Zen Proverbs and Thoughts

Proverbs and Thoughts

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When you get there, there isn't any there there.

When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything.

Why is the Tao so valuable? Because it is everywhere, and everyone can use it. This is why those who seek will find.

You are not your thoughts!! This simple yet powerful statement can greatly change the quality of your life.

You must be the change you want to see in the world.

Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.

Zen is not an art, it?s not a religion. It?s a realization.

When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.

When you're deluded, every statement is an ulcer; when you're enlightened, every word is wisdom.

Why tell animals living in the water to drink?

You can always cope with the present moment, but you cannot cope with something that is only a mind projection ? you cannot cope with the future or recreate the past.

You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.

Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need.

Zen is not some fancy, special art of living. Our teaching is just to live, always in reality, in its exact sense. To make our effort, moment after moment, is our way. In an exact sense, the only thing we actually can study in our life is that on which we are working in each moment. We cannot even study Buddha?s words.

When you have no choice, mobilize the spirit of courage.

When you've understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can't understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.

Wisdom is like a clear cool pool - it can be entered from any side.

You can be happy if you are willing to let go of your past and leave yourself unencumbered so you can fly freely.

You must neither strive for truth nor seek to lose your illusions.

Your work is to discover your work and then with all your heart to give yourself to it.

Zen is not some kind of excitement but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

When you hear that all beings are Buddha, don?t fall into the error of thinking there?s more than one Buddha.

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.

With passions stilled and one's nature firm, all destinies are in harmony; when the full moon of contemplation is reached you will be pure.

You can cheat an honest man but you cannot make a fool out of him.

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