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Zen Quotes

May you find encouragement in these Zen quotes.

The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

Related topics: Wisdom Live-By

To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

Fully experience THIS moment -
breathe in, breathe out - nothing more.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

 

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

Freedom from desire leads to inner peace.
- Lao-Tzu

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He who knows, does not speak.
He who speaks, does not know.
- Lao Tzu

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
- Henry David Thoreau

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

In the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you.
- Deepak Chopra

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

There is just this moment.
We are not trying to improve or to get anywhere else.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

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

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
- Traditional Zen Koan

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

Maybe So, Maybe Not.
- Ancient Taoist Proverb

Don't choose. Accept life as it is in its totality.
- Osho

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger,
regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue.
Let go of the need for approval.
- Lama Surya Das

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

He who obtains has little.
He who scatters has much.
- Lao Tzu

Yielding is the way of the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

Abandon hope.
- Pema Chodron

Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

Stay at the center
and let all things take their course.
- Lao Tzu

Be content with what you have,
rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
the whole world belongs to you.
- Lao Tzu

"Beginner Mind" is a Zen Buddhist term
that describes moving past our assumptions
of the nature of our life,
and really SEEING our surroundings -
especially the people we interact with -
with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

No more walls.
- Anais Nin

As we cultivate peace and happiness in ourselves,
we also nourish peace and happiness in those we love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathe and let be.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

NECESSITY and URGENCY are twin poisons of our rattlesnake minds.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

He who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.
- Lao Tzu

Mindfulness means being awake.
It means being aware of what you are doing.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

"It's not that important,
don't worry about it" is the answer,
now what was the question?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

Those who have knowledge, don't predict.
Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
- Lao Tzu

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

Dwell in stillness.
Observe without reacting and without judging.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all.
What is happening? What do you feel?
What do you see? What do you hear?
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Being wakeful in each and every moment of your life is meditation.
The simplest definition of meditation is:
when seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear.
- Josh Baran

As your silence grows; your friendliness, your love grows;
your life becomes a moment-to-moment dance, a joy, a celebration.
- Osho

The source of most worry is a lack of acceptance
of the uncertainties of the future.
When one fully lives a life of acceptance,
life's vagaries are not merely tolerated,
but are received as a gift.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

First meditate, be blissful,
then much love will happen of its own accord.
Then being with others is beautiful
and being alone is also beautiful.
Then it is simple, too.
You dont depend on others
and you dont make others dependent on you.
- Osho

The past is no more and the future is not yet.
The only right person is one who lives moment to moment,
whose arrow is directed to the moment,
who is always here and now; wherever he is,
his whole consciousness, his whole being,
is involved in the reality of here and in the reality of now.
- Osho

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

If you are absolutely without mind,
just pure consciousness,
time stops completely,
disappears,
leaving no trace behind.
- Osho

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

Do not say, "It is morning,"
and dismiss it with a name of yesterday.
See it for the first time
as a newborn child that has no name.
- Rabindranath Tagore

In meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere
is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

To be a beneficial presence in the world,
cultivate a conscious awareness of your unity with Spirit.
Expect good in your own life.
Desire good for all others as well.
See and affirm abundant blessings of peace,
health, and plenty for everyone.
Align your thoughts with peace and happiness,
and realize that these qualities are your true nature.
- Kathy Juline

Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is,
and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Time to Die:
A Zen teacher had a rare and priceless teacup.
One day, his precocious student accidentally broke the cup.
Hearing the footsteps of his teacher,
the student held the pieces of the cup behind his back.
When the master appeared, he asked: "Why do people have to die?"
"This is natural," explained the teacher.
"Everything has to die and has just so long to live."
The student showed the shattered cup, saying,
"It was time for your cup to die."
- Traditional Zen Koan

The soul loves to meditate,
for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy.
If, then you experience mental resistance during meditation,
remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego;
it doesn't belong to the soul.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

First, wash all car. Then wax. Wax on...
Wax on, right hand. Wax off, left hand. Wax on, wax off.
Breathe in through nose, out the mouth. Wax on, wax off.
Don't forget to breathe, very important.
- Miyagi: character in the movie Karate Kid

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

One cannot have a mind that is empty of all thoughts,
but one can have a mind that is content with
whatever thoughts fill it at the moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

The Moon Cannot Be Stolen:
A thief entered the little hut of a Zen Master,
but discovered there was nothing to steal.
The Zen Master discovered the thief.
"You have come a long way to visit me," he told the prowler,
"and you should not return empty-handed.
Please take my clothes as a gift."
The thief was bewildered,
but he took the clothes and slunk away.
The Zen Master sat naked, watching the moon.
"Poor fellow," he mused,
"I wish I could have given him this beautiful moon."
- Traditional Zen Koan

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

Any change that comes about in your life
will be primarily because of your own efforts.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn


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