The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.— Dogen
Gorgeous Zen Buddhism quotations
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?
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.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
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.
I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.
Let me give you a wonderful Zen practice.
Wake up in the morning...look in the mirror, and laugh at yourself.
You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
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.
Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn't necessary.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act;
but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether its Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power.
Zen Buddhism does not preach. Sermons remain words. It waits until people feel stifled and insecure, driven by a secret longing.
Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.
People get stuck a lot because they're afraid to act;
in the worst case,...we get so attached to some end result that we can't function. We need help just to move on, only life doesn't wait.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
A student, filled with emotion and crying, implored, "Why is there so much suffering?" Suzuki Roshi replied, "No reason.
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Suzuki's works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism... We cannot be sufficiently grateful to the author, first for the fact of his having brought Zen closer to Western understanding, and secondly for the manner in which he has achieved this task.
To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point;
we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.
Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially Zen, as we borrow from Christianity, science, American Indian traditions and world literature in general, including philosophy, and let the rest go hang? Borrow what we need but rely principally upon our own senses, common sense and daily living experience.
There are things that I value now that I didn't when I first went over there, like Zen Buddhism, which has become part of my life over the last couple years.
The claim of the Zen followers that they are transmitting the essence of Buddhism is based on their belief that Zen takes hold of the enlivening spirit of the Buddha, stripped of all its historical and doctrinal garments.
In Zen Buddhism an action is considered good when it brings happiness and well-being to oneself and others, evil when it brings suffering and harm to oneself and others.
The samurais were very interested in Zen because they admired the tremendous precision that the Zen Masters had, their lack of fear and pain and their absolute lack of fear of death.
If you have the sense of participation in sports or athletics, of being a player, then you are not really into the Zen mind. In Zen mind there is no sense of self in the play.
In the West, we think of sports and athletics as individual achievement, the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat; it all revolves around the ego. This has nothing to do with the Zen of sports and athletics.
All success in sports and athletics, from the Zen point of view, comes from the mind. No matter what kind of shape your body is in, there is disharmony in the being.