Zen Proverbs and Thoughts
When you paint Spring, do not paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots, but just paint Spring. To paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots is to paint willows, plums, peaches, or apricots - it is not yet painting Spring.
Where there are humans, you'll find flies, and Buddhas.
Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.
You can explore the universe looking for somebody who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself,
You see something or hear a sound, and there you have everything just as it is? Whatever you do, it should be an expression of the same deep activity. We should appreciate what we are doing. There is no preparation for something else.
Zazen is better than a home. Zazen is a home that you can't ever lose.
Zen is the period of time during which a person has true clarity of vision.
When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back.
Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.
Words, as is well known, are great foes of reality.
You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
You should stop pursuing words and letters, and learn to withdraw and reflect on yourself. When you do so, your body and mind will fall away naturally and your original Buddha-nature will appear.
Zazen is itself enlightenment.
Zen is the unsymbolism of the world.
When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.
Wherever you are, be there totally.
Work is love made visible. And if you cannot work with love but only with distaste, it is better that you should leave your work and sit at the gate of the temple and take alms of those who work with joy.
You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe deserve your love and affection.
You want to know my name? --a hill, a tree. An empty drifting boat.
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Zen is the vehicle of reality.
When you reach the top of the mountain, keep climbing.
Whether you are going or staying or sitting or lying down, the whole world is your own self. You must find out whether the mountains, rivers, grass and forests exist in your own mind or exist outside it. Analyze the ten thousand things. Dissect them minutely. And when you take this to the limit, you will come to the limitless. When you search into it, you come to the end of search. Where thinking goes no further and distinctions vanish. When you smash the citadel of doubt, then the Buddha is simply yourself.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
You can think of the groundlessness and openness of insecurity as a chance that we're given over and over to choose a fresh alternative. Things happen to us all the time that open up the space. This spaciousness, this wide?open, unbiased, unprejudiced space is inexpressible and fundamentally good and sound. It's like the sky.