Zen Quotes

"Being totally bus...

"Being totally busy is a wasteful way of living." โ€”Zen saying
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"The only Zen you find at th...

"The only Zen you find at the top of the mountain is the Zen you bring with you" --- proverb
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One forgets the self, Zen teachers say, by becoming one with the task at hand. At such moments, r...

One forgets the self, Zen teachers say, by becoming one with the task at hand. At such moments, released from the burdens of self-hood, one glimpses, however briefly, a state of spiritual wholeness that underlies and supports oneโ€™s everyday consciousness. โ€”Andrew Cooper, The Transcendent Imperative
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"No snowflake eve...

"No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place." โ€”Zen Proverb
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"Thr tighter you ...

"Thr tighter you squeeze, the less you have." ( Zen Saying)
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"Moment after moment, everythin...

"Moment after moment, everything comes out of Nothingness. This is the true joy of life." โ€”Zen saying
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"If you understand, things are just a...

"If you understand, things are just as they are; If you do not understand, things are just as they are." โ€” Zen Proverb.
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"If you understand, then things are exactly what...

"If you understand, then things are exactly what they are. And, if you do not understand, then things are exactly what they are." -- Gensha, Zen Master
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"Only when you can be extremely...

"Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.โ€ โ€”Zen Proverb
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"Compassion is the natural functioning of wisdom. Th...

"Compassion is the natural functioning of wisdom. The clearer one sees, the more readily one uses loving words." โ€”Gerry Shishin Wick Sensei, โ€œZen in the Workplaceโ€
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โ€œA flower does not think of c...

โ€œA flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.โ€ โ€“ Zen Shin
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"If you wish to see the t...

"If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against." - Zen proverb
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"Children are natural Zen maste...

"Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment." โ€”John Bradshaw
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โ€œMan stands in his ow...

โ€œMan stands in his own shadow and wonders why itโ€™s dark.โ€ -Zen Saying
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"Zen... does not confuse spirituality with thinki...

"Zen... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." - Alan Watts
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"You should sit in meditation for twenty m...

"You should sit in meditation for twenty minutes every day โ€” unless youโ€™re too busy. Then you should sit for an hour.โ€ - Zen proverb
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"Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive and be awake. We tend to daydream ...

"Zen is really just a reminder to stay alive and be awake. We tend to daydream all the time, speculating and dwelling on the past. Zen practice is about appreciating your life in this moment." โ€”Zenkei Blanche Hartman, โ€œZen Practice Each Momentโ€
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โ€œThe only Zen you find on the ...

โ€œThe only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up thereโ€ - Robert M. Pirsig
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โ€œโ€˜To knowโ€™ and โ€˜to comprehendโ€™ are distinctly different. Although one knows, one canโ€™t comprehend...

โ€œโ€˜To knowโ€™ and โ€˜to comprehendโ€™ are distinctly different. Although one knows, one canโ€™t comprehend without first putting knowledge into practice. Merely studying medicinal benefits wonโ€™t cure an illness. Zen is thus something which one canโ€™t comprehend until it is put into practice.โ€ โ€” Dลgen Zenji
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"One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality. This is a very wonderf...

"One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality. This is a very wonderful saying... If you want to see what you truly are, open the window, and everything you see is in fact the expression of your inner reality. Can you embrace all of it?" - Adyashanti
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Evening Gatha at Zen Mountain Monastery "Let me respectfully remind you, Life and d...

Evening Gatha at Zen Mountain Monastery "Let me respectfully remind you, Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. . . . . . awaken, Take heed. Do not squander your life."
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"A donkey carrying a p...

"A donkey carrying a pile of holy books is still a donkey." โ€” Zen Proverb
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Talk does ...

Talk does not cook rice --Zen proverb
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"Let go o...

"Let go or be dragged." Zen Proverb
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"Let go o...

"Let go or be dragged." Zen Proverb
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"The only Zen you can find on th...

"The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there." - Robert M. Pirsig
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Zen Master Bankei, when asked what miraculous powe...

Zen Master Bankei, when asked what miraculous powers has he gained through zen, said, "My miracle is that when I'm hungry, I eat. When I am tired, I sleep."
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"As the Zen Buddhist saying g...

"As the Zen Buddhist saying goes, how you do anything is how you do everything." โ€“ Simon Sinek
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โ€œYou should sit in meditation for 20 m...

โ€œYou should sit in meditation for 20 minutes a day, unless you're too busy, then you should sit for an hour.โ€ -Zen adage
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"When the shoe fi...

"When the shoe fits, the foot is forgotten." โ€” Zen Proverb
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"It takes a wise man to learn from...

"It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others'." โ€” Zen Proverb
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"If you wish to see the ...

"If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinions." - Danny Rand, Zen Saying
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"The opposite of ...

"The opposite of a great truth is also true." โ€“ Zen Proverb
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"When you look forward into time, it seem...

"When you look forward into time, it seems like forever. When you look back, it appears time has passed in a flash." โ€” Zen Proverb
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Let go or...

Let go or, be dragged - Zen Proverb
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โ€œWhen we attempt to exercise power or control over some...

โ€œWhen we attempt to exercise power or control over someone else, we cannot avoid giving that person the very same power or control over us.โ€ โ€• Alan W. Watts, The Way of Zen
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"You're not very brave are you?" "No. ...

"You're not very brave are you?" "No. But you'd be amazed at how smart I am." - Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
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โ€œWhen you are sitting in the middle of your...

โ€œWhen you are sitting in the middle of your problem, which is more real to you: your problem or you yourself?โ€ โ€” Zen Mind, Beginners Mind
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"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking...

"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." - Alan Watts
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Zen is a method of rediscovering the experience of being alive. The aim of Zen is ...

Zen is a method of rediscovering the experience of being alive. The aim of Zen is to bring about a transformation of consciousness, and to awaken us from the dream world of our endless thoughts so that we experience life as it is in the present moment.
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"Let go, o...

"Let go, or be dragged" ~ Zen Proverb
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Zen Koans - Wha...

Zen Koans - What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
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โ€Ž"I have lived with m...

โ€Ž"I have lived with many Zen masters, all of them cats." Eckhart Tolle
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"The only Zen you can find on th...

"The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there." - Robert M. Pirsig
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"The Obstac...

"The Obstacle Is The Path" - Zen Saying
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