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Quotes, proverbs, famous Zen sayings

If you understand, things are just as they are...
if you do not understand, things are just as they are
Zen proverb

From the pine tree
learn of the pine tree
and from the bamboo
learn of the bamboo

One moon shows in every pool
in every pool the one moon
Zen Forest Saying

The world is like a mirror you see?
smile and your friends smile back
Japanese Zen saying

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

What is troubling us is the tendency to believe
that the mind is like a little man within
Ludwig Wittgenstein

The mind of the past is ungraspable
the mind of the future is ungraspable
the mind of the present is ungraspable
Diamond Sutra

The obstacle is the path
Zen proverb

Even to speak the word Buddha
is dragging it in the mud soaking wet
Blue Cliff Record

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

Student says
I am very discouraged
what should I do?
Master says
encourage others
Zen proverb

The body is the tree of enlightenment
the mind like a clear mirror stand
time and gain wipe it diligently
don't let it gather dust

Enlightenment is basically not a tree
and the clear mirror is not a stand
fundamentally there is not a single thing
where can dust collect

The website you seek
cannot be located now
endless others exist
Internet Zen Haiku

Form does not differ from emptiness
emptiness does not differ from form
form itself is emptiness
emptiness itself is form
so too are feeling
formation and consciousness
Heart Sutra

All conditioned things are impermanent
be a lamp unto yourself
Buddha's last words

A flower falls
even though we love it
and a weed grows
even though we do not love it
Dogen Zenji

It is the thoughtlife that pollutes

We do not learn by experience
but by our capacity for experience

The fundamental delusion of humanity is
to suppose that I am here and you are out there
Yasutani Roshi

totally beyond
perfectly beyond

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