Zen Jesus 4

…If you want to become full, let yourself be empty. If you want to be reborn, let yourself die. If you want to be given everything, give everything up. … When the ancient Masters said, “If you want to be given everything, give everything up,” they weren’t using empty phrases. Only in being lived by the Tao can you be truly yourself.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell translation [Tao: roughly, the Way.]

Jesus said, “If you want to be complete, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven. And come follow me.”

Matthew 19:21, The Common English Bible

“So those who are last will be first. And those who are first will be last.”

Jesus, in The Common English Bible, Matthew 20:16

“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in service to others.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Zen Jesus 3

See the world as yourself. Have faith in the way things are. Love the world as yourself; then you can care for all things.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching 13, Stephen Mitchell translation

You must not take revenge nor hold a grudge against any of your people; instead, you must love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.

Leviticus 19:18, The Common English Bible

[Jesus] replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second is like it: You must love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.”

 Matthew 22:37-40, The Common English Bible

Zen in Bible

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill…Chase after money and security and your heart will never unclench. Care about people’s approval and you will be their prisoner.          Do your work, then step back. The only path to security.

Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching #9, Stephen Mitchell translation

People hoard their wealth to their own detriment… All their hard work produces…nothing they can take with them…they eat in darkness, with much aggravation, grief, and anger. This is the one good thing I’ve seen: it’s appropriate for people to eat, drink, and find enjoyment in all their hard work…

Ecclesiastes 5, Common English Bible translation