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Zen Buddhism Quotes


"Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn't necessary." - David Sylvian

"Zen is poetry; poetry is Zen." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"Zen is Tantric Buddhism, Vajrayana is tantric Buddhism - these are various forms of it. Tantric Buddhism simply means cutting to the chase." - Frederick Lenz

"Until now, I had misunderstood the Satori, enlightenment of Zen Buddhism." - Masaoka Shiki

"Zen and Buddhism have produced martial arts, because of the Buddhist injunction against weapons." - Frederick Lenz

"Buddhism in one long prayer." - Mahatma Gandhi

"The light is already there. In Zen Buddhism there's a little speck of dust on the mirror, and that's us." - Frederick Lenz

"Zen is everywhere.... But for you, Zen is right here." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Buddhism strongly discourages blind faith and fanaticism." - Dalai Lama

"Buddhism teaches you to embrace change." - Koo Stark

"Today we can see many different forms of Buddhism, such as Zen and Theravada Buddhism. All these different aspects are practices of Buddha's teachings, and all are equally precious; they are just different presentations." - Kelsang Gyatso

"Today we can see many different forms of Buddhism, such as Zen and Theravada Buddhism. All these different aspects are practices of Buddha's teachings, and all are equally precious; they are just different presentations." - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

"The claim of the Zen followers that they are transmitting the essence of Buddhism is based on their belief that Zen takes hold of the enlivening spirit of the Buddha, stripped of all its historical and doctrinal garments." - D.T. Suzuki

"I seemed to recall some words from an old Zen master, something like, "My Zen cuts down mountains." My rejection of Buddhism was a cutting down of mountains; that is precisely how it felt to me." - Quentin S. Crisp

"Zen was a reaction. Just as Buddha came into the world and spoke against the fall of Vedanta, so Buddhism lost its essence and became ritual. Zen was a reaction to that." - Frederick Lenz

"To practice Zen Buddhism is to train oneself to eliminate hatred, anger and selfishness and to develop loving-kindness towards all." - Thich Thien-An

"Zen Buddhism does not preach. Sermons remain words. It waits until people feel stifled and insecure, driven by a secret longing." - Eugen Herrigel

"Zen professes itself to be the spirit of Buddhism, but in fact it is the spirit of all religions and philosophies," - D.T. Suzuki

"I have a bit of a struggle with some aspects of or forms of Buddhism, but Zen I find to be mainly congenial." - Quentin S. Crisp

"Zen is the unsymbolization of the world." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"Zen is the vehicle of reality." - Jim Harrison

"To Zen, time and eternity are one." - D.T. Suzuki

"Be calm. Be Zen. You are Buddha." - James Patterson

"Zen has no business with ideas." - D.T. Suzuki

"If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change." - Dalai Lama

"Suzuki's works on Zen Buddhism are among the best contributions to the knowledge of living Buddhism... We cannot be sufficiently grateful to the author, first for the fact of his having brought Zen closer to Western understanding, and secondly for the manner in which he has achieved this task." - D.T. Suzuki

"Zen Makes use, to a great extent, of poetical expressions; Zen is wedded to poetry." - D.T. Suzuki

"In the early '60s there was very little reliable information on Tibetan Buddhism. I was living in London and I had joined the Buddhist Society. For the most part, people there were either interested in Theravada or Zen Buddhism. There was almost no one into Tibetan Buddhism at that time." - Tenzin Palmo

"Zen purposes to discipline the mind itself, to make it its own master, through an insight into its proper nature. This getting into the real nature of one's own mind or soul is the fundamental object of Zen Buddhism. Zen, therefore, is more than meditation and Dhyana in its ordinary sense. The discipline of Zen consists in opening the mental eye in order to look into the very reason of existence." - D.T. Suzuki

"Buddhism is reason. Reason will win over your lord." - Nichiren

"Connection to Buddhism is strand in my life." - Anne Waldman

"Prajnaparamita Buddhism is not a religion suitable for the brainless" - Edward Conze

"Tibetan Buddhism had an enormous impact on me." - Richard Gere

"Buddhism is not a creed, it is a doubt." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I'd gotten away from my Buddhism. And I quit meditating." - Tiger Woods

"When I say that Zen is life, I mean that Zen is not to be confined within conceptualization, that Zen is what makes conceptualization possible." - D.T. Suzuki

"There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things." - Yuan-Wu

"There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and there is no Buddhism outside of mundane things." - Yuanwu Keqin

"In Zen Buddhism an action is considered good when it brings happiness and well-being to oneself and others, evil when it brings suffering and harm to oneself and others." - Thich Thien-An

"As a dialectical teacher, I have had many lives where I have taught Zen and Tibetan Buddhism and mysticism. I teach in many different modalites. But the theme that unites them - is love." - Frederick Lenz

"There are things that I value now that I didn't when I first went over there, like Zen Buddhism, which has become part of my life over the last couple years." - Matthew Sweet

"The teachings of Osho, in fact, encompass many religions, but he is not defined by any of them. He is an illuminating speaker on Zen, Taoism, Tibetan Buddhism, Christianity and ancient Greek philosophy... and also a prolific author." - Nevill Drury

"Zen is all about self-study/knowledge and self-help!" - Mika

"If I am asked If I am asked, then, what Zen teaches, I would answer, Zen teaches nothing. Whatever teachings there are in Zen, they come out of one's own mind. We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way." - D.T. Suzuki

"Zen aims at freedom but its practice is disciplined." - Gary Snyder

"For Zen students, a weed is a treasure." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Years of expensive Zen training gone to waste" - Zentatsu Richard Baker

"The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character." - Yamada Koun

"A true Zen saying: 'Nothing is what I want." - Frank Zappa

"A true Zen saying: "Nothing is what I want." - Frank Zappa

"There's something Zen-like about the way I work - it's like raking gravel in a Zen Buddhist garden." - Chuck Close

"Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen." - Bodhidharma

"To remain caught up in ideas and words about Zen is, as the old masters say, to stink of Zen." - Alan Watts

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

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

"The great achievement of Zen Buddhism, and all of its cultural expressions in painting or the tea ceremony or rock gardens, is a rejection of earlier Buddhist ideas which were dependent upon narrative - all the mythological creatures that populate the Buddhist galaxy. Zen insisted on the real located in nature." - Diego Cortez

"A very enjoyable meditation on the curious thing called 'Zen' -not the Japanese religious tradition but rather the Western clich of Zen that is embraced in advertising, self-help books, and much more. . . . Yamada, who is both a scholar of Buddhism and a student of archery, offers refreshing insight into Western stereotypes of Japan and Japanese culture, and how these are received in Japan." - Alexander Gardner

"Buddhism does not accept a theory of God, or a creator. According to Buddhism, one's own actions are the creator, ultimately. Some people say that, from a certain angle, Buddhism is not a religion but rather a science of mind." - Dalai Lama

"Don't use Buddhism to become a Buddhist. Use Buddhism to become better at whatever else in your life you are doing already." - Dalai Lama

"Attachment has to do with suffering, so it's really close to Buddhism, because Buddhism wants to relieve you from suffering; you're supposed to escape from suffering." - Gerald Stern

"When I first was exposed to Buddhism in the mid-1960s, I said it was so practical and utterly pragmatic. That's what attracted me to Buddhism." - Joan Halifax

"What's really great about Buddhism is its rational, informal quality. Coming from my experience of growing up a Catholic, I found Buddhism to be refreshingly easygoing and forgiving." - Matt Dillon

"To these Teachers of Zen; you want a zafu cushion? sit your zen ass on a bicycle seat and peddle into hurricane wind for 8 hours at your max effort; there is your ENGAGED ZEN!" - Steve Ilg

"My ethics, my sense of morality, my work ethic, my sense of compassion for suffering humanity, all of that comes directly out of the practice of poetry, as does my Buddhist practice. Poetry is a very important element in the history of Buddhism in general and in Zen in particular. It was really Zen that motivated me to change the way I perceive the world." - Sam Hamill

"The whole zen attitude is to bring to your notice the fact that there is no effort to be made. The zen attitude is that of effortlessness." - Rajneesh

"Throwing away Zen mind is correct Zen mind. Only keep the question, 'What is the best way of helping other people?'" - Seungsahn

"Facts of experience are valued in Zen more than representations, symbols, and concepts-that is to say, substance is everything in Zen and form nothing." - D.T. Suzuki

"What is Zen? Zen is looking at things with the eye of God, that is, becoming the thing's eyes so that it looks at itself with our eyes." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"Zen is non-serious. Zen has a tremendous sense of humor. No other religion has evolved so much that it can have that sense of humor." - Rajneesh

"Buddhism itself is all about empowering yourself, not about getting what you want." - Pema Chodron

"There's a phrase in Buddhism, 'Beginner's mind.' It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind." - Steve Jobs

"The fundamental goal of Buddhism is the realization of the peace and happiness of humankind." - Josei Toda

"When you think of Buddhism, you're likely to think of peace and tranquility." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"Instead of becoming the world's expert on Buddhism, just let go, let go, let go." - Ajahn Sumedho

"In Buddhism what we seek to do is change ourselves into someone who's beautiful to be." - Frederick Lenz

"If you're studying Buddhism you never really have enough time because you're going to die." - Frederick Lenz

"I was studying Tibetan Buddhism when I was quite young, again influenced by Kerouac." - David Bowie

"Mindfulness is so powerful that the fact that it comes out of Buddhism is irrelevant." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"I haven't got any Buddhism. I live by letting things happen." - Dogen

"There's a phrase in Buddhism, "Beginner's mind." It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind." - Steve Jobs

"One of the cardinal principles of Buddhism, the principle of neglect." - Paul Theroux

"There is nothing in Christianity or Buddhism that quite matches the sympathetic unselfishness of an oyster." - Saki

"Mindfulness is so powerful that the fact that it comes out of Buddhism is irrelevant." - Jon Kabatzinn

"In private, I'm a hippie who follows Buddhism, does yoga, meditates and loves to dance wildly." - Laura Harring

"Buddhism notes that it is always a mistake to think your soul can go it alone." - Annie Dillard

"One thing that attracted me to Buddhism was the support for this larger vision of values." - Herbie Hancock

"There's a phrase in Buddhism, 'Beginner's mind.' It's wonderful to have a beginner's mind." - Steve Jobs

"I like to read about different religions - Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism." - Wesley Snipes

"I do feel I'm being respectful to Buddhism and martial arts with 'Mortal Kombat.'" - Mark Dacascos

"Buddhism is the process of getting to that part of us that is always eternally happy." - Frederick Lenz

"There are techniques of Buddhism, such as meditation, that anyone can adopt." - Dalai Lama

"Why can't we simply borrow what is useful to us from Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism, especially Zen, as we borrow from Christianity, science, American Indian traditions and world literature in general, including philosophy, and let the rest go hang? Borrow what we need but rely principally upon our own senses, common sense and daily living experience." - Edward Abbey

"In Zen Buddhism, the greater your doubt, the greater will be your enlightenment. That is why doubt can be a good thing. If you are too sure, if you always have conviction, then you may be caught in your wrong perception for a long time." - Nhat Hanh

"Well, I would have to say as a Christian that I believe any belief system, any world view, whether its Zen Buddhism or Hinduism or dialectical materialism for that matter, Marxism, that keeps persons captive and keeps them from coming to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, yes, is a demonstration of satanic power." - Albert Mohler

"We have been teaching together [with Kaz] now for more than twenty years in sesshins, in international travel programs in Japan and China, as well as intensives on Buddhism that focus on the work of Zen Master Dogen and Ryokan, as well as on many of the Mahayana sutras." - Joan Halifax

"Apart from the underlying mystery of all things, there is also another possible specific mystery in this situation: Why did I become so interested in Buddhism, Zen and so on? I seem to have a Buddhist voice in my head, and someone asked me about this recently, saying he was intrigued." - Quentin S. Crisp

"In Zen Buddhism, "The Great Cessation" is a term that points to the abandoning of the effort to define one's self by any outer definition and to give up acts of futility. It is to let the world remain a mystery that cannot be captured by science, language, or any invention of the mind" - Mike Scheidt

"Prophecy is rash, but it may be that the publication of D.T. Suzuki's first Essays in Zen Buddhism in 1927 will seem to future generations as great an intellectual event as William of Moerbeke's Latin translations of Aristotle in the thirteenth century or Marsiglio Ficino's of Plato in the fifteenth." - D.T. Suzuki

"Those who sit perfectly physically usually take more time to obtain the true way of Zen." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Zen martini: A martini with no vermouth at all. And no gin, either." - P. J. O'Rourke

"Zen teaches that our approach to today determines our whole approach to life." - Philip Toshio Sudo

"Zen is like soap. First you wash with it, and then you wash off the soap." - Yamaoka Tesshu

"Zen is the enemy of analysis, the friend of intuition. The Zen artist understands the ends of his art intuitively, and the last thing he would do is create categories; the avowed purpose of Zen is to eliminate categories! The true Zen-man holds to the old Taoist proverb, Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know." - Tom Hoover

"Zen culture invites us to experience reality without the intervening distractions of intellect, categories, analysis." - Tom Hoover

"Zen is based on the recognition of two incompatible types of thought: rational and intuitive." - Tom Hoover

"The secret of zen is just two words: not... always... so." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Zen is to have the heart and soul of a little child." - Takuan Soho

"The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something." - Yamada Koun

"Zen masters say you cannot see your reflection in running water, only in still water." - Elizabeth Gilbert

"In a certain sense, Zen is feeling life instead of feeling something about life." - Alan Watts

"Zen phrase says The instant you speak about a thing you miss the mark." - Fritjof Capra

"America is a place where Jewish merchants sell Zen love beads to agnostics for Christmas." - John Burton Brimer

"The trick is to be Zen about it. Winning is sometimes not the prize" - Jane Fonda

"I feel like I'm being too Zen. I'm inhaling too much patchouli and incense. It's embarrassing." - Jimmy Fallon

"My look is either very baroque or very Zen - everything in between makes me itch." - Iris Apfel

"There's a Zen to acting, by being in the moment. That's where the power is." - Christine Ebersole

"In Japanese art, space assumed a dominant role and its position was strengthened by Zen concepts." - Stephen Gardiner

"Zen pretty much comes down to three things - everything changes; everything is connected; pay attention." - Jane Hirshfield

"Golf is a spiritual game. It's like Zen. You have to let your mind take over." - Amy Alcott

"One thing I like about Zen. It doesn't believe in achievement." - Agnes Martin

"We can see unmistakeably that there is an inner relationship between Zen and the warrior's life." - D.T. Suzuki

"Working out is my biggest hobby. It's my Zen hour. I just zone out." - Zac Efron

"What I term Zen, old Zen, the original face of Zen, new Zen, pure Zen, or Tantric Zen is - Zen in its essence." - Frederick Lenz

"The Dalai Lama once said that 'If science proves some belief of Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change!' This is a great thought! And great thoughts belong to great men only!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"I don't feel any great need to subscribe to a certain notion of Buddhism that says "You have to do this" or "You have to do that." Buddhism does not prescribe rituals or prohibitions in the way many religions do." - Pankaj Mishra

"Buddhism helps people to overcome pain. The deepest pain that Chinese people feel now is the pain of separation from loved ones, one of the eight pains in Buddhism." - Ye Xiaowen

"Students of popular science... are always insisting that Christianity and Buddhism are very much alike, especially Buddhism. This is generally believed, and I believed it myself until I read a book giving the reasons for it." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I'm fascinated by Buddhism. I adore Buddhism, and I read about it all the time, but I haven't formally become a Buddhist, although I don't really know why I haven't. I guess I feel I don't need to." - John Burdett

"Real Buddhism is about meditation." - Frederick Lenz

"The only "definitive truth" for Buddhism is the absolute negation of any one truth as the Definitive Truth." - Dalai Lama

"It's very difficult to stay angry when a room full of bald guys in orange robes start giggling. Buddhism." - Christopher Moore

"In Buddhism there are words you can say... as you say the words with rhythm the conscious tells the subconscious" - Tina Turner

"The essence of Buddhism is if you can, help others. If not, then at least refrain from hurting others." - Dalai Lama

"I have found a much greater appreciation of Buddhism because I couldn't take it for granted here in exile." - Dalai Lama

"I could justify violence only in this extreme case, to save the last living knowledge of Buddhism itself." - Dalai Lama

"The trouble with Buddhism ?- in order to free oneself of all desire, one has to desire to do so." - Henry Miller

"Buddhism, n. A preposterous form of religious error perversely preferred by about three-fourths of the human race." - Ambrose Bierce

"I do regard Islam to be a religion of peace in the same sense as Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism are." - Mahatma Gandhi

"For me, Buddhism is a psychology and a philosophy that provides a means, upayas, for working with the mind." - Joan Halifax

"If there is any religion that could respond to the needs of modern science, it would be Buddhism." - Albert Einstein

"When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma, some past connection." - Richard Gere

"I think Buddhism should open the door of psychology and healing to penetrate more easily into the Western world." - Nhat Hanh

"I have always worked with energy. Everything is energy. Buddhism. Christ teachings. These are foundation stones for a spiritual life." - Dave Davies

"I feel a lot more secure about the directions I take, than I might have, had I not practiced Buddhism." - Herbie Hancock

"Buddhism has turned me on to my humanness, and is challenging my humanness so that I can become more human." - Herbie Hancock

"Music is not the only reason that I practice Buddhism anymore because it has affected my whole life." - Herbie Hancock

"There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time." - Thich Nhat Hanh

"Buddhism talks about the possibility of transforming greed, hatred, and delusion. But sometimes need turns into greed." - Jack Kornfield

"The philosophy of Buddhism is connected to everything. So it probably does have some connection with acting, yes." - Orlando Bloom

"There are many, many Christians who practice Buddhism, and they become better and better Christians all the time." - Nhat Hanh



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