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
Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.
Relax. Nothing is under control. ~Adi Da
“Mind is simply a combination of all the thoughts, of all the clouds. Mind has no independent nature of its own. When all the thoughts are gone and the sky is clean and clear, you will see that everything that you have paid so much attention to is nothing but emptiness. Your thoughts were all empty. They contained nothing, they were void. ” – Osho
“In Zen, you drop off all the stuff you don’t need- your worries, fears, opinions, preconceptions, attachments because you really don’t need them!
Complete Idiots Guide to Zen Living” –
“Be Yourself! ” – Buddha.
“You do not need to leave your room, remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you. To be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. ” – Franz Kafka
Zhuangzi 369 BC – 286 BC
Each night the Tree of Nut out of naught knits neat nuts.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
So an ancient once said, “Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life”. Don’t expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, “Attain deliverance in disturbances”.
— Kyong Ho
Zen says everything is divine so how can anything be special?
All is special. Nothing is non-special so nothing can be special.
Only one thing is certain — that is, nothing is certain.
If this statement is true, it is also false.
— Ancient Paradox
Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one’s own rules–this
is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.
— D. T. Suzuki
All that is great cannot be possessed – and that is one of
the most foolish things man goes on doing. We want to possess.
In any given moment the answer to your problem is
staring you in the face – if only you can see it.
— Heather Jansch
The Zen philosophy posits that ‘human beings suffer’ and ‘the cause of suffering is desire.’ The way to put an end to suffering is to stop wanting everything, all the time.
— Karl Albrecht
He knows not where he’s going,
For the ocean will decide,
Its not the destination,
It’s the glory of the ride.
–Edward Monkton, Zen dog
Meditation is not about finding the self–quite the contrary: it is about finding one’s way beyond the self. Meditation is also not about ‘explaining the mind’. It is instead about clearing away clutter created by the mind. — David M. White
Zen lives in the present. The whole teaching is: how to be in the present; how to get out of the past which is no more and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centered, in that which is.
The tongue like a sharp knife…kills without drawing blood.
“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, Buddha in the Classroom: Zen
“He knows not where he’s going,
For the ocean will decide,
It’s not the destination,
It’s the glory of the ride.”
-Edward Monkton, Zen Dog
In reality there is only Now. If you know how to handle this moment you know how to handle the whole eternity.
Do not let pleasure distract you
From meditation, from the way.
Free yourself from pleasure and pain.
Let me drop a word of advice for believers of my faith.
To enjoy life’s immensity, you do not need many things.
If you wish to see the truth
Then hold no opinion for or against.
The struggle of what one likes
And what one dislikes
Is the disease of the mind.
He who experiences the unity of life sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.