Zen Quotes

Emptiness is infact form when we forget the self. There's nothing in the universe *other* than ourself. Nothing to compare, name, or identify. When it's the only thing there is, how can we talk about it?? - Taizan Maezumi

If you put your conditioned intellect to rest for a long time, suddenly it will be like the bottom fallin out of a bucket -- then you will naturally be happy and at peace. - Yaunwu

This sounds an extraordinary statement to make, but in fact all truth is very ordinary. It is peoples' fantasies of what is true that is so extraordinary. That that we were born and that we face eternal extinction after death is an extraordinary fantasy. - Brian Perkins

Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it. - Helen Keller

If you are in the future, then ego seems to be very substantial. If you are in the present the ego is a mirage, it starts disappearing. - Osho

Not to study the Buddha way is to fall into the realm of shameless and erroneous ways. All preceding and succeeding Buddhas always practice the Buddha way. - Dogen Zenji

Covering both the natural and the spiritual, it (religion) should be based on a religious sense arising from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual and a meaningful unity. Buddhism answers this description - Einstein

Even to speak the word Buddha is dragging in the mud soaking wet; Even to say the word Zen is a total embarassment - Blue Cliff Record

Do not entertain hopes for realization, but practice all your life - Milarepa

If you understand, things are just as they are... If you do not understand, things are just as they are.... - Zen Saying

As one lamp serves to dispel a thousand years of darkness, so one flash of wisdom destroys ten thousand years of ignorance - Hui-Neng

Seize from every moment its unique novelty and do not prepare your joys - Andre Gide

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

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure - Helen Keller

All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence. - Buddha's last words

I do not cut my life up into days but my days into lives, each day, each hour, an entire life. - Juan Ramon Jimenez

I have discovered that all of mans unhappiness derives from only one source, not being able to sit quietly in a room - Blaise Pascal

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it - Dogen Zenji

It is the thoughtlife that pollutes - Jesus

We do not learn by experience, but by our capacity for experience - Buddha

The world is ruled by letting things take their course. - Lao-Tzu

If your eye is pure, there will be sunshine in your soul. But if your eye is clouded with evil thoughts and desires, you are in deep spiritual darkness. And oh, how deep that darkness can be! - Jesus

Carrying the self forward to confirm the myriad dharmas is delusion. The myriad dharmas advancing and confirming the self is realization - Dogen Zenji

I long to accomplish a great and noble task; but it is my chief duty to accomplish small tasks as if they were great and noble. - Hellen Keller

To get rid of your passions is not Nirvana; to look upon them as no matter of yours, that is nirvana. - Anonymous

Give up remembrence--What end is there to pure wind circling the earth? - Blue Cliff Record

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there - Yasutani Roshi

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? - Dogen Zenji

Beyond, beyond, totally beyond, perfectly beyond: Awakening ..Yes! - Heart Sutra

Have good trust in yourself -- not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are - Maezumi Roshi

The universe contracts, the sun, moon, and stars go black; even if blows of the cane shower like rain, and shouts thunder, this still does not measure up to the business of the transcendent methodology of Zen. - Blue Cliff Record

Ten thousand years are one moment, one moment is ten thousand years. If you want to become acquainted with direct perception, it is before mention is made. - Blue Cliff Record

We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. - Einstein

I'd like to offer something to help you but in the zen school we don't have a single thing! - Ikkyu

I gained nothing at all from supreme enlightenment, and for that very reason it is called supreme enlightenment. - the Buddha

Real Practice has orientation or direction, but it has no purpose or gaining idea, so it can include everything that comes. - Shunryu Suzuki

We would never learn to be brave and patient if there were only joy in the world. - Hellen Keller

In your hopelessness is the only hope, and in your desirelessness is your only fulfillment, and in your tremendous helplessness suddenly the whole existence starts helping you. - Osho

Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves. - The Buddha

One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield. - The Buddha

Many persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. - Helen Keller

Just live that life. It doesn't matter whether it is life or hell, life of the hungry ghost, life of the animal, it's okay; just live that life, see. And as a matter of fact no other way. Where you stand, where you are, that's what your life is right there, regardless of how painful it is or how enjoyable it is. That's what it is. - Taizan Maezumi