Zen Quotes
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Zen quotes and sayings reflect Buddhist philosophy without being a philosophy at all. Zen refers to different aspects of non-being. It calls for extreme mindfulness and contemplation...

...of the seemingly contradictory nature of ‘now.’ Suko Morinaga says, “Always now – just now – come into being. Always now – just now – give yourself to death. Practicing this is Zen practice.” Another interesting Zen saying invites us to consider this: “If something is boring after two minutes, try if for four; If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually, one discovers that it is not boring but very interesting.” Zen is the opposite of stress, busy-ness, and all forms of hurrying. It is all about ‘being here now.’ Close your eyes. Take a few deep cleansing breaths and get lost in a moment of nothingness.


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The bad news is you’re falling through the air, nothing to hang on to, no parachute. The good news is there’s no ground.
Chogyam Trungpa

No fight: no blame.
Lao Tzu

The sage does not collect precious things. He does not hold on to ideas. He brings men back to what they have lost.
Lao Tzu

To know and not to do is not yet to know.
Lao Tzu

Who can wait quietly until the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Lao Tzu

Stillness, insight, and wisdom arise only when we can settle into being complete in this moment, without having to seek or hold on to or reject anything.
Jon Kabat-Zinn

Always now - just now - come into being. Always now - just now - give yourself to death. Practicing this is Zen practice.
Sōkō Morinaga

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four: If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually, one discovers that it is not boring but very interesting.
Zen Proverb

The more one is absorbed in so-called philosophy, the greater one's delusion and blindness.
Emanuel Swedenborg

Zen has no gates. The purpose of Buddha's words is to enlighten others. Therefore Zen should be gateless. But, how does one pass through the gateless gate?
Mumon

Zen is the vehicle of reality.
Jim Harrison

To know that you do not know is the best. To pretend to know when you do not know is a disease.
Lao Tzu

To know that you know, and to know that you don’t know – that is real wisdom.
Confucius

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
Lao Tzu



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