World Cultures:

Zen

Zen Proverbs, Sayings, and Quotes

Your True Nature and Your Wise and Compassionate Friend

 

  • Nothing on earth can overcome an absolutely nonresistant person.

  • When an ordinary man gains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage gains understanding, he is an ordinary man.

  • Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought. ~ Basho

  • Even a good thing isn't as good as nothing. ~ Chien-ju

  • Sitting peacefully doing nothing Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself.

  • Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.

  • The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.

  • If you're attached to anything, you surely will go far astray.

  • Only the crystal-clear question yields a transparent answer.

  • Life is the only thing worth living for.

  • Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.

  • If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.

  • When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.

  • The mind should be as a mirror.

  • Everyday life is the way.

  • Great Faith. Great Doubt. Great Effort. The three qualities necessary for training.

  • If you do not get it from yourself, Where will you go for it?

  • Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw yourself from them.

  • One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.

  • Everything the same; everything distinct. ~ Chien-ju

 

 

 

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