Zen quotes

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• 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