Who can wait quietly until the mud settles? Who can remain still until the moment of action?
Worry is an addiction that interferes with compassion.
You cannot travel the path until you have become the path itself
You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.
Zen has no business with ideas.
Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky
Who we are now is all that really matters.
Yes, when you see for the first time, a great laughter arises in you - the laughter about the whole ridiculousness of your misery, the laughter about the whole foolishness of your problems, the laughter about the whole absurdity of your suffering.
You don't think your way back to joy; you open to it.
You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.
Zen has no gates. The purpose of Buddha's words is to enlighten others. Therefore Zen should be gateless. But, how does one pass through the gateless gate?
Zen: Seeing into one's own nature.
When you see things in the world like banana peels that have no great value for you, then you?re free to walk in the world without being moved, without being bothered, without being hurt in any way by all of the various kinds of things that come and pass away, whether pleasant or unpleasant. This is the path that leads you to freedom.
Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?
Yesterday I was clever and wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.
You have described only too well, replied the Master, where the difficulty lies...The right shot at the right moment does not come because you do not let go of yourself. You... brace yourself for failure. So long as that is so, you have no choice but to call forth something yourself that ought to happen independently of you, and so long as you call it forth your hand will not open in the right way--like the hand of a child.
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one?s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.
When you seek it, you cannot find it
Who you allow into the circle of your life will make the difference in the quality of your life.
Yesterday is but today's memory and tomorrow is but today's dream.
You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.
You?re never given more pain than you can handle. You never, ever get more than you can take.