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

There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
At any given moment, I open my eyes and exist. And before that, during all eternity, what was there? Nothing.
Ugo Betti

To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.

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

The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
T.S. Eliot

When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough. When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much.

It is better to practice a little than talk a lot.
Muso Kokushi

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
Lao Tzu

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Robert M. Pirsig

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

The quieter you become, the more you can hear.
Baba Ram Dass

You must neither strive for truth nor seek to lose your illusions.
The Shodoka

As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself.
Shunryu Suzuki

To set up what you like against what you don't like -- this is the disease of the mind.

No yesterday, no tomorrow, and no today.

When you get there, there isn't any there there.
Gertrude Stein

Nothing is exactly as it seems, nor is it otherwise.
Alan Watts

Since it is all too clear
It takes time to grasp it.
When you understand that it's foolish to look for fire with fire,
The meal is already cooked.

• 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.
• All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
• Life is the only thing worth living for.
• Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.
• Live every day like your hair was on fire.
• 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.
• There is nothing infinite apart from finite things.
• 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.
• Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.
• Sitting peacefully doing nothing Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself.
• Everything the same; everything distinct.
• Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else!
• Chop wood, carry water.
• Possessing much knowledge is like having a thousand foot fishing line with a hook, but the fish is always an inch beyond the hook.
• A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.
• If you meet on the way a man who knows, Don't speak a word -- Don't keep silent!
• Even a good thing isn't as good as nothing.
• This is not the Buddha, this is the Buddha.
• One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.
• Whatever is material shape, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all material shape should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: "This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self." Whatever is feeling, whatever is perception, whatever are habitual tendencies, whatever is consciousness, past, future, present, subjective or objective, gross or subtle, mean or excellent, whether it is far or near — all should be seen by perfect intuitive wisdom as it really is: "This is not mine, this I am not, this is not my self." Zen Quotes by Buddha Gautama (born 563 B.C.)
• Neither is there Bodhi-tree, Nor yet a mirror bright; Since in reality all is void, Whereon can the dust fall?....Hui Neng (638-713).

• He who wherever he goes is attached to no person and to no place by ties of flesh; who accepts good and evil alike, neither welcoming the one nor shrinking from the other — take it that such a one has attained Perfection. "Bhagavad-Gita"

• You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed....Zen Quotes by Mumon.
• No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself....Zen Quotes by Tilopa.
• When you pass through, no one can pin you down, no one can call you back....Zen Quotes by Ying-An.
• If I am holding a cup of water and I ask you, "is the cup empty?" you will say "No, it is full of water." But if i pour out the water and I ask you again, you may say, "yes, it is empty." but, empty of what?....My cup is empty of water, but it is not empty of air. To be empty is to be empty of something..... When Avalokita [Kuan-Yin, or Kannon, the bodhisattva who embodies Compassion] says [in the Heart Sutra] that the five skandas are equally empty, to help him be precise, we must ask "Mr. Avolikta, empty of what?" The five Skandas, which may be translated into english as the five heaps, or five aggregates, are the five elements of that comprise the human being.....In fact, these are really five rivers flowing together in us: the river of form, which means our body, the river of mental formations, the river of feelings, the river of perceptions and the river of consciousness. They are always flowing within us... Arvalokit looked deeply into the five skhandas... and discovered none of them can be by itself alone....Form is empty of a separate self, but it is full of everything else in the cosmos. The same is true with feelings, perceptions, mental formations, and consciousness. Thich Nhat Hanh The Heart of Understanding

• Normally, we do not so much look at things as overlook them....Zen Quote by Alan Watts.

The reverse side also has a reverse side....Japanese Proverb

I cannot tell if what the world considers 'happiness' is happiness or not. All I know is that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed, in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness....Chuang-tzu.

All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence....
The Buddha's last words

God has no religion.....Mahatma Gandhi.

Do not mistake understanding for realization, and do not mistake realization for liberation....Tibetan Saying

The heart Sutra teaches that "form is emptiness, and emptiness is form. "Many people don't know what that means--even some long time students of meditation. But there is a very easy way to see this in our every day lives. For example, here is a wooden chair. It is brown. You sit in the chair, and it holds you up. You can place things on it. But then you light the chair on fire, then leave. When you come back later, the chair is no longer there! This thing that seemed so solid and string and real is now just a pile of cinder and ash which the wind blows around. This example shows how the chair is empty: It as no independent existence. Over a long or short time, the chair will eventually change and become something other than it appears. So, the brown chair is complete emptiness. But though it always has the quality of emptiness, this emptiness is form: you can sit in the chair, and it will hold you up. "Form is emptiness, and emptiness is form." ....
Zen Quotes byZen Master Seun Sahn, The Compass of Zen

The process of practice is to see through, not to eliminate, anything to which we are attached. We could have great financial wealth and be unattached to it, or we light have nothing and be very attached to having nothing. Usually, if we have seen through the nature of attachment, we will have a tendency to have few possessions, but not necessarily. Most practice gets caught in this area of fiddling with our environments or our minds. " My mind should be quiet". Our mind doesn't matter; what matters is non attachment to the activities of the mind. And our emotions are harmless unless they dominate us 9 that is, if we are attached to them)---then they create dis-harmony for everyone. The first problem in practice is to see that we are attached. As we do consistent, patient zazen we begin to know that we are nothing but attachments; they rule our lives. But we never lose an attachment by saying it has to go. Only as we gain true awareness of its true nature does it quietly and imperceptibly wither away; like a sandcastle with waves rolling over, it just smoothes out and finally Where is it? What was it? .....
Zen Quotes by Charlotte Joko Beck, Everyday Zen

"weeds only grow when we dislike them"