400 Deep Peaceful Zen Quotes

400 Deep Peaceful Zen Quotes

Often in life, there comes a time, when you can no longer deal with your problems, when you can no longer see your path clearly, and when you no longer know how to deal with the turmoil?that is called life. However, difficult times arrive, just to teach us life’s most important lessons.

Nevertheless, it can be very difficult to deal with them. This is exactly when you go to the Zen to get all the answers. Zen is a form of Buddhism, which puts an emphasis on meditation to attain peace of mind. The Zen masters say that it is more of a way of living than a religion, and everyone can practice it, irrespective of their religion.

We listed  Below Top 400 Deep Peaceful Zen Quotes to find calm and serenity in this world that is racing. A little break for yourself..

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Relax. Nothing is under control. Adi Da Click To Tweet

I live by letting things happen. Dogen

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Pema Chödrön

You are exactly where you need to be. Unknown


Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. Meister Eckhart Click To Tweet

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. Buddha

Who you are is always right. Ming-Dao Deng 

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Eric Hoffer

The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. Ram Dass

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. Confucius 

Still your waters. Josh Waitzkin 

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If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. Yamamoto Tsunetomo


The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. Shunryu Suzuki

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands. Robert M. Pirsig 

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. Bruce Lee

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tzu

Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention. Robert Greene

I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click To Tweet

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? Zhuangzi

Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home. Zhuangzi

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.Rumi

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. Dogen

When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it. Dogen Click To Tweet

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst. Lin Yutang

Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. Osho 

Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle

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Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be. Eckhart Tolle

And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked. Dr. Seuss

Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions. Seng-ts’an Click To Tweet

One loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them. Masanobu Fukuoka

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Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Alan Watts

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan Watts

In Zen we have no gurus. Frederick Lenz Click To Tweet

Zen is an effort to become alert and awake. Osho

Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points. D.T. Suzuki

Zen in it’s essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. D.T. Suzuki

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

The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. Shunryu Suzuki

Zen practice is to open up our small mind. Shunryu Suzuki Click To Tweet

Zen is not a religion. There is no room for a cult. There is no dependence on a teacher. There is only learning how to use your own mind and making it strong. Frederick Lenz

Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it. Allen Klein

Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality. Alan Watts

Zen is a path of liberation. It liberates you. It is freedom from the first step to the last. You are not required to follow any rules; you are required to find out your own rules and your own life in the light of awareness. Osho

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

Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realisation. Gene Clark

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius 

If you chase two rabbits, you catch none. Confucius

Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment. Dogen

To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves. Dogen

Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else. Shunryu Suzuki

In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few. Shunryu Suzuki 

The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there. Robert M. Pirsig 

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life. Confucius

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. Lao Tzu

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu

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If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion. Dalai Lama

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

The first and the best victory is to conquer self. Plato 

All know the way, but few actually walk it. Bodhidharma

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. Bodhidharma

The essence of the Way is detachment. Bodhidharma

Don’t try to steer the river. Deepak Chopra

Not creating delusions is enlightenment. Bodhidharma

All things are difficult before they are easy. Thomas Fuller

Words diminish meanings; these words included. Unknown

The more you know, the less you need. Yvon Chouinard 

Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch. Anthony Bourdain

Act without expectation. Lao Tzu

Become comfortable with not knowing. Eckhart Tolle

Life begins where fear ends. Osho 

Be present above all else. Naval Ravikant

Think with your whole body. Taisen Deshimaru

Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never. Sathya Sai Baba

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius

Roads were made for journeys not destinations. Confucius

Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle. Confucius

Body and mind dropped off. Dogen 

Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way. Dogen 


Enlightenment is intimacy with all things. Dogen

A zen master’s life is one continuous mistake. Dogen

Now I know what success is: living your truth, sharing it. Kamal Ravikant

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I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go. Sheng-yen

To live – is that not enough? D.T. Suzuki

Zen has no business with ideas. D.T. Suzuki

Sleep is the best meditation. Dalai Lama

Don’t seek the truth; just drop your opinions. Anthony

This will never come again. Steve Hagen

Movement is evil. Being still is good. Ben Caesar

Life is a second-by-second miracle. Joko Beck

In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Singlemindedness is all-powerful. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself. Anais Nin 

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Confucius

Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are. Kamal Ravikant

These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb. Najwa Zebian

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. Lyndon B. Johnson

It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean. Jon J. Muth

Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities. D.T. Suzuki

In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity. Sun Tzu 

If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles. Sun Tzu

Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

The three elements of creativity are thus: loving, knowing, and doing – or heart, mind, and hands – or, as Zen Buddhist teaching has it; great faith, great question, and great courage. Eric Maisel

You look at where you’re going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you’ve been and a pattern seems to emerge. Robert M. Pirsig

There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness. Dalai Lama

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

My daily affairs are quite ordinary; but I’m in total harmony with them. Layman Pang

Unhappiness and rain just drift by and are gone, they are visitors. John Aske

Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child. Soyen Shaku

A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him. Confucius

Confuse them with your silence and amaze them with your actions. Unknown

I don’t hold on to anything, don’t reject anything; nowhere an obstacle or conflict. Layman Pang

We just let it happen… and that’s the beauty of this technique. Bob Ross

Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe. Dogen

If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito. Dalai Lama

A true Zen saying: “Nothing is what I want”. Frank Zappa

When I’m riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence. Robin Williams

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

Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days’ worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out. Ry?kan

completely crazy. Then you will understand. Seungsahn

I have lived with several Zen masters – all of them cats. Eckhart Tolle 

The menu is not the meal. Alan Watts

Zen is nothing to get excited about. Shunryu Suzuki

Do not be too interested in Zen. Shunryu Suzuki

We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness. Thich Nhat Hanh 

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

Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech. Dogen

It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them. Epictetus

They call it ‘peace of mind’ but maybe it should be called ‘peace from mind.’ Naval Ravikant

It’s almost always possible to be honest and positive. Naval Ravikant

To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind. Sengcan

Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar. Jim Butcher

But as long as you think you are practicing zazen for the sake of something, that is not true practice. Shunryu Suzuki

Many have died; you also will die. The drum of death is being beaten. The world has fallen in love with a dream. Only sayings of the wise will remain. Kabir

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Jiddu Krishnamurti Click To Tweet

Pursue not the outer entanglements; dwell not in the inner void; be serene in the oneness of things; and dualism vanishes by itself. Sengcan

Matters of great concern should be treated lightly. Matters of small concern should be treated seriously. Yamamoto Tsunetomo 

One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction. To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection. To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind. Sengcan

There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. Leonard Cohen

Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart. Ry?kan

The thief left it behind: the moon at my window. Ry?kan 

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want. Lao Tzu

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. Buddha

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For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them. Thich Nhat Hanh

One has not understood until one has forgotten it. D.T. Suzuki

A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others. Confucius 

To be truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge. Zhuangzi

It’s beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. Jiddu Krishnamurti

When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. Shunryu Suzuki

When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, “What do I need to get to be happy?” The question becomes, “What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?”. D.T. Suzuki

If you want something then you lose everything. If you don’t want anything then you already have everything. Seungsahn

To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist – if you say you are, you probably aren’t. Lawrence Ferlinghetti

When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation. Donna Quesada

The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see. Huang Po

A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something. Plato 

Un-think. Un-learn. Un-know. Un-believe. Un-speculate. Un-seek. Un-strive. Un-fear. Lose your mind and effortlessly be. Brian Thompson

Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday. Unknown

Don’t be satisfied with your accomplishment, nor be dissatisfied with it. Unknown

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius

You can have the mind or you can have the moment. Naval Ravikant

A fool sees himself as another, but a wise man sees others as himself. Dogen

One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world. Dogen

Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools. Dogen

The greatest effort is not concerned with results. Atisa

Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self. Buddha

Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be. Bob Dylan

To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections. Dogen

Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath. Huang Po

Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it. Huang Po 

Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment. John Bradshaw

Happiness only comes when you let go of who you think you are. If you think you’re wealthy and powerful and noble and truthful or horrible and demonic, whatever it may be, it’s all a waste of time. Frederick Lenz

All I can guarantee you is that as long as you are searching for happiness, you will remain unhappy. U.G. Krishnamurti

Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won’t have to go around search for it. Thich Nhat Hanh

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free. Thich Nhat Hanh

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There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man’s whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought. Yamamoto Tsunetomo 

If we are always demanding something out of life, then we will never be content. But if we accept life as it is, then we will know contentment. Thich Thien-An

Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. Zhuangzi

Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur someplace other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are. Karen Maezen Miller

Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself. Karen Maezen Miller

People of this world are deluded. They’re always longing for something – always, in a word, seeking. Bodhidharma

When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat. Shunryu Suzuki

When there is no gaining idea in what you do, then you do something. Shunryu Suzuki

So if you do something, you should be observant, and careful, and alert. Shunryu Suzuki 

Where you stand, where you are, that’s what your life is right there, regardless of how painful it is or how enjoyable it is. That’s what it is. Taizan Maezumi

I am not devaluing thoughts. Just do not mix up what we think with what actually is. Taizan Maezumi

There is one thing in life that you can always rely on: life being as it is. Joko Beck

Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath. Huang Po

To see things for what they are is to see with the eyes of the vastness itself. Suzanne Segal

When reading, only read. When eating, only eat. When thinking, only think. Seungsahn

When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves. Shunryu Suzuki 

Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. Bruce Lee

If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Bruce Lee

Detachment is necessary for peace, and peace is necessary for happiness. Naval Ravikant

The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is one word: accept. Naval Ravikant

If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars. Rabindranath Tagore

Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss? Susan Gordon Lydon

It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you’ll feel good no matter what. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing. Dogen

To escape from the world means that one’s mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world. Dogen

Lose yourself in nothing to become everything; Relax into an infinite deep sea of coherent energy; Keep unfolding deeper and deeper into oneness; Continuously let go of control; Feel greater and greater degrees of wholeness. Joe Dispenza

Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You’ve got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury

Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything. Bodhidharma

You are here to learn something. Don’t try to figure out what it is. This can be frustrating and unproductive. Steven L. Peck

Obey the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely and undisturbed. Sengcan

Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go. Thich Nhat Hanh

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You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant. Thich Nhat Hanh

Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going. Sengcan

Drop the craving for self, for permanence, for particular circumstances, and go straight ahead with the movement of life. Alan Watts

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With no set idea of how something is supposed to be, it is hard to get stuck on things not happening in the time frame you desired. Instead, you are just being there, open to the possibilities of your life. Lodro Rinzler

The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. Shunryu Suzuki

Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice. Shunryu Suzuki

Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything. Frank Herbert

Think of patience as an act of being open to whatever comes your way. Lodro Rinzler

A Buddha is an idle person. He doesn’t run around after fortune and fame. Bodhidharma

Life is a balance between rest and movement. Rajneesh 

Next to love, balance is the most important thing. John Wooden

A warrior balances solitude and dependence. Paulo Coelho

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver. Thomas a Kempis

Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface. Confucius

Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Albert Einstein

It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material possessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect. Yamamoto Tsunetomo

He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him. Lao Tzu

The most transformative experience has been the simple act of loving myself. Kamal Ravikant

Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are. Taizan Maezumi

Being attached to someone is not about the other person. It is about your own sense of inadequacy. Jaggi Vasudev

Any love is a home-sickness, a longing for a lost paradise. Jean Klein

A man walking is never in balance but always correcting for imbalance. Gregory Bateson

Life is a balance between rest and movement. Rajneesh

The more we value things, the less we value ourselves. Bruce Lee 

Love is the absence of judgment. Dalai Lama

Since we desire the true happiness that is brought about by a calm mind, and such peace of mind arises only from having a compassionate attitude, we need to make a concerted effort to develop compassion. Dalai Lama

The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet. Shunryu Suzuki

When asked “Who I Am’, the only answer possible is: I am the infinite, the vastness that is the substance of all things. I am no one and everyone, nothing and everything – just as you are. Suzanne Segal

When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way. Shunryu Suzuki

More important than any stage which you will attain is your sincerity, your right effort. Shunryu Suzuki

In deep self acceptance, grows a compassionate understanding. Jack Kornfield

There is not secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves. Frank Herbert

I live by four simple words. Love. Being. Here. Now. Todd Crawshaw

Your treasure house is in yourself, it contains all you need. Hui Hai

It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Seneca

The mind: A beautiful servant, a dangerous master. Osho

Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed. Confucius 

Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think. Benjamin Disraeli

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. Napeleon Bonaparte

Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions. Mark Richardson

As you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty. Osho

You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else. Michael Ende

Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions. Ry?kan

Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen. Bodhidharma

The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included. Bodhidharma

Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate. Huang Po

The things I carry are my thoughts. That’s it. They are the only weight. My thoughts determine whether I am free and light or burdened. Kamal Ravikant

You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions. Elizabeth Gilbert

Distraction is the main problem for us all – what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind. Tenzin Palmo

The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt. Jiddu Krishnamurti

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything. Shunryu Suzuki

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Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate. Huang Po

True depth of understanding is wide and steady. Shallow understanding is lazy and wandering. Zhuangzi

It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are. Wei Wu Wei

If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you. Sheng-yen 

A mind that worries about the past is distracted, and a mind that worries about the future is delusional. Cheng Yen

Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious. D.T. Suzuki

Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either. Bodhidharma

When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations? Sengcan

The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind. Sengcan

What pleases our mind is not dangerous enough. Kazuaki Tanahashi

Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found. Huineng

Nothing divides one so much as thought. R.H. Blyth

Time does not change us. It just unfolds us. Max Frisch 

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. Albert Einstein

The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time. Marcus Aurelius

Time is the fire in which we burn. Gene Roddenberry

Our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away. Zhuangzi

Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well. Jack Kornfield

The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless. Alan Watts

See and realize that this world is not permanent. Neither late nor early flowers will remain. Ry?kan

Every day passes whether you participate or not. Ming Dao Deng

Unless we die to ourselves, we can never be alive again. D.T. Suzuki

We’re in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it’s all gone. Robert M. Pirsig 

When we realize the everlasting truth of “everything changes” and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana. Shunryu Suzuki

Time’s the king of men; he’s both their parent, and he is their grave, and gives them what he will, not what they crave. William Shakespeare

Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent. Carl Sandburg

Awareness is the greatest agent for change. Eckhart Tolle 

Whether we like it or not, change comes, and the greater the resistance, the greater the pain. Alan Watts

Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come. Mario Quintana

There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change. Confucius

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. Dalai Lama

We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way. D.T. Suzuki

Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind. Plato

The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth. Lao Tzu

In order to be effective truth must penetrate like an arrow – and that is likely to hurt. Wei Wu Wei

Realisation is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realised. Wei Wu Wei

Unless it grows out of yourself no knowledge is really yours, it is only borrowed plumage. D.T. Suzuki

The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step. Seungsahn

But opinions, judgments, memories, dreaming about the future—ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. Joko Beck

If you forget yourself, you become the universe. Hakuin Ekaku

No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words. Roger Zelazny

Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away. Hakuin Ekaku 

It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth. Alexis de Tocqueville

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The way of Zen is to become independent and strong. Don’t rely on others for perceptions of life and truth. Do it individually. Frederick Lenz

Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it. Dogen

The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against. Sengcan

If you are under control, you lose the danger of glimpsing an unknown realm. Kazuaki Tanahashi

If you use your mind to study reality, you won’t understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you’ll understand both. Bodhidharma

The farther away you are from the truth, the more the hateful and pleasurable states will arise. Bodhidharma

The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They’re not the Way. Bodhidharma 

The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. Stop talking and thinking and there is nothing you will not be able to know. Sengcan

I feel cut off only because I am split within myself, because I try to be divided from my own feelings and sensations. What I feel and sense therefore seems foreign to me. And on being aware of the unreality of this division, the universe does not seem foreign any more. Alan Watts

A mind full of preconceived ideas, subjective intentions, or habits is not open to things as they are. Shunryu Suzuki

Do not seek for the truth, only stop having an opinion. Seng-ts’an

If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it? Dogen

He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know. Lao Tzu 

When there is no desire, all things are at peace. Lao Tzu

Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang. Lao Tzu

Taoism is a way of liberation, which never comes by means of revolution, since it is notorious that most revolutions establish worse tyrannies than they destroy. Alan Watts

You should rather be grateful for the weeds, because eventually they will enrich your practice. Shunryu Suzuki

You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise. Michael Ende

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Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion. Osho

Taoism has no rules. It’s a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization. Frederick Lenz

Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistance. Frederick Lenz

Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol referred to in Lao Tzu’s writings is the symbol of water. Frederick Lenz

Taoism is simply the complete acceptance of yourself as you are right in this moment. Sheila M. Burke

Accept everything just the way it is. Miyamoto Musashi

Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world. Miyamoto Musashi

The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long. Lao Tzu

If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it. Lao Tzu

He who is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child. Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is powerful. Lao Tzu

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To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism. Shunryu Suzuki

Patience from a Buddhist perspective is not a “wait and see” attitude, but rather one of “just be there”. Lodro Rinzler

Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you’ve been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go. Thich Nhat Hanh

Buddhism may be summed up in two phrases: “Let go!” and “Walk on!”. Alan Watts

Suffering is when we resist the moment. Kamal Ravikant 

Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace. Buddha

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. Confucius

We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us. Epictetus

Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life. Dogen

Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that, and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness. Lama Surya Das

Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there. Eckhart Tolle

Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle

Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster. Robert M. Pirsig 

Anger, ego, jealousy are the biggest diseases. Keep yourself aloof from these three diseases. Sathya Sai Baba

The saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The sage is a man who rids himself of his ego. Wei Wu Wei

The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts. D.T. Suzuki

Unless we agree to suffer we cannot be free from suffering. D.T. Suzuki

Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet. Thich Nhat Hanh 

Trees are like people. They all have a few flaws in them. Bob Ross

You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather. Pema Chödrön

A lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is. Jiddu Krishnamurti 

Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself. Matsuo Basho

If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion. Robert M. Pirsig 

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day. A. A. Milne

The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished. Ming-Dao Deng

A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words points at the truth, but the truth is not in words. Huineng

A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms. Zen Shin

The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings. Masanobu Fukuoka

Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, You must not be attached to the coming or the going. Seungsahn

The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity. D.T. Suzuki

When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair nets. Nabil Sabio Azadi

Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius

A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it. Dogen

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Zen is a quiet thing. It listens. Howard Fast 

Awareness allows us get outside of your mind and observe it in action. Dan Brule

Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it. Huang Po

It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness. Osho

Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come. Bruce Lee

Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love. Amit Ray

If you would spend all your time – walking, standing, sitting or lying down – learning to halt the concept-forming activities of your own mind, you could be sure of ultimately attaining the goal. Huang Po

Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall. Sheng-yen

Meditation is a secular practice, not a religious practice. Abhijit Naskar

There is only the one reality, neither to be realized nor attained. Huang Po 

There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice. Dogen

For the beginner, practice without effort is not true practice. Shunryu Suzuki

It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice. Shunryu Suzuki

It is when your practice is rather greedy that you become discouraged with it. Shunryu Suzuki

Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you. Sheng-yen

As long as we remain within the confines of the thinking mind, we can’t experience the state of non-thinking. If we can’t experience non-thinking, we will not understand what our life truly is. Please realize this for yourself! Just sit. Taizan Maezumi

Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that. Joko Beck

Those who worship don’t know, and those who know don’t worship. Bodhidharma

An Awakened person is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad. Bodhidharma

In contemplation, one’s mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall. Bodhidharma

Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray. Sengcan

The obstacle is the path. Zen Proverb 

Move and the way will open. Zen Proverb

Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind. Zen Proverb

When the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Zen Proverb

You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit and meditate or an hour. Zen Proverb

To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master. Zen Proverb

The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher. Zen Proverb

Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong. Zen Proverb

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark. Zen Proverb

When walking, walk. When eating, eat. Zen Proverb

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