Best Zen Sayings

James Smith
• Friday, 13 November, 2020
• 17 min read

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words, so I can talk with him? When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.

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The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.

Learn to be comfortable in adversity but most importantly, learn to be comfortable when you’re bored. The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.

Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.

The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something. Zen's practice is to open up our small mind.

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There is only learning how to use your own mind and making it strong. Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it.

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. 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.

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. All know the way, but few actually walk it.

Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom. One-liners, short zen quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.

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I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go. In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.

Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are. These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose. It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.

Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities. In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

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Robert M. Persia (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance) A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him.

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

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

Unhappiness and rain just drift by and are gone, they are visitors. Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.

Confuse them with your silence and amaze them with your actions. We just let it happen… and that’s the beauty of this technique.

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Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe. If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.

When I’m riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence. When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away.

If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself.

Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out. Crazy people are happy, free, they have no hindrance.

Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech. It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.

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They call it ‘peace of mind’ but maybe it should be called ‘peace from mind’. Your mind is a mad monkey trying to understand life which is unfair and crazy.

The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence. Pursue not the outer entanglements; dwell not in the inner void; be serene in the oneness of things; and dualism vanishes by itself.

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.

The thief left it behind: the moon at my window. We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.

Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely. For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.

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It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society. 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?”.

When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation. The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Don’t be satisfied with your accomplishment, nor be dissatisfied with it. Wise people focus on one thing, the most important, and let go of the rest.

One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world. Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.

You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit and meditate or an hour. The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.

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If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do. Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale. The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.

Share this today: Maxime Legacy started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident. In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running.

His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration. Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the Cole DE Technologies Superior de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

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A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes. Maxime is a father of two, INFO and also loves running.

His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain). Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

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