To be simple means to make a choice about what's important, and let go of all the rest. When we are able to do this, our vision expands, our heads clear, and we can better see the details of our lives in all their incredible wonder and beauty.

— John Daido Loori

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The creative process, like a spiritual journey, is intuitive, non-linear, and experiential. It points us toward our essential nature, which is a reflection of the boundless creativity of the universe.


Wordless is not the same of expressionless.

All phenomenon of the universe, audible and inaudible, tangible and intangible, sentient and insentient, are the clear and ceaseless expression of the buddha nature.


To be still means to empty yourself from the incessant flow of thoughts and create a state of consciousness that is open and receptive.


serene illumination, or just sitting, is not a technique, or a means to some resulting higher state of consciousness, or any particular state of being. Just sitting, one simply meets the immediate present. Desiring some flashy experience, or anything more or other than 'this' is mere worldly vanity and craving.


In the action of no-action (wu-wei), a cardinal aspect of the true creative process is set forth. In wu-wei, the mind is silenced and the work is allowed to express itself.


Words and ideas are a description of reality, silence is a negation of reality.

What is the reality itself?


But down the bagagge, take of the blinders, and see for yourself that this very place is the valley of the endless spring, this very body is the body of the universe. At such a time, who is it who can accompany this?


Zen is a special transmission outside the scriptures,With no reliance on words and letters.A direct pointing to the human mind,And the realization of enlightenment.


Creativity is our birthright. It is an integral part of being human, as basic as walking, talking and thinking.


If you know the music the moment the violin string begins to vibrate, then you know how to navigate through the forest of brambles and entanglements with freedom and ease. If, on the other hand, you think that with practice the forest of brambles and entanglements will altogether disappear, then right from the beginning you are hopelessly entangled and won't find your way.


If you miss the moment, you miss your life.


To know objects only through dissecting and cataloguing them is to miss their full reality. It is to fall asleep amidst the mystery and to become numb to the wonder of this great Earth.


About John Daido Loori

Quotes 20 sayings
Profession Author
Birthday June 14, 1931

No creature, large or small, ever fails to cover the ground upon which it stands.


just sitting does not involve reaching some understanding.

It is the subtle activity of allowing all things to be completely at rest just as they are, not poking one's head into the workings of the world.


It is possible to do something, and to do something meticulously and completely with out creating a goal... all nature works this way.


What transpires for the least significant member transpires at once for the whole.


If I was asked to get rid of the Zen aesthetic and just keep one quality necessary to create art, I would say it's trust. When you learn to trust yourself implicitly, you no longer need to prove something through your art. You simply allow it to come out, to be as it is. This is when creating art becomes effortless. It happens just as you grow your hair. It grows.


There is no place to search for the truth. Though it's right beneath your feet, it can't be found.


The future doesn't exist. It hasn't happened yet. The past doesn't exist. It has already happened.

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