for a while and find out what the score is for me, myself.  I am tired of being told how I ought to see, how I ought to behave, how I ought to feel.  Let me find out for myself who I really am.'”  —Alan Watts

“Discard such definite imaginations of phenomena as your own self, thou human being, thou’rt a numberless mass of sun-motes:  each mote a shrine.”

“The-Attainer-To-That-Which-Everything-Is, the Sanskrit Tathagata, has no ideas whatever but abides in essence identically with the essence of all things, which is what it is, in emptiness and silence.”

“What does it mean that those trees and mountains are magic and unreal? —It means that those trees and mountains are magic and unreal.  What does it mean that those trees and mountains are not magic but real? —it means that those trees and mountains are not magic but real.  Men are just making imaginary judgments both ways, and all the time it’s just the same natural golden eternity.”

“They’ve long known that there’s nothing to life but just the living of it.  It Is What It Is and That’s All It Is.”

Jack Kerouac.

Some things I’ve been thinking about as I shed worldly possessions and prepare to walk the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada.  I hope to update occasionally as the journey progresses.

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~ by Scott Hamilton Peters on April 28, 2010.

One Response to “Vanaprastha–Forest Dweller”

  1. Do it.

    See you in Seattle late Fall. There will be a warm fire and a couch waiting.

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