“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”- Henry Suzuki “The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other.
It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”- Alan Watts We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny.
“Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves”- Arjuna “Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing.
“The aim of spiritual life is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.”- Jack Cornfield “People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle.
We are the witnesses through which the universe becomes conscious of its glory, of its magnificence.”- Alan Watts “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.
“The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.”- Noun Yamaha “The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits.
Though we could dive into the Japanese school of Mahayana Buddhism and the value of intuition and meditation, the short answer is that zen means feeling peaceful and calm. And one way to bring more peace and calm into your life is to meditate on zen proverbs like the ones in this post.
“Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are.”- Kamal Radiant “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.”- D.T.
Now that you’ve read through the zen sayings above, how do you make them a regular part of your everyday thinking? Write a weekly favorite on a whiteboard you’ll see every day.
Create a zen scarf” with quotes written on a soft solid-color fabric. When you see it, inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, then exhale the stress away.