200+ Best Zen Quotes And Sayings

Zen often gets described as the ultimate in peace and tranquility. However, there’s a lot more to Zen than just peace and tranquility. It’s a philosophy that’s steeped in the teachings of Buddha, but with Buddhist philosophies added to it. Zen isn’t about meditation Read more

Rather, it is about finding inner peace by understanding what is not obvious to most people. Buddhist monks are some of the greatest teachers of Zen because they have experienced life at its most intense levels. They have seen life from all angles and have managed to move through their experiences without getting too attached to their own emotions or opinions.

Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a...
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Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I'll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grassthe world is too full to talk about. Jalaluddin Rumi
The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to...
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The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion. Alan W. Watts
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to...
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Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door...
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Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar Jim Butcher
Life is more or less a lie, but then again,...
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Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that's exactly the way we want it to be. Bob Dylan
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Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss? Susan Gordon Lydon
The truth knocks on the door and you say,
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The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth, " and so it goes away. Puzzling. Robert M. Pirsig
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If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it. Walter Isaacson
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A great tree develops over time and can tell stories not only those of happiness, but also those that contain pain from what it has seen over the years, and as a result is the wise ancient tree that it is today. As the seasons change, the tree naturally goes through changes as well: where the leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall, falling by the Winter, returning in the Spring, and with full set of new leafs by the Summer. Love is no different in that there will be times when we are fully naked in the Winter, and left to wonder about Spring when it seemed so easy to love, yet the wise tree knows that no winter will last forever no matter how cold it may be. Forrest Curran
For your past, for your flaws, and ultimately for your...
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For your past, for your flaws, and ultimately for your stress; I judge no one whom I’ve met along the way because in a sense we were all wounded in our own ways. Forrest Curran
One day in my shoes and a day for me...
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One day in my shoes and a day for me in your shoes, the beauty of travel lies in the ease and willingness to be more open. Forrest Curran
As I naturally go through a full range of emotions...
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As I naturally go through a full range of emotions in my life, I mustn’t feel ashamed for feeling lost, for it is honest and human to feel such. Forrest Curran
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We become so absorbed in our flaws and faults that we forget that it is better to be a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. To have flaws is beauty in itself, a fact so frightening that we hurry to hide them from sight and tarnish the whole in the process of comparing ourselves to others. Forrest Curran
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Some we proudly display on our arms, while others we shyly conceal. Tattoo the moments of sorrow as well as the moments of splendor and beauty. Tattoo in an acknowledgment and tribute to home, and tattooing your beliefs that define who you are. Whether we intended to or not, every moment of our lives are tattooed to our heart. Forrest Curran
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods...
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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Alan W. Watts
A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored,
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A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?" Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason. Shunryu Suzuki
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Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days' worth of rice in my bag;a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out. Unknown
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I discovered that it is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color--something which exists before all forms and colors appear... No matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea. Shunryu Suzuki
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Then we’re just sitting there, staring at each other. Which has been happening a lot lately. It’s likewhatever wall there was between us, however she was holding herself back from me . all of thatpretense is gone.“ And when you find a soul mate, ” Sara says, “it’s undeniable. You have to be together.”“ That’s my philosophy.” I look back at her. “You have to go with the flow.”“ Exactly. I think the universe guides you to make the right choices.”“ Do you believe in fate?”“ I guess, but . it’s more about creating the life you want so you can make that fate a reality. Youknow? . Susane Colasanti
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Who we are now is all that really matters. Amy Joy