Zen Quotes

January 20, 2009 by Mike  
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1.  Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts

2.  Spirited, restive flea, become a Buddha by my hand!
Issa

3.  No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.
Tilopa

4.  When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back.
Ying-An

5.  You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed.
Mumon

6.  In studying the way, realizing it is hard; once you have realized it, preserving it is hard. When you can preserve it, putting it into practice is hard.
Zen Saying

7.  The ultimate Path is without difficulty. Just avoid picking and choosing.
Seng-Ts’an

8.  One day a student asked Taiga, “What is the most difficult part of painting?” Taiga answered, “The part of the paper where nothing is painted is the most difficult.”
Painting Zen

9.  Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life — after that you cannot be deceived.
Zen Saying

10.  An American seeker: “If you follow any way, you will never get there; and if you do not follow any way, you will never get there. So one faces a dilemma.”

11.  Hisamatsu: “Let that dilemma be your way.”
Contemporary Mondo

12.  The mind that does not understand is the Buddha. There is no other.
Ma-Tsu

13.  There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things.
Yuan-Wu

14.  Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it’s like gold; after you understand it, it’s like dung.
Zen Saying

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