100 Best Zen Sayings And Proverbs That Will Make You Feel Peaceful

100 Best Zen Sayings And Proverbs That Will Make you Feel Peaceful

55.“Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.”- Seng-ts’an

56.“Any experience of reality is indescribable!”- R. D. Laing

57.“No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.”- Tilopa

58.“You’re never given more pain than you can handle. You never, ever get more than you can take.”- Byron Katie

59.“In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; the flowering branches are; some long, some short.”- Eicho

60.“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

61.“Still water has no mind to receive the image of the migrating geese.”- Zen Proverb

62.“All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.”- Eckhart Tolle

63.“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color & fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.”- Buddha

64.“Zazen is an activity that is an extension of the universe. Zazen is not the life of an individual, it’s the universe that’s breathing.”- Dogen

65.“The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.”- Dogen

66.“Tao in the world is like a river flowing home to the sea.”- Lao Tzu

67.“Try to imagine what it will be like to go to sleep and never wake up… now try to imagine what it was like to wake up having never gone to sleep.”- Alan Watts

68.“You are an aperture through which the universe is looking at and exploring itself.”- Alan Watts

Zen Sayings And Proverbs
Zen Sayings And Proverbs

69.“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.”- Alan Watts

70.“Through our eyes, the universe is perceiving itself. Through our ears, the universe is listening to its harmonies. We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”- Alan Watts

71.“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?”- D.T. Suzuki

IMPERMANENCE

72.“One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.”- Dogen

TRUE SELF AND NO-SELF

73.“The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.”- Koun Yamada

74.“The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications.”– Hongzhi1

75.“To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be awakened by all things.”- Dogen

76.“Melting our attachment to self is the most powerful medication for bringing mental and emotional imbalances in check.”- Dzigar Kongtrul Rinpoche

77.“I don’t let go of concepts – I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.”- Byron Katie

78.“The Zen expression “Kill the Buddha!” means to kill any concept of the Buddha as something apart from oneself. – Peter Matthiessen

79.“When you hear that all beings are Buddha, don’t fall into the error of thinking there’s more than one Buddha.”- Zen Graffiti

80.“Have good trust in yourself … not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.”- Maezumi Roshi

DIRECT EXPERIENCE

81.“Zen has no business with ideas.”- D.T. Suzuki

82.“What is important is not the right doctrine but the attainment of the true experience. It is giving up believing in belief.”- Alan Keightley

83.“The menu is not the meal.”- Alan Watts

84.“Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.”- Alan Watts

85.“My finger can point to the moon, but my finger is not the moon. You don’t have to become my finger, nor do you have to worship my finger. You have to forget my finger, and look at where it is pointing.”- Osho

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