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Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#1. In the advanced practice, the relationship between the Zen master and the student becomes very terse. The Zen master will expect things of the student because the student is in graduate school. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#2. Whether between man and women, man and man, or woman and woman; look not towards any system that binds society created by man for guidance, but be guided by the principles of love. Love is the only law that commands this universe, and is the only language that is understood universally. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#3. Zen and Buddhism have produced martial arts, because of the Buddhist injunction against weapons. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#4. In Zen there must be satori; there must be a general mental upheaval which destroys the old accumulations of intellection and lays down the foundation for a new life; there must be the awakening of a new sense which will review the old things from a hitherto undreamed-of angle of observation. #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Alexander Gardner
#5. A very enjoyable meditation on the curious thing called 'Zen' -not the Japanese religious tradition but rather the Western clich of Zen that is embraced in advertising, self-help books, and much more ... Yamada, who is both a scholar of Buddhism and a student of archery, offers refreshing insight into Western stereotypes of Japan and Japanese culture, and how these are received in Japan. #Quote by Alexander Gardner
Zen quotes by Barry L. Duncan
#6. Great doubt: great awakening. Little doubt: little awakening. No doubt: no awakening. - Zen mantra #Quote by Barry L. Duncan
Zen quotes by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
#7. Mindfulness is the difficult art of simply replacing thinking with experiencing. #Quote by Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Zen quotes by Daniel Quinn
#8. I didn't want a guru or a kung fu master or a spiritual director. I didn't want to become a sorcerer or learn the zen of archery or meditate or align my chakras or uncover mast incarnations ... I was after something else entirely, but it wasn't in the Yellow Pages or anywhere else that I could discover. #Quote by Daniel Quinn
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#9. Zen professes
itself to be the spirit of Buddhism, but in fact it is the spirit of all
religions and philosophies, #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Anne Lamott
#10. Everything was coming together by coming apart ... It is the most difficult Zen practice to leave people to their destiny, even though it's painful - just loving them, and breathing with them, and distracting them in a sweet way, and laughing with them ... if something was not my problem, I probably did not have the solution. #Quote by Anne Lamott
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#11. I wonder if the world's fascination has less to do with the flower itself, and more with the muck that it flourishes in. The Lotus flower is of an unparalleled beauty in its elegance and grace, yet its' origins are of an environment that is a stark contrast. We cannot help but ponder such strange juxtaposition. However, there is something telling in this natural contrast between the flower and its environment: we are meant to grow, like the Lotus, and not dirty our hands in the mud that surrounds us. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#12. So round and round you go, spinning mental wheels and nowhere finding anyplace to get traction. What the hell ... is it? #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Bassui Takusho
#13. The essence of your mind is not born, so it will never die. It is not an existence, which is perishable. It is not an emptiness, which is a mere void. It has neither colour nor form. It enjoys no pleasures and suffers no pains.
I know you are very ill. Like a good Zen student, you are facing that sickness squarely. You may not know exactly who is suffering, but question yourself: What is the essence of this mind? Think only of this. You will need no more. Covet nothing. Your end which is endless is as a snowflake dissolving in pure air. #Quote by Bassui Takusho
Zen quotes by Osho
#14. Sosan is the third Zen Patriarch. Nothing much is known about him – this is as it should be, because history records only violence. History does not record silence – it cannot record it. All records are of disturbance. Whenever someone becomes really silent, he disappears from all records, he is no more a part of our madness. So it is as it should be.

Sosan remained a wandering monk his whole life. He never stayed anywhere; he was always passing, going, moving. He was a river; he was not a pond, static. He was a constant movement. That is the meaning of Buddha's wanderers: not only in the outside world but in the inside world also they should be homeless –
because whenever you make a home you become attached to it. They should remain rootless; there is no home for them except this whole universe. #Quote by Osho
Zen quotes by Christine Ebersole
#15. There's a Zen to acting, by being in the moment. That's where the power is. #Quote by Christine Ebersole
Zen quotes by Nora Ephron
#16. He was, in his way, as close to a Zen master as I've ever had, and all of us who fell under his influence began with his style and eventually ended up with our own. #Quote by Nora Ephron
Zen quotes by Yvon Chouinard
#17. At Patagonia, making a profit is not the goal because the Zen master would say profits happen 'when you do everything else right'. #Quote by Yvon Chouinard
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#18. Tantric Zen is more suited for this age that we live in. It give you rules, but in a gentle way. It's not as demanding. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Nabil Sabio Azadi
#19. When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair nets. #Quote by Nabil Sabio Azadi
Zen quotes by Peter Matthiessen
#20. Zen has been called the "religion before religion," which is to say that anyone can practice, including those committed to another faith. And that phrase evokes that natural religion of our early childhood, when heaven and a splendorous earth were one. But soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Not until years later does an instinct come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day, at the bottom of each breath, there is a hollow place filled with longing. We become seekers without knowing that we seek, and at first, we long for something "greater" than ourselves, something apart and far away. It is not a return to childhood, for childhood is not a truly enlightened state. Yet to seek one's own true nature is "a way to lead you to your long lost home." To practice Zen means to realize one's existence moment after moment, rather than letting life unravel in regret of the past and daydreaming of the future. To "rest in the present" is a state of magical simplicity...out of the emptiness can come a true insight into our natural harmony all creation. To travel this path, one need not be a 'Zen Buddhist', which is only another idea to be discarded like 'enlightenment,' and like 'the Buddha' and like 'God. #Quote by Peter Matthiessen
Zen quotes by R.H. Blyth
#21. The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated. #Quote by R.H. Blyth
Zen quotes by Laura Morrigan
#22. People talk about the joy of running--of the endorphins and reaching a Zen-like clarity of mind. This had never happened to me. Mostly, all I thought about when I ran was how much further I had to go before I could stop. #Quote by Laura Morrigan
Zen quotes by K. Lee Lerner
#23. The nimble of mind long for the challenge of new discoveries. Weary minds cling to what is already known. #Quote by K. Lee Lerner
Zen quotes by Zenyatta
#24. Adversity is an opportunity for Change #Quote by Zenyatta
Zen quotes by Steve Hagen
#25. [A] book is not merely a book, it is the sun as well. #Quote by Steve Hagen
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#26. It is often the simple daily practices that influence our lives in dramatic ways. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by John Burdett
#27. On a whim, Pisit calls the monk back to ask what he thinks of all this, and Western culture in general. After his drubbing just now he is in a Zen-ish sort of mood, not to say downright sarcastic: 'Actually, the West is Culture of Emergency: Twisters in Texas, earthquakes in California, windchill in Chicago, drought, flood, famine, epidemics, war on everything - watch out for that meteor and how much longer does the sun really have? Of course, if you didn't believe you could control everything, there wouldn't be an emergency, would there? #Quote by John Burdett
Zen quotes by Walter Isaacson
#28. CONTENTS Epigraph Characters Introduction: How This Book Came to Be CHAPTER ONE Childhood: Abandoned and Chosen CHAPTER TWO Odd Couple: The Two Steves CHAPTER THREE The Dropout: Turn On, Tune In . . . CHAPTER FOUR Atari and India: Zen and the Art of Game Design CHAPTER FIVE The Apple I: Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In . . . CHAPTER SIX #Quote by Walter Isaacson
Zen quotes by Jerry Lynch
#29. Whether you are cooking, cleaning house, or planting flowers, try to concentrate on the textures, the smells, colors, tastes, sounds, all Zen moments of focused joy. #Quote by Jerry Lynch
Zen quotes by Alan Watts
#30. Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is. #Quote by Alan Watts
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#31. Fairy tales and stories of fantasy bridge the gap and inspires the heart and mind wherever religious thought reaches its limits or meets a dead end. In other words, fairy tales are spiritual in nature, rising above set dogmas and traditions to provide a modern and universal spiritual nourishment for the human soul. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
#32. Interbeing: If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper. Without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow; and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are. "Interbeing" is a word that is not in the dictionary yet, but if we combine the prefix "inter-" with the verb "to be," we have a new verb, inter-be. Without a cloud and the sheet of paper inter-are.

If we look into this sheet of paper even more deeply, we can see the sunshine in it. If the sunshine is not there, the forest cannot grow. In fact, nothing can grow. Even we cannot grow without sunshine. And so, we know that the sunshine is also in this sheet of paper. The paper and the sunshine inter-are. And if we continue to look, we can see the logger who cut the tree and brought it to the mill to be transformed into paper. And we see the wheat. We know the logger cannot exist without his daily bread, and therefore the wheat that became his bread is also in this sheet of paper. And the logger's father and mother are in it too. When we look in this way, we see that without all of these things, this sheet of paper cannot exist.

Looking even more deeply, we can see we are in it too. This is not difficult to see, because when we look at a sheet of paper, the sheet of paper #Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#33. Old Zen was the reduction of concepts to absurdity. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#34. Find a teacher of Tantric Zen and study with them because it is transference of awareness, a sharing of the perception of the beauty of life. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Brad Pitt
#35. I've been in these tabloids for 14 years now, and at some point you just become a Zen master of it all #Quote by Brad Pitt
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#36. In Tantric Zen you can be humorous and make fun of anything or you can be very serious. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by John Green
#37. A koan is like a riddle that's supposed to help you toward enlightenment in Zen Buddhism. For my answer, I wrote about this guy Banzan. He was walking through the market on day when he overheard someone ask a butcher for his best piece of meat. The butcher answered, "Everything in my shop is the best. You cannot find a piece of meat that is not the best." Upon hearing this, Banzan realized that there is no best and no worst, that those judgments have no real meaning because there is only was is, and poof, he reached enlightenment. #Quote by John Green
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#38. Zen approaches it from the practical side of life-that is, to work out Enlightenment in life itself. #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#39. It is said that there are four kinds of horses: excellent ones, good ones, poor ones, and bad ones. The best horse will run slow and fast, right and left, at the driver's will, before it sees the shadow of the whip; the second best will run as well as the first one does, just before the whip reaches its skin; the third one will run when it feels pain on its body; the fourth will run after the pain penetrates to the marrow of its bones. You can imagine how difficult it is for the fourth one to learn how to run!

When we hear this story, almost all of us want to be the best horse. If it is impossible to be the best one, we want to be the second best. That is, I think, the usual understanding of this story, and of Zen. You may think that when you sit in zazen you will find out whether you are one of the best horses or one of the worst ones. Here, however, there is a misunderstanding of Zen. If you think the aim of Zen practice is to train you to become one of the best horses, you will have a big problem. This is not the right understanding. If you practice Zen in the right way it does not matter whether you are the best horse or the worst one. When you consider the mercy of Buddha, how do you think Buddha will feel about the four kinds of horses? He will have more sympathy for the worst one than for the best one.

When you are determined to practice zazen with the great mind of Buddha, you will find the worst horse is the most valuable one. In your very imper #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#40. Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points. #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Brad Warner
#41. So what I liked about Zen was that it never goes off into the realm of imagination land, or if it does occasionally, the good teachers will openly address it specifically as only imagination. Both of my teachers were very good at that. #Quote by Brad Warner
Zen quotes by Zen Proverb
#42. Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong. #Quote by Zen Proverb
Zen quotes by Karen Maezen Miller
#43. Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur someplace other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are. You are looking for answers, insight, and wisdom that you already possess. Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself. #Quote by Karen Maezen Miller
Zen quotes by Dag Hammarskjold
#44. Humility before the flower at the timber line is the gate which gives access to the path up the open fell. #Quote by Dag Hammarskjold
Zen quotes by Carlos Zen
#45. Although i hate having to admit this, but the one good thing those annoying communists did right was to treat religion like a type of addiction and completely banned all practicies of it
-Tanya Degurechaff (Youjo Senki) #Quote by Carlos Zen
Zen quotes by Louisa Edwards
#46. Winslow bounced over on the balls of his feet, clearly not experiencing any sort of crash. 'Aren't your guys nervous? I'm nervous as all hell.'
'There's nothing to be nervous about,' Beck said, joining them. 'Nerves are only useful when they can spur you on to work harder, faster, better. Once the work is done, they become pointless. #Quote by Louisa Edwards
Zen quotes by Kosho Uchiyama
#47. KODO SAWAKI: Studying originally meant aspiring to discover the meaning of life. These days studying has become all about getting a job. #Quote by Kosho Uchiyama
Zen quotes by Tom Hoover
#48. Zen takes the opposite tack; it holds that true reality is the fundamental unity of mind and matter, inner spirit and external world. When life is viewed in such terms, there can be no success or failure, happiness or unhappiness; life is a whole, and you are simply part of it. There are no dualities, hence there is nothing to worry about. The result is perfect tranquility. #Quote by Tom Hoover
Zen quotes by Fred Rohe
#49. Every time you run
you create the quality of your own experience #Quote by Fred Rohe
Zen quotes by Thomas Merton
#50. Zen enriches no one. There is no body to be found. The birds may come and circle for a while in the place where it is thought to be. But they soon go elsewhere. When they are gone, the "nothing," the "no-body" that was there, suddenly appears. That is Zen. It was there all the time but the scavengers missed it, because it was not their kind of prey. #Quote by Thomas Merton
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#51. Dare to be vulnerable, walk outside without your armor on and say YES to your heart. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by R.H. Blyth
#52. The object of our lives is to look at, listen to, touch, taste things. Without them - these sticks, stones, feathers, shells - there is no Deity. #Quote by R.H. Blyth
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#53. The universe and the law of attraction speak a language that knows no words, only discerning your intent through sacrifice and what you are willing to give up. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Zen Cho
#54. What a mother hen I am become!" he said soberly. "If I were my old self I should not start at every shadow, and be alarmed when you stumble, but one's anxiety rises in proportion to one's incapacity to do anything about it. #Quote by Zen Cho
Zen quotes by Zhuangzi
#55. The baby looks at things all day without winking; that is because his eyes are not focused on any particular object. He goes without knowing where he is going, and stops without knowing what he is doing. He merges himself within the surroundings and moves along with it. These are the principles of mental hygiene. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Zen quotes by Jane Hirshfield
#56. Zen taught me how to pay attention, how to delve, how to question and enter, how to stay with
or at least want to try to stay with
whatever is going on. #Quote by Jane Hirshfield
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#57. A great tree develops over time and can tell stories not only those of happiness, but also those that contain pain from what it has seen over the years, and as a result is the wise ancient tree that it is today. As the seasons change, the tree naturally goes through changes as well: where the leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall, falling by the Winter, returning in the Spring, and with full set of new leafs by the Summer. Love is no different in that there will be times when we are fully naked in the Winter, and left to wonder about Spring when it seemed so easy to love, yet the wise tree knows that no winter will last forever no matter how cold it may be. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by David Brazier
#58. A boddhisattva is someone who is on the way to becoming a buddha. All of us become boddhisattvas as soon as we start to take our Zen work seriously and the work we do contributes to creating a world in which all good actions become more efficacious. #Quote by David Brazier
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#59. In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Renee Ahdieh
#60. Bushidō is about experiencing life in every breath. Seeing life in the simplest of things. There is beauty and honor in that. #Quote by Renee Ahdieh
Zen quotes by Muso Soseki
#61. Old age and death are in the natural course of things. There is nothing a doctor can do about them. #Quote by Muso Soseki
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#62. People say that practicing Zen is difficult, but there is a misunderstanding as to why. It is not difficult because it is hard to sit in the cross- legged position, or to attain enlightenment. It is difficult because it is hard to keep our mind pure and our practice pure in its fundamental sense. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Terence McKenna
#63. On these matters of specific fact, like is the mushroom an extraterrestrial and that sort of thing, I haven't the faintest idea. The mushroom itself is such a mercurial, elusive, Zen sort of personality that I never believe a word it says. I simply entertain its notions and try and sort through them, and I found that to be the most enriching approach to it. #Quote by Terence McKenna
Zen quotes by Dainin Katagiri
#64. The point of the spiritual life is to realize Truth. But you will never understand the spiritual life, or realize Truth, if you measure it by your own yardstick. #Quote by Dainin Katagiri
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#65. When engaging in simple everyday banter and communications, this rule of thumb can really help suppress a lot of our negative word 'vomit' since we often mindlessly chat about the things we don't like. If we refrain from expressing our negative opinions about things unless they're directly asked for, we can train ourselves to respond rather than react the second we see or hear something and then feel we must verbalize our views about it.

Remember, even if we don't agree with someone or something, we can still speak about the subject at hand in a positive light to encourage growth rather than guilty motivation. I like to say I express more "inspirations" than "opinions" with each passing day. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Saadi
#66. In the name of Him Who created and
sustains the world, the Sage Who
endowed tongue with speech.
He attains no honor who turns the face from the doer of His mercy.
The kings of the earth prostate themselves before Him in supplication.
He seizes not in haste the disobedient, nor drives away the penitent with
violence. The two worlds are as a drop of water in the ocean of His knowledge.
He withholds not His bounty though His
servants sin; upon
the surface of the earth has He spread a feast, in which both friend and foe may share.
Peerless He is, and His kingdom is eternal. Upon the head of one He placed a crown another he hurled from the throne to the ground.
The fire of His friend He turned into a
flower garden; through the water of the
Nile He sended His foes to perdition.
Behind the veil He sees all, and conceal
ed our faults with His own goodness.

He is near to them that are downcast,
and accepts the prayers of them that
lament.
He knows of the things that exist not, of secrets that are untold.
He causes the moon and the sun to revolve, and spreads water upon the
earth.
In the heart of a stone hath He placed
a jewel; from nothing had He created all that is.
Who can reveal the secret of His qualities; what eye can see the limits of His
beauty?
The bird of thought cannot soar to the height of His presence, nor the hand #Quote by Saadi
Zen quotes by Jacqueline A. Bussie
#67. Recently I came across a Zen prayer that Thich Nhat Hanh, a Buddhist monk, recites prior to eating: "In this plate of food, I see the entire universe supporting my existence." I like Hanh's meditation a lot because the wording allows me to include God in my gratitude without excluding gratitude to all the unseen human beings who also had a hand in the gift of the food in front of me. #Quote by Jacqueline A. Bussie
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#68. Zen has lost its zip, if you will, or its nothingness and has become ritualistic Its established in monastaries with strict codes of koan study. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Zen Cho
#69. I brought seaweed snacks from home,' chimed in another kid. "Seaweed got iron, right?"
'I don't think the teachers meant that kind of iron,' said Hui Ann. #Quote by Zen Cho
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#70. Although Buddhism is unattainable, we vow to attain it.If it is unattainable, how can we attain it? But we should! That is Buddhism. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Douglas R. Hofstadter
#71. Consistent or inconsistent, no one is exempt from the mystery of the self. Probably we are all inconsistent. The world is just too complicated for a person to be able to afford the luxury of reconciling all of his beliefs with each other. Tension and confusion are important in a world where many decisions must be made quickly. Miguel de Unamuno once said, 'If a person never contradicts himself, it must be that he says nothing.' I would say that we all are in the same boast as the Zen master who, after contradicting himself several times in a row, said to the confused Doko, 'I cannot understand myself.'. #Quote by Douglas R. Hofstadter
Zen quotes by Benjamin W. Decker
#72. As the grounding effect of breath awareness disengages you from the often-overwhelming chatter of the mind, the level at which you think will seem to transcend the noise. #Quote by Benjamin W. Decker
Zen quotes by Santoka Taneda
#73. Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations - there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science. #Quote by Santoka Taneda
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#74. Morality and righteousness is based on intent, love, and in giving; yet, how is it that we as humans have come to view the act of sex with a different set of arbitrary laws? Specifically pigeonholed as an act between man and women, and with righteousness based on an unsystematic number of people we have slept with; as a civilization we have come to bind society with a set of laws largely advantageous to a specific sex, with the minority heavily antagonized and chastised. The universe knows not what sexual morality is, only what is right and wrong. The same principles that dictate morals also command the virtues of sex. Is it with the right intent? Is it based on love? Is it based on giving? #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by J.D. Salinger
#75. Last month, Dean Sheeter (whose name usually transports Franny when I mention it) approached me with his gracious smile and bull whip, and I am now lecturing to the faculty, their wives, and a few oppressively-deep type undergraduates every Friday on Zen and Mahayana Buddhism. A feat, I haven't a doubt, that will eventually earn me the Eastern Philosophy Chair in Hell. #Quote by J.D. Salinger
Zen quotes by Roland Merullo
#76. I felt I was drawing close to that age, that place in life, where you realize one day what you'd told yourself was a Zen detachment turns out to be naked fear. You'd had one serious love relationship in your life and it had ended in tragedy, and the tragedy had broken something inside you. But instead of trying to repair the broken place, or at least really stop and look at it, you skated and joked. You had friends, you were a decent citizen. You hurt no one. And your life was somehow just about half of what it could be. #Quote by Roland Merullo
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#77. The present moment is all that ever is, and in each new moment we die and are reborn. For example, people block love and close off their hearts out of fear of being hurt again. If they lived in the present moment, there would be no fear and they would walk forward in life with confidence and certainty that there is the joy of new experiences to be had. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Rajneesh
#78. Philosophy is speculation, Zen is participation. Participate in the night leaving, participate in the evening coming, participate in the stars and participate in the clouds; make participation your lifestyle and the whole existence becomes such a joy, such an ecstasy. You could not have dreamed of a better universe. #Quote by Rajneesh
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#79. I recommend, for many people, the study of computer science. Our natural resource in America is the mind. The mindset in computer science is very similar to the mindset in Zen. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#80. Sincerity itself is the railroad track. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#81. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of this desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring woods:-in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No worldly discussion is necessary, or any explanation. #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Zen Cho
#82. The first time she saw the boy across the classroom, Ah Lee knew she was in love because she tasted durian on her tongue. #Quote by Zen Cho
Zen quotes by Nikki Rowe
#83. Have you ever thought; whilst looking all this time for the magic in the world, it's been inside you all along? No matter how far you travel, how wide you spread your wings and learn to fly if you have no idea what treasures hide within you you'll be searching your entire life. #Quote by Nikki Rowe
Zen quotes by Chris Prentiss
#84. Your actions create an "energy vortex" that draws in the necessary ingredients for your venture. #Quote by Chris Prentiss
Zen quotes by Katsuki Sekida
#85. Zen is not, in my view, philosophy or mysticism. It is simply a practice of readjustment of nervous activity. That is, it restores the distorted nervous system to its normal functioning. #Quote by Katsuki Sekida
Zen quotes by Cat Stevens
#86. I tried Zen and Ching, numerology, tarot cards and astrology. I tried to look back into the Bible, and could not find anything. At this time I did not know anything about Islam, and then, what I regarded as a miracle occurred. My brother had visited the mosque in Jerusalem, and was greatly impressed that while on the one hand it throbbed with life. #Quote by Cat Stevens
Zen quotes by Gautama Buddha
#87. Hard to restrain, unstable is this mind; it flits wherever it lists. Good it is to control the mind. A controlled mind brings happiness. #Quote by Gautama Buddha
Zen quotes by Jack Kerouac
#88. Everything was fine with the Zen Lunatics, the nut wagon was too far away to hear us. But there was a wisdom in it all, as you'll see if you take a walk some night on a suburban street and pass house after house on both sides of the street each with the lamplight of the living room, shining golden, and inside the little blue square of the television, each living family riveting its attention on probably one show; nobody talking; silence in the yards; dogs barking at you because you pass on human feet instead of on wheels. You'll see what I mean, when it begins to appear like everybody in the world is soon going to be thinking the same way and the Zen Lunatics have long joined dust, laughter on their dust lips. #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Zen quotes by Brad Warner
#89. So I was first exposed to this guy Tim McCarthy, and he's talking about Zen, but deeper than that he was a genuine person. I thought maybe he's someone I can trust and follow this thing he's talking about all the time. #Quote by Brad Warner
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#90. Different schools of Zen have evolved, principally the Rinzai and Soto orders. A whole hierarchy has developed for the teaching and practice of Zen. Zen has become, to a certain degree, institutionalized. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Drew Gerald
#91. In the stillness, everything happens. In the silence, everything is said. #Quote by Drew Gerald
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#92. For every fact there is an infinity of hypotheses. #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Sogyo
#93. Careful!
Even moonlit dewdrops,
If you're lured to watch,
Are a wall before the Truth.
- Sogyo #Quote by Sogyo
Zen quotes by Shinzen Young
#94. Such a Zen dialogue is basically a contest, but it's really an anti-contest. It's a kind of reverse or paradoxical contest. It works like this: two people talk, and the first one who speaks from the ego loses. The one who wants to win is certainly going to lose. #Quote by Shinzen Young
Zen quotes by Norman Mailer
#95. Psychoanalysis and Zen, in my private psychic geometry, are equal to nicotine. They are anti-existential. Nicotine quarantines one out of existence. #Quote by Norman Mailer
Zen quotes by T. Scott McLeod
#96. Life gives you exactly what you need to awaken. #Quote by T. Scott McLeod
Zen quotes by D.T. Suzuki
#97. Facts of experience are valued in Zen more than representations, symbols, and concepts-that is to say, substance is everything in Zen and form nothing. #Quote by D.T. Suzuki
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#98. We sit to express our true nature #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#99. The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
#100. To practice the Way single heartedly is, in itself, enlightenment. There is no gap between practice and enlightenment and daily life. This stripped-down Buddhist aesthetic pervades all aspects of St Zen. Most St Zen temples eschew the fantastic sculptures of bodhisattvas with their jewelry and fluttering robes. Instead, Zen emphasizes rock gardens, green-tea caffeine-infused meditation, and single-mindedness. #Quote by Marie Mutsuki Mockett
Zen quotes by Rajneesh
#101. Every man now is responsible to create a buddhafield around himself, an energy field that goes on becoming bigger and bigger. Create as many vibrations of laughter, joy, celebration, as possible; dance, sing, let the whole of humanity by and by catch the fire of Zen and the wind of Zen. #Quote by Rajneesh
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#102. To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Alexis G. Roldan
#103. Find a Local Zen Temple To Visit Research the authenticity of the Zen teacher. Find out what school they are from, what country they came from, and the ideals they hold most important. If you're interested in a monastery, #Quote by Alexis G. Roldan
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#104. Your anger – about matters that you think are personal and yours alone – is, in fact, the fuel for the machines of war. Your kindness towards strangers on the street is, in fact, the grace and serenity that brings millions of people together to work towards the common good of all. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Steve Hagen
#105. We have all sorts of stories about heaven and hell, about oblivion and nothingness, about 'coming back,' and so on. But they are all stories. #Quote by Steve Hagen
Zen quotes by Bill Porter
#106. This building we're in has doors and windows. If we close the doors and windows, we can't get out. People lock themselves inside a house of delusions. But they're only delusions. They can leave anytime. Actually there is no house to leave. There's not even any leaving. What we see are flowers in the sky, the moon in the water. As for the meditative powers of Zen masters like Hsu-yun, sometimes it's useful to meditate and sometimes it isn't. #Quote by Bill Porter
Zen quotes by Serinda Swan
#107. I love jeans and T-shirts, but for red carpets, I like Oscar de la Renta, who is timeless. Marchesa celebrates the female form in an ethereal way. Donna Karan does an Urban Zen collection, which is eco-friendly. I love socially conscious fashion. #Quote by Serinda Swan
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#108. While you are continuing this practice, week after week, year after year, your experience will become deeper and deeper, and your experience will cover everything you do in your everyday life. The most important thing is to forget all gain
ing ideas, all dualistic ideas. In other words, just practice zazen in a certain posture. Do not think about anything. Just remain on your cushion without expecting anything. Then eventually you will resume your own true nature. That is to say, your own true nature resumes itself. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by T. Scott McLeod
#109. Nothing needs to be done, and things get done. #Quote by T. Scott McLeod
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#110. If you want to study Zen, you should forget all your previous ideas and just practice zazen and see what kind of experience you have in your practice. That is naturalness. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Laurence Gonzales
#111. The world we imagine seems as real as the ones we've experienced. We suffuse the model with the emotional values of past realities. And in the thrall of that vision (call it "the plan," writ large), we go forth and take action. If things don't go according to the plan, revising such a robust model may be difficult. In an environment that has high objective hazards, the longer it takes to dislodge the imagined world in favor of the real one, the greater the risk. In nature, adaptation is important; the plan is not. It's a Zen thing. We must plan. But we must be able to let go of the plan, too. #Quote by Laurence Gonzales
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#112. I think metaphysics is good if it improves everyday life; otherwise forget it. #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#113. Contrast is not 'bad' since the contrast we experience still causes us to learn and grow. Expansion never ceases, and that is a beautiful thing. Contrast allows us to see what is not in alignment with our Authentic Selves, and then presents us with opportunity after opportunity to respond from a place of compassion, forgiveness, acceptance, love, joy, gratitude, etc. Thus, when we break the karmic loop we swing back into alignment with Spirit. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#114. You've got to live right, too. It's the way you live that predisposes you to avoid the traps and see the right facts. You want to know how to paint a perfect painting? It's easy. Make yourself perfect and then just paint naturally. That's the way all the experts do it. The making of a painting or the fixing of a motorcycle isn't separate from the rest of your existence. If you're a sloppy thinker the six days of the week you aren't working on your machine, what trap avoidance, what gimmicks, can make you all of a sudden sharp on the seventh? It all goes together ... The real cycle you're working in is a cycle called yourself. The machine that appears to be "out there" and the person that appears to be "in here" are not two separate things. They grow toward Qaulity or fall away from Qaulity together. #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Jim Harrison
#115. Zen is the vehicle of reality. #Quote by Jim Harrison
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#116. Our journey is our breath that makes up the seconds, the emotions that are in the minutes, and our purpose that make up the hours. Stay true to yourself in each moment, and remain vigilant to your purpose in every instant. Our journey begins with the first breath and thereby by every breath that follows. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Yukio Mishima
#117. I hope that I am making myself understood. The Golden Temple once more appeared before me. Or rather, I should say that the breast was transformed into the Golden Temple. #Quote by Yukio Mishima
Zen quotes by Evy Zen
#118. With'n these ribs is / a City of Luminous / all thanks t`you. #Quote by Evy Zen
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#119. You cannot be born and you cannot die. You will exist in a universe that goes on forever. That is the ultimate horror from the Zen point of view. You could be unhappy forever. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Philip Reeve
#120. Everyone was losing things, leaving things behind, clinging to old memories as they rushed into the future. Everyone was a passenger on a runaway train. It was true that Zen would be going farther than most. But at least he didn't #Quote by Philip Reeve
Zen quotes by John Bradshaw
#121. Sam Keen points out that Zen masters spend years to reach an enlightenment that every natural child already knows - the total incarnation of sleeping when you're tired and eating when you're hungry. What irony that this state of Zen-like bliss is programmatically and systematically destroyed. #Quote by John Bradshaw
Zen quotes by Charlotte Joko Beck
#122. Living Zen is nothing special: life as it is. Zen is life itself, nothing added. #Quote by Charlotte Joko Beck
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#123. Pity moment, blah! Let's turn it around! We do not even need to go into the story of it. We acknowledge this moment and release it. We love and accept and forgive ourselves. And we acknowledge that this is a tiny stitch, a brief pinprick in the needlepoints we are creating of our lives. And we also acknowledge that this lifetime of ours is but a tiny little stitch in the ever-expanding, infinite needlepoint of the Universe. Self-pity is not a reason good enough for us to be out of alignment with peace. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Hui Hai
#124. Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need #Quote by Hui Hai
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#125. One day in my shoes and a day for me in your shoes, the beauty of travel lies in the ease and willingness to be more open. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#126. If you were just you, you would be happy. But of course, you don't know who or what you are. So how can you possibly be happy? That is why you have got to study Zen ... or something. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Nevill Drury
#127. The teachings of Osho, in fact, encompass many religions, but he is not defined by any of them. He is an illuminating speaker on Zen, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity and ancient Greek philosophy ... and also a prolific author. #Quote by Nevill Drury
Zen quotes by Baisao
#128. The Zen Monk Kyō Has Changed His Name to Mujū Dōryū. I Wrote This Verse to Celebrate The Great Prospects That Lie Before Him

Unwillingness to remain in the ruts of former Buddha patriarchs
Unsurpassed aspiration and fierce passion to achieve the Way
These are precisely the qualities found in a true Zen monk
Attained the very moment you "have been there and back. #Quote by Baisao
Zen quotes by Jarod Kintz
#129. I wrote a zen koan once about love, but it didn't make any sense. That's how I knew I had accurately described love. #Quote by Jarod Kintz
Zen quotes by Eugen Herrigel
#130. The Master's warning that we should not practice anything except self-detaching immersion. #Quote by Eugen Herrigel
Zen quotes by Alan W. Watts
#131. [T]he part and the whole, the individual and the cosmos, are what they are only in relation to one another. #Quote by Alan W. Watts
Zen quotes by Philip Toshio Sudo
#132. When mind and action are separate, zen is lost. We keep the two in sync by paying attention. #Quote by Philip Toshio Sudo
Zen quotes by Zhuangzi
#133. Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. #Quote by Zhuangzi
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#134. Every day, I take steps to resolve all my karmic ties, live with intention, smile and laugh often, express my love, and act on what brings me fulfillment. Why wait until we have one foot in the grave to suddenly become spiritual, forgiving, and at peace with the world? #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Jack Kerouac
#135. Little absent from everything in the way of a Zen Master actually who realizes that everything is indifferent anyway, #Quote by Jack Kerouac
Zen quotes by Dogen
#136. Every man possesses the Buddha-nature. Do not demean yourselves. #Quote by Dogen
Zen quotes by Steve Hagen
#137. If your idea of good opposes something else, you can be sure that [it] is not absolute or certain. #Quote by Steve Hagen
Zen quotes by Dainin Katagiri
#138. The truth of life is just to live. #Quote by Dainin Katagiri
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#139. In advanced Zen a person comes to realize that the existence of things and their ability to perceive them correctly is completely dependent upon their state of mind. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Peter Levitt
#140. Watermelons and Zen students grow pretty much the same way. Long periods of sitting till they ripen and grow all juicy inside, but when you knock them on the head to see if they're ready sounds like nothing's going on. #Quote by Peter Levitt
Zen quotes by T. Scott McLeod
#141. The mind is limitless, in its creations. #Quote by T. Scott McLeod
Zen quotes by Ruth Ozeki
#142. She explained to me that young people need lots of exercise and that we should exhaust ourselves on a daily basis or else we would have troublesome thoughts and dreams, which would result in troublesome actions. #Quote by Ruth Ozeki
Zen quotes by Forrest Curran
#143. In life hard times will befall you that will create doubt in yourself, and life will ask questions of the authenticity of the person you are. Carrying the lotus means being true to yourself and in the realization that you were always meant to grow above this mud. We are meant to grow, progress, and evolve in this relentless environment of the World and through it all achieve happiness with grace in letting go. Carry the Lotus within; grow and rise above from the harsh and remorseless world beneath you. #Quote by Forrest Curran
Zen quotes by Dogen
#144. Before one studies Zen, mountains are mountains and waters are waters; after a first glimpse into the truth of Zen, mountains are no longer mountains and waters are no longer waters; after enlightenment, mountains are once again mountains and waters once again waters. #Quote by Dogen
Zen quotes by Pirsig
#145. The more you look, the more you see. - Pirsig, Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance #Quote by Pirsig
Zen quotes by Bodhidharma
#146. A Buddha doesn't observe precepts. A Buddha doesn't do good or evil. A Buddha isn't energetic or lazy. A Buddha is someone who does nothing, someone who can't even focus his mind on a Buddha. A Buddha isn't a Buddha. Don't think about Buddhas. #Quote by Bodhidharma
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#147. Detachment is being apathetic or aloof to other people, while un-attachment is acknowledging and honoring other people, while choosing not to let them influence your emotional well being. Detached would mean I do not care, while un-attached means I care, although I am not going to alter my emotional state due to your emotions, words, or actions. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Reginald Horace Blyth
#148. A thief running away like mad from a ferocious watch-dog may be a splendid example of Zen. #Quote by Reginald Horace Blyth
Zen quotes by Doreen Virtue
#149. I learned that you can stand up for yourself and still maintain your zen! #Quote by Doreen Virtue
Zen quotes by Agnes Martin
#150. One thing I like about Zen. It doesn't believe in achievement. #Quote by Agnes Martin
Zen quotes by Thich Nhat Hanh
#151. Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won't have to go around search for it. #Quote by Thich Nhat Hanh
Zen quotes by Michele Harrison
#152. It was reading Robert Pirsig's Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance that did it. In it, the author explains that there are two types of people: the romantics (the Zen part of the title) and the classics (the motorcycle maintenance part of the title). Romantics are interested in the pleasure of riding a bike, while classics are interested in the pleasure of understanding how the bike works. #Quote by Michele Harrison
Zen quotes by Omori Sogen
#153. The eternity of "anytime" shines in this moment "now" while the unlimitedness of "anyplace" is manifested in the limits of "here." When the universality of "anyone" dances out in the individual "I," for the first time you have the world of Zen. #Quote by Omori Sogen
Zen quotes by Ruth Ozeki
#154. Zazen is better than a home. Zazen is a home that you can't ever lose. #Quote by Ruth Ozeki
Zen quotes by Shivanshu K. Srivastava
#155. Meditation is like a lullaby to the mind. Like the body, the mind too needs rest. #Quote by Shivanshu K. Srivastava
Zen quotes by Zen
#156. - No seed ever sees the flower. #Quote by Zen
Zen quotes by Osho
#157. Zen is magic. It gives you the key to open the miraculous. And the miraculous is in you and the key is also in you. #Quote by Osho
Zen quotes by Ikkyu
#158. Like vanishing dew,
a passing apparition
or the sudden flash
of lightning
already gone
thus should one regard one's self. #Quote by Ikkyu
Zen quotes by Jenny Offill
#159. I slipped it into your papers to see if you would notice. The Zen master Ikkyu was once asked to write a distillation of the highest wisdom. He wrote only one word: Attention. #Quote by Jenny Offill
Zen quotes by Zen
#160. No snow flake ever falls in the wrong place #Quote by Zen
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#161. Be YOU. There is nothing sexier than someone who is confident enough to be themselves, quirks and all. It is often your unique nature that separates you from the crowd in the best way possible for your romantic match to notice you. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#162. The study of Zen is a retraining. It is a series of new ways, not just one way, to learn to use your mind more efficiently. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Gary A. Kowalski
#163. Everyone needs a spiritual guide: a minister, rabbi, counselor, wise friend, or therapist. My own wise friend is my dog. He has deep knowledge to impart. He makes friends easily and doesn't hold a grudge. He enjoys simple pleasures and takes each day as it comes. Like a true Zen master he eats when he is hungry and sleeps when he is tired. He's not hung up about sex. Best of all, he befriends me with an unconditional love that human beings would do well to imitate. #Quote by Gary A. Kowalski
Zen quotes by Rajneesh
#164. The future of humanity will move closer and closer toward the approach of Zen, because the meeting of the East and West is possible only through something like Zen, which is earthly and yet unearthly. #Quote by Rajneesh
Zen quotes by Zen Master
#165. A student asked to his master: "You teach me fighting but you talk about peace. How do you reconcile the two?"

The master replied: " It's better to be warrior in garden than to be a gardener in war. #Quote by Zen Master
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#166. Zen is the study of mind in all of its manifestations. The purpose of Zen is to be happy. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Tsunetomo Yamamoto
#167. It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material posessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect. #Quote by Tsunetomo Yamamoto
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#168. There are different pathways - be it Zen, tantra, karma yoga, or jnana yoga. Different ways have been devised to do the same thing for different types of people according to their temperament. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Lew Welch
#170. ALRIGHT then, be a Zen monk. But you wait and see. You'll be happy and bright. You'll laugh. People will envy and ridicule you. You won't care. (sigh) #Quote by Lew Welch
Zen quotes by Buddha
#171. The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground. #Quote by Buddha
Zen quotes by Seungsahn
#172. Throwing away Zen mind is correct Zen mind. Only keep the question, 'What is the best way of helping other people?' #Quote by Seungsahn
Zen quotes by Dogen
#173. If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? #Quote by Dogen
Zen quotes by Nicholas C. Rossis
#174. No bow can be strung indefinitely, for it will surely break #Quote by Nicholas C. Rossis
Zen quotes by Jean Smith
#175. Zen provides a structure that supports our exploring the practice and the teachings for ourselves. #Quote by Jean Smith
Zen quotes by Seneca.
#176. It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. #Quote by Seneca.
Zen quotes by Anonymous
#177. Meditation does not have to be long or complicated for you to receive its benefits. If you haven't done it before, I suggest you begin by meditating for five minutes a day. A good time to engage in this practice is in the morning just after you've awakened, but you can do it at any time that works for you. Find a comfortable position where you are sitting with your spine straight. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath. Just follow your breath in and out for five minutes. If you find that you have started to think of something other than your breath during those five minutes, gently pull yourself back to concentrating on your breath. What you are seeking is five minutes of relaxed, easy focus on your breath. In, out, in, out, in, out. Summarizing how important this centeredness practice is, the Zen master Pao-chih simply said, "If the mind is never aroused toward objects, then wherever you walk is the site of enlightenment. #Quote by Anonymous
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#178. Have no fear. Trust in the vibrational currents of your life. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson
Zen quotes by David Foster Wallace
#179. What if heredity, instead of linear, is branching? What if it's not arousal that's so finitely circumscribed? What if in fact there were only like two really distinct individual people walking back there in history's mist? That all difference descends from this difference? The whole and the partial. The damaged and the intact. The deformed and the paralyzingly beautiful. The insane and the attendant. The hidden and the blindingly open. The performer and the audience. No Zen-type one, always rather two, one upside down in a convex lens. #Quote by David Foster Wallace
Zen quotes by Joan Chittister,
#180. Of all the things we share, the most central is not in the liturgical or theological or canonical dimensions of the religion. It is in the realm of our personal​ search and experience of God.
I have danced in a Sufi fikre, sat for hours in a Zen Buddhist tea ceremony, been part of a Hindu puja, attended Shabbat services in multiple Jewish synagogues, and never, in any of those moments of worship, did I doubt these people were just as deeply involved in the search for God as I am. And that God was with us all.

And why not?

God is everywhere, they told us as children. But the question never goes away: Yes, but - where is God for me? I don't feel God. I don't hear God. I don't know how to know God. So God is surely in all these other places where the consciousness of God is also real, as well. But as much as I knew, even as a child, that it had to be true, that God was everywhere, still God was nowhere in particular in life. And, though I did not know it at the time, and so struggled through the thought of god for night after night in life, in that reality was all I needed to know about the search for God.

It was years, of course, before I realized that I was looking for Something rather than for Everything, and so I found nothing because I was looking for the wrong thing. And that is the kind of seeking that causes all the pain. #Quote by Joan Chittister,
Zen quotes by Earl R. Smith II
#181. Shall you live authentically who you are or will you spend your allotted living the life of someone you imagine your self to be? #Quote by Earl R. Smith II
Zen quotes by Robert M. Pirsig
#182. Mountains should be climbed with as little effort as possible and without desire. The reality of your own nature should determine the speed. If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. #Quote by Robert M. Pirsig
Zen quotes by Fritjof Capra
#183. In the words of a Zen poem, At dusk the cock announces dawn; At midnight, the bright sun. #Quote by Fritjof Capra
Zen quotes by Dainin Katagiri
#184. Consideration of others extends beyond just other human beings to include all things - tables, cushions, even toilet paper. We must be considerate of all things and treat them with great appreciation and respect. #Quote by Dainin Katagiri
Zen quotes by Dogen
#185. A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. #Quote by Dogen
Zen quotes by Leo Tolstoy
#186. During this journey it was as if he again thought over his whole life and reached the same old comforting and hopeless conclusion: that there was no need for him to start anything, that he had to live out his life without doing evil, without anxiety, and without wishing for anything. #Quote by Leo Tolstoy
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#187. Zen is a very quick path. Zen is the path of meditation. The word Zen means emptiness or fullness, meditation. Meditation is the quickest path to enlightenment. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Kay Larson
#188. Suffering builds character and impels you to penetrate life's secrets. It's the path of great artists, great religious leaders, great social reformers. The problem is not suffering per se, but rather our identification with our own ego: our divided, dualistic, cramped view of things. 'We are too ego-centered,' Suzuki tells Cage.' The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow. We seem to carry it all the time from childhood up to the time we finally pass away. #Quote by Kay Larson
Zen quotes by Ana Claudia Antunes
#189. All the drain leads to the ocean...
So chill out and enjoy the motion! #Quote by Ana Claudia Antunes
Zen quotes by Summer Lane
#190. There isn't a Zen zone on this side of the planet that could calm me down. #Quote by Summer Lane
Zen quotes by Peter Matthiessen
#191. Left alone, I am overtaken by the northern void-no wind, no cloud, no track, no bird, only the crystal crescents between peaks, the ringing monuments of rock that, freed from the talons of ice and snow, thrust an implacable being into the blue. In the early light, the rock shadows on the snow are sharp; in the tension between light and dark is the power of the universe. This stillness to which all returns, this is reality, and soul and sanity have no more meaning than a gust of snow; such transience and insignificance are exalting, terrifying, all at once ... Snow mountains, more than sea or sky, serve as a mirror to one's own true being, utterly still, utterly clear, a void, an Emptiness without life or sound that carries in Itself all life, all sound. #Quote by Peter Matthiessen
Zen quotes by Lena Dunham
#192. I have sort of a Zen body philosophy, I'm sort of like: we're one weight one day, we're one weight another day, and some day our body just doesn't even exist at all! It's just a vessel I've been given to move through this life. I think about my body as a tool to do the stuff I need to do, but not the be all and end all of my existence. Which sounds like I spent a week at a meditation retreat, but it's genuinely how I feel. #Quote by Lena Dunham
Zen quotes by Rajneesh
#193. If your creativity comes out of your silence, out of your Zen, out of your meditations, then it is authentic, original. If it comes only as an occupation because you are feeling lost and there is nothing to do - a long holiday, so you start doing something ... That is not coming out of your silences, it is coming out of your crazy mind. #Quote by Rajneesh
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#194. In Zen we classify ten thousand different states of mind, different ways of seeing life. There is something beyond the ten thousand states of mind that we call nirvana. #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Frederick Lenz
#195. This is Zen, and in Zen, as we all know ... anything goes! #Quote by Frederick Lenz
Zen quotes by Jim Butcher
#196. Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar #Quote by Jim Butcher
Zen quotes by Carlo Zen
#197. If you're claiming to be the Supreme Being (even if you're not doing a very good job at it), I wish you were a bit more mentally mature. #Quote by Carlo Zen
Zen quotes by Alan Ball
#198. Beneath his zen-like tranquility lurks something wounded… and dangerous. #Quote by Alan Ball
Zen quotes by Shunryu Suzuki
#199. In zazen, leave your front door and your back door open. Let thoughts come and go. Just don't serve them tea. #Quote by Shunryu Suzuki
Zen quotes by Alaric Hutchinson
#200. People who suffer the most often inflict the most pain onto others. Compassion can be found through understanding this. When someone is internally suffering, sometimes the only reality they know is that of pain and thus their only knowledge is how to be a victim or an abuser. That's all they are able to communicate. Holding onto the thorn of resentment does not help them or you, but fostering compassion and forgiveness will. #Quote by Alaric Hutchinson

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