quote by Dogen

The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

— Dogen

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Zen quote Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something eve
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

Zen quote Zen is not attained by mirror-wiping meditation, but by self-forgetfulness in th
Zen is not attained by mirror-wiping meditation, but by self-forgetfulness in the existential present of life here and now. We do not "come", we "are" Don't strive to become, but be.

Many of the customers here are traveling all over the world so they need multiple types of clothes. That's one thing about Urban Zen - it is seasonless and it is timeless. So it's not about the fashion of a moment saying, "I have to have it now." It's something that you become a part of...sort of like a sari.

If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.


Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.

Zen quote Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yours
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.

However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.

Zen quote I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.
I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.

Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.


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

Let your mind wander in the pure and simple.

Be one with the infinite. Let all things take their course.

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.

We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.

Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.


When you live in the shadow of insanity, the appearance of another mind that thinks and talks as yours does is something close to a blessed event.

Let me give you a wonderful Zen practice.

Wake up in the morning...look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself.

Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?

Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.

There was a famous Zen master whom people would seek out to become enlightened.

He was strict and would occupy people with things having nothing to do with seeking enlightenment. You see, that is the only way to achieve enlightenment; by not focusing on achieving it. Then, one day it will just come to you.


Zen opens a man's eyes to the greatest mystery as it is daily and hourly performed; it enlarges the heart to embrace eternity of time and infinity of space in its every palpitation; it makes us live in the world as if walking in the garden of Eden

In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.

You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.

In Japanese art, space assumed a dominant role and its position was strengthened by Zen concepts.

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.


Zen practice is about not getting high on anything and in so doing getting high on absolutely everything. We then find that everything we encounter - bliss or nonbliss - possesses a tremendous depth and beauty that we usually miss.

At Patagonia, making a profit is not the goal because the Zen master would say profits happen 'when you do everything else right'.

Life is a vast, unknowable movement of wholeness with no one separate from it and nothing outside of it.

To practice Zen Buddhism is to train oneself to eliminate hatred, anger and selfishness and to develop loving-kindness towards all.

Mind is everything. What we think, we become.


Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn't necessary.

How many Zen masters does it take to screw in a light bulb? The plum tree in the garden!

The test of the machine is the satisfaction it gives you.

There isn't any other test. If the machine produces tranquility it's right. If it disturbs you it's wrong until either the machine or your mind is changed.

If a revolution destroys a systematic government, but the systematic patterns of thought that produced that government are left intact, then those patterns will repeat themselves in the succeeding government.

Smile, breathe and go slowly." - Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Zen monk, author and peace activist.

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