"To taste the full spread of the joys of samsara, such as wealth and other pleasures, is like tasting poisoned food, licking honey from a razor's edge; in short, it is a jewel on the head of a rattlesnake; one touch and you are annihilated." - Shabkar
Asked what she believes, a character in Robert Stone's Damascus Gate replies, "I believe in liberation. That if it's possible for me, it's possible for everyone. And I won't have mine until everyone does." (Hakim) Bey is conteptuous of this kind of dialectical postponement. "To say that 'I will not be free till all humans (or all sentient creatures) are free' is simply to cave in to a kind of nirvana stupor, to abdicate our humanity, to define ourselves as losers." It is more important for a few people to achieve liberation for a while, now and here. - Geoff Dyer
"Tanzan and Ekido were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.
'Come on, girl,' said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.
Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. 'We monks don't go near females,' he told Tanzan, 'especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?'
'I left the girl there,' said Tanzan. 'Are you still carrying her?'"