Best 766 of Zen quotes - MyQuotes

By Anonym 20 Sep

Benjamin W. Decker

With a beginner’s mind, we can all become more fluid in our understanding and thereby pave the way for a more fulfilling and balanced future.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Ernest Cadorin

On clear nights, the moon casts a glow on everything uniformly. It doesn’t discriminate by shining on one pond and not on another.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Joseph P. Kauffman

Because we feel ourselves to be separate from the world in which we live, we have also grown to feel quite alone in this world. Our sense of loneliness and isolation not only makes us feel depressed and miserable, but it also causes us to be anxious and afraid of the world and everyone in it. Because of this inherent fear, we put up all kinds of barriers to protect us from the world—barriers that we have created to keep us safe, but that really end up making us feel more alone, more miserable, and more afraid, as they prevent us from being our natural selves.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Steve Hagen

To forget the self is to remember that we don't exist alone, but in relation to other people, to other creatures, to the planet, and to the universe.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Thich Nhat Hanh

We should live every day like people who have just been rescued from the moon.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Cheri Huber

The quality of our lives is determined by the focus of our attention.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Your sweet-toting and sugarcoating is of no service to anyone! Do not sugarcoat reality; it only gives the people in your life a sweet-tooth that then makes it more challenging for them to later bite down on the hardness of life. Do not tote and tout sweets either – you’re malnourishing people! Instead give them the truth. What is the truth you may ask? Authentic expression of who you really are, how you really feel, without projecting the labels of right or wrong.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Darrell Calkins

Transcendence is more about the personal act of not engaging the enemy, finding a way out of the cage that is being designed for you at a particular moment by others, circumstance, or your own bad habits and ignorance.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Benjamin W. Decker

Appreciating the simple things, the great temporary gift of life and the beauty in all aspects of living, is perhaps one of the most power- ful, fulfilling benefits of practicing breath awareness.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Truth falls from the heavens like rain, gently carving many channels in the earth. Your truth may be different from my own, yet both are still true.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Mark Goodale

McKeon was a legendary University of Chicago philosophy professor who inspired 'cold sweat and raw fear' in a long list of students, including Susan Sontag, Richard Rorty, Paul Rabinow, and Robert Pirsig (who used McKeon as the model for the character of the dreaded 'Chairman' in his 1974 novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance).

By Anonym 16 Sep

Darrell Calkins

If you don’t practice presence, you never learn how to have busyness facilitate accomplishment.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Charlotte Joko Beck

When we discover Zen practice, we may hold out a hope that it is going to solve our problems and make our life perfect. But Zen practice simply returns us to life as it is. Being our lives more and more is what Zen practice is about. Our lives are simply what they are, and Zen helps us to recognize that fact. The thought "If I do this practice patiently enough, everything will be different" is simply another belief system, another version of the promise that is never kept.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sw. Chidananda Tirtha

God is one, paths are many.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Shunryu Suzuki

Sincerity itself is the railroad track.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Dogen Zenji

«Un antiguo sabio dijo: "una persona buena es como caminar bajo la niebla y la llovizna, aunque la ropa no se empape se va volviendo cada vez más húmeda."» (4-4, Shobogenzo)

By Anonym 16 Sep

Annastacia Dickerson

For some reason when I type the word "love" in my iPad it keeps autocorrecting to "live". I find it oddly profound. My ipad IS. My iPad is ZEN: “Only the iPad that autocorrects can write the true thing.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Mastery of impulse is achieved through taking pauses during life’s contrasting situations. Mastery of impulse is about developing strong willpower that can be used to redirect the flow of energy in any situation. Mastery of impulse is about responding to the world with a sense of reason and peace.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Benjamin W. Decker

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.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

What is your heart worth to you? The answer is ‘everything’. Our hearts are worth the World.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Your call to power is to slow down and reflect within. Gather the peace within yourself before you go out and act among the world. The feel good feeling that lasts is only achieved when you yourself know peace. Nothing is more powerful. This is why you have the highs and lows, the mood swings, the transcendent ecstasy followed by the crash. It is because you have yet to develop a foundation of peace for yourself that acts as an unmovable anchor in your life. Establish this peace in your life and you will experience a whole new reality of the world that flows with you in every way possible, rather than against you.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Forrest Curran

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.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Forrest Curran

Do not desperately seek refuge in heaven and delve in blissful ignorance; discover the fires and infernos of hell that have sprung inside of you.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Leland Lewis

There is no significant difference between Zen and Tao. They both embody the sacred Oneness of the All as a direct experience of Being-ness prior to and beyond any path or religion.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Joseph P. Kauffman

We are only able to disrespect, mistreat, and harm one another when we forget that the other person is us; when we only see the objects of form, and not the subjective Consciousness that lies within. Lust, greed, violence, selfishness—all arise from perceiving others in terms of their individual differences, seeing them only as bodies, and what we can get from them as bodies, rather than acknowledging the Being that lies within the body.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Sw. Chidananda Tirtha

For self realization you need to take a step, a step backwards.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Darrell Calkins

There’s a tunnel between our external skill sets and our deepest longings and passions. People with the highest developed skills always know how to traverse that tunnel. That is, personal integration and wholeness — and consequent accomplishment and fulfillment — are largely about “enlightening” the tool with the best we have in us. The tool could be anything — a voice or body, a musical instrument or paint brush, a trowel or computer. But skill is made up of capability, and that requires practiced familiarity over time with how to inject into the moment our unique talents, virtues and qualities.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Joseph P. Kauffman

Your true being, as Consciousness, is ever at peace, ever at rest, eternally existing in the dimension of here and now. It is the formless and eternal quality within you that expresses itself through the world of form.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Forrest Curran

Love was never meant to be contained solely in our hearts, just as life in a seed was always meant to break through into the world and become beauty to be shared.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Lidiya K.

There’s a void inside most people. It’s been created by not being contented with who we are, not being happy with what we have, not being present and looking for something more, better, more exciting out there. And we’ve always been trying to fill this void with something external.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Alan W. Watts

One of the blessings of easy communication between the great cultures of the world is that partisanship in religion and philosophy is ceasing to be intellectually respectable. Pure religions are as rare as pure cultures, and it is mentally crippling to suppose that there must be a number of fixed bodies of doctrine among which one must choose, where choice means accepting the system entirely or not at all. [...]. Those who rove freely through the various traditions, accepting what they can use and rejecting what they cannot, are condemned as undisciplined syncretists. But the use of one's reason is not a lack of discipline, not is there any important religion which is not itself a syncretism, a "growing up together" of ideas and practices of diverse origin.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Kosho Uchiyama Roshi

We do the self that is connected with the whole universe.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Nyogen Senzaki

5. If You Love, Love Openly Twenty monks and one nun, who was named Eshun, were practicing meditation with a certain Zen master. Eshun was very pretty even though her head was shaved and her dress plain. Several monks secretly fell in love with her. One of them wrote her a love letter, insisting upon a private meeting. Eshun did not reply. The following day the master gave a lecture to the group, and when it was over, Eshun arose. Addressing the one who had written her, she said: "If you really love me so much, come and embrace me now.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Lillian Jackson Braun

The cats were relaxing in a patch of sunlight on the rug without a thought in their sleek brown heads. What matter to them that it was Sunday-or even Thursday? Every day was Today in their scheme of things, and there was no such thing as Yesterday or Tomorrow.

By Anonym 20 Sep

T. Scott Mcleod

When I was young, I lacked certainty, too,” he says. “I have the certainty, now, of not needing certainty. I have the certainty, of uncertainty. The peace, with being uncertain. All is good. All is holy. Whatever you choose, it can be fine. Hatred never ceases with hatred, but with love alone is healed. Rejection never ceases with rejection, but with acceptance alone is healed.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Benjamin W. Decker

If your mind wanders, all that means is that you’re alive and your brain is functioning normally, which is great news!

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Bravery is listening even when you don't want to hear it.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Donna Quesada

You don't think your way back to joy; you open to it.

By Anonym 20 Sep

Kamand Kojouri

Why wait to forgive and let go only after you have sufficiently wallowed in your despair? Why not forgive and let go now?

By Anonym 19 Sep

Alan W. Watts

The rules of communication are not necessarily the rules of the universe, and man is not the role or identity which society thrusts upon him. For when a man no longer confuses himself with the definition of himself that others have given him, he is at once universal and unique. He is universal by virtue of the inseparability of his organism from the cosmos. He is unique in that he is just this organism and not any stereotype of role, class, or identity assumed for the convenience of social communication.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Darrell Calkins

Because as you become better at everything, as the innate skills actually manifest in reality, the bar rises for the next jump. The core demand for evolution is relentless, and respect, happiness, love and joy are irrevocably tied to it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Marc Aronson

A walk with a two-year-old is very Zen; it is not about the end but the journey. He needs to pet the dog someone is walking; to roll down the slight incline to the church basement, and then roll again, and again, and again; to remind me of the place where the wasps (he calls them bees) live, then zoom past it.

By Anonym 19 Sep

Bert Mccoy

The wind plays its own music.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Benjamin Aubrey Myers

How does one move a rock? Walk around it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

A single thought can shift your entire world.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Alaric Hutchinson

Respect everyone who crosses your path, even if you feel they don't deserve it.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Forrest Curran

By creating an image of low self- esteem within ourselves, we bomb and terrorize our true self. When we refuse to forgive, we create an insensible war from old grudges. When we allow stress to impede our healthy flow of energy, we create the weapon of destruction that kills humanity.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Masaharu Anesaki

All instruction is but as a finger pointing to the moon; and he whose gaze is fixed upon the pointer will never see beyond.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Darrell Calkins

As a soul, you have the freedom – and earned responsibility – to transpose your personal process of evolution, to manifest your greatest talents and vision, into the work that matters to you most as a means to personal redemption.

By Anonym 18 Sep

Darrell Calkins

The experience of yearning is a composite of Nature’s purest impulse in you (the need for radical movement; think of all the analogies in all the religions and philosophies concerning the truth and beauty of light; if you take it literally, that means to become truth, beauty, light, get moving at 299,792,458 kilometres per second) combined with your unique qualities and talents of past/present/future (experiences, potentials, attractions and distractions, imagination, etc.). Simply put: need for radical movement in a definite direction.