The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.— Dogen
Tremendous Zen Buddhist quotations
Knowledge is learning something every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.
Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your path.
I have lived with several masters - all of them cats.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.
However many holy words you read, However many you speak, What good will they do you If you do not act on upon them?
In a controversy, the instant we feel anger, we have already ceased striving for truth and have begun striving for ourselves.
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.
Mind is everything. What we think, we become.
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.
Do not follow the ideas of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.
Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.
To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everythiong else.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?
Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
To an experienced Zen Buddhist, asking if one believes in Zen or one believes in the Buddha, sounds a little ludicrous, like asking if one believes in air or water. Similarly Quality is not something you believe in, Quality is something you experience.
Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen.
Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West.... My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless.
To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.
You grow, learn, and the more I can sit in silence and be comfortable with myself, the more I can make noise, as ironic and Zen Buddhist and satanic as it sounds!
To be a good Zen Buddhist it is not enough to follow the teaching of its founder; we have to experience the Buddha's experience.
With the near-death or clinical near-death phenomenon some people who are brought back from 'death' have reported being alive the entire time they were 'dead.' This phenomenon occurs among people with a wide diversity of religious belief and no religious belief at all - from atheists to Zen Buddhists.
Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, a rare combination of mystic, poet, scholar, and activist. His luminous presence and the simple, compassionate clarity of his writings have touched countless lives.
But for the first time, I had a religious identity.
I had come home. And so I called myself a Zen Buddhist at the age of 18.
Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.
The great achievement of Zen Buddhism, and all of its cultural expressions in painting or the tea ceremony or rock gardens, is a rejection of earlier Buddhist ideas which were dependent upon narrative - all the mythological creatures that populate the Buddhist galaxy. Zen insisted on the real located in nature.
I'm not really hip to too much of the Zen or the Buddhist point of view, but you see I don't have to be because I just know that they're all the same, it's all the same, it's just whichever one you want to take and it happens that I'm taking the Hindu one.
Apart from the underlying mystery of all things, there is also another possible specific mystery in this situation: Why did I become so interested in Buddhism, Zen and so on? I seem to have a Buddhist voice in my head, and someone asked me about this recently, saying he was intrigued.
In the early '60s there was very little reliable information on Tibetan Buddhism. I was living in London and I had joined the Buddhist Society. For the most part, people there were either interested in Theravada or Zen Buddhism. There was almost no one into Tibetan Buddhism at that time.
At times, Zen does get into some Buddhist Cosmology.
Nishijima Roshi, my main teacher would talk about that and almost every time immediately say that it was only one way of looking at it. Whenever addressing realms of Heaven or Hell, he'd also address that it was just a psychological state.
I came to California in 1970 and so many people were asking if I was a Buddhist or knew Zen theory, asking if I was enlightened already or not. So I said, "Yes, I am enlightened," and then I studied quickly to catch up.
My ethics, my sense of morality, my work ethic, my sense of compassion for suffering humanity, all of that comes directly out of the practice of poetry, as does my Buddhist practice. Poetry is a very important element in the history of Buddhism in general and in Zen in particular. It was really Zen that motivated me to change the way I perceive the world.
There is a director who should make 'Silver Surfer' - he is mentally committed to it. He's doing another movie now. What's most important to me about this guy, first, is that he's incredible with visuals. But he's also a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist. ... Galactus is a force of nature, not a being. That's all I'm saying.