Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Zen - Quotes


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In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. - Shunryu Suzuki

In Zen, poverty is voluntary, and considered not really as poverty so much as simplicity, freedom, unclutteredness. - Alan Watts

Let go or be dragged. - Zen Saying

Most writers agree on the fact that Zen is not to be understood but to be lived; and far from being incompatible with the requirements of everyday life, Zen confers on it its own full revealing value. - Robert Linssen

No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over ... the Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth. - Douglas Hofstadter

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. - Bodhidharma

Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate. - Huang Po

When I say that Zen is life, I mean that Zen is not to be confined within conceptualization, that Zen is what makes conceptualization possible. - Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need. - Hui Hai

Zen is a double-edged sword, killing words and thoughts, yet at the same time, giving them life. Although beyond human intellect and philosophy, Zen is their root and source. - Masao Abe

Zen is a special transmission outside the Canonical Scriptures; it does not depend upon texts. - Robert Linssen

Zen is everywhere.... But for you, Zen is right here. - Suzuki Roshi

Zen is very easy! It's like touching your nose when you wash your face in the morning! - Seung Sahn

Zen lives in the present. The Whole teaching is: how to be in the present; how to get out of the past which is no more and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centered, in that which is. - Osho

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. - Jane Hirshfield

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