quote by Dogen

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

— Dogen

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Zen master quote Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.

Your mind is your instrument. Learn to be its master and not its slave.

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

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

Zen master quote The MASTER has failed more times than beginner has even TRIED.

The MASTER has failed more times than beginner has even TRIED.

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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.

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

Zen master quote You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward

You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.

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

Fish sense, applied in the field, is what the old Zen masters would call enlightenment: simply the ability to see what's right there in front of you without having to sift through a lot of thoughts and theories and, yes, expensive fishing tackle.

A zen master's life is one continuous mistake.

Zen master quote You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

In deep self acceptance, grows a compassionate understanding.

Nonresistance, nonjudgment, and nonattachment are the three aspects of true freedom and enlightened living.

The renowned seventh-century Zen master Seng-tsan taught that true freedom is being "without anxiety about imperfection.

Zen master quote Those who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do.

Those who do not have goals are doomed forever to work for those who do.

A Zen master, when asked where he would go after he died, replied, 'To Hell, for that's where help is needed most.'

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

Zen Master Dogen has pointed out that anxiety, when accepted, is the driving force to enlightenment in that it lays bare the human dilemma at the same time that it ignites our desire to break out of it.

Zen master quote You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

You must learn a new way to think before you can master a new way to be.

Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water.

The Zen master walks in his garden, alone.

There is no traffic there. There is no shopping there. There are only the flowers.

I didn't want a guru or a kung fu master or a spiritual director.

I didn't want to become a sorcerer or learn the zen of archery or meditate or align my chakras or uncover mast incarnations...I was after something else entirely, but it wasn't in the Yellow Pages or anywhere else that I could discover.

Zen master quote Courage is refusing to be a slave to fear.

Courage is refusing to be a slave to fear.

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.

To follow the path look to the master follow the master walk with the master see through the master become the master.

One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality.

This is a very wonderful saying... If you want to see what you truly are, open the window, and everything you see is in fact the expression of your inner reality. Can you embrace all of it?

Zen master quote The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

The master has failed more times than the beginner has even tried.

A Zen master used to say, It is clear and so it is hard to see.

A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern. Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice much sooner.

In deep self-acceptance grows a compassionate understanding.

As one Zen master said when I asked if he ever gets angry, 'Of course I get angry, but then a few minutes later I say to myself, 'What's the use of this,' and I let it go.'

I vow to live fully in each moment.

Zen master quote Time = Life, therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time

Time = Life, therefore, waste your time and waste your life, or master your time and master your life.

As the Japanese Zen masters say, “Don't seek the truth;

just drop your opinions”. Drop your theories; don't seek the truth.

Others have falsely claimed to be the inspiration for Tom Booker in The Horse Whisperer. The one who truly inspired me was Buck Brannaman. His skill, understanding and his gentle, loving heart have parted the clouds for countless troubled creatures. Buck is the Zen master of the horse world.

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.

Zen master quote Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will n

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

The Zen masters have the right idea-no pain no gain: thwack a silly nebbish and he'll remember it far longer and more indelibly than any words you muster at him. Not absolutely everything can or should have to be explained, and particularly not to everybody. But a concussion is a value-judgment anyone gets the point of.

You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work.

But that's a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you.

The famous Zen parable about the master for whom, before his studies, mountains were only mountains, but during his studies mountains were no longer mountains, and afterward mountains were again mountains could be interpreted as an alleory about [the perpetual paradox that when one is closest to a destination one is also the farthest).

Zen master quote Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Mastering others is strength, mastering yourself is true power.

Like the moon on the water, in a way.

When you confront a Zen master, what you're really seeing are not his limitations but yours.

I've been in these tabloids for 14 years now, and at some point you just become a Zen master of it all

I was talking to a Zen master the other day and he said, "You shall be my disciple."I looked at him and said, "Who was Buddha's teacher?" He looked at me in a very odd way for a moment and then he burst into laughter and handed me a piece of clover.

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.

The highest teaching is never written down.

It's only communicated from teacher to student because it's a "transmission of the lamp." It's a transmission of mind.

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