Saturday, 12 February 2011


What is Zen? And how does one incorporate the teachings of Zen in daily life?

              When walking, just walk; when eating, just eat; when showering, just shower. 
              We do those things but we’re following our thinking the whole time. We’re eating, but we’re not really tasting the food. We’re not fully living in the moment. Living in the moment – that’s Zen.
              Zen means to return to this moment. Hear the bird, hear the rain, feel the air-conditioning sitting here. That’s Zen. From that point I can function clearly, openly. - Venerable Hyon Gak

Zen just means understanding my true nature. Zen means meditation, and meditation means finding my true self – finding my true nature. - Venerable Hyon Gak

Being Zen about something means just being as it is. Seeing clearly, hearing clearly, smelling clearly, tasting clearly, touching clearly – that’s Zen. So everything as it is, is truth. But when we add thinking, we don’t see truth as it is. We see something that we like, or we don’t like; we want or don’t want’ we accept or don’t accept. That’s not Zen. - Venerable Hyon Gak

Zen is practice, experience, life — not explaining, interpreting, investigating, quibbling. All talk, as the Chinese masters of old say, is at best a finger pointing to the moon. The finger is not the moon and cannot pull the moon down. - Heinrich Dumoulin 

Zen Sayings

Before enlightenment chop wood carry water.  After enlightenment chop wood carry water. - Unknown

If you have no feelings about worldly things, they are all Buddhism; if you have feelings about Buddhism, it is a worldly thing. - Zen Saying

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are. - Zen Proverb

In studying the way, realizing it is hard; once you have realized it, preserving it is hard. When you can preserve it, putting it into practice is hard. - Zen Saying

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound! - Zen Saying

Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung. - Zen Saying

Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life -- after that you cannot be deceived. - Zen Saying

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

There is nothingness, where comes the dust? - Zen proverb

This is it. But if you fixate on it, It isn’t anymore. - Zen Proverb

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. - Shunryu Suzuki-roshi

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