It is the very mind itself that leads the mind astray - of the mind, do not be mindless

— Takuan Soho

The most relaxing Takuan Soho quotes that are free to learn and impress others

When one practices discipline and moves from the beginner's territory to immovable wisdom, one makes a return and falls back to the level of the beginner.


Sever the edge between before and after.


When this No-Mind has been well developed, the mind does not stop with one thing nor does it lack any one thing. It appears appropriately when facing a time of need.


One does not divine this by impressions or knowledge.

What this means is that no matter how much you try to figure or calculate by means of impressions or knowledge, it will not prove the least bit useful. Therefore, separate yourself from the discrimination of figuring things out.


The Buddha and all sentient beings are not two.


Preoccupied with a single leaf, you won't see the tree.

Preoccupied with a single tree, you'll miss the entire forest.


Zen is to have the heart and soul of a little child.


Presumably, as a Martial artist, I do not fight for gain or loss, am not concerned with strength or weakness, and neither advance a step nor retreat a step. The enemy does not see me. I do not see the enemy. Penetrating to a place where heaven and earth have not yet divided, where yin and yang have not yet arrived, I quickly and necessarily gain effect.


Shonin: I have composed a poem. Kokushi: Let's hear it. Shonin: When I chant, Both Buddha and self Cease to exist. There is only the voice that says, Namu Amida Butsu. Kokushi: Something's wrong with the last couple of lines, don't you think? (after a lapse of time) Shonin: This is how I've written it: When I chant, Both Buddha and self Cease to exist. Namu Amida Butsu. Kokushi: There! You got it!


One is not likely to achieve understanding from the explanation of another.