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Zen Buddhist Quotes


"And finally, be assured that Zen asks nothing even as it promises nothing. One can be a Protestant Zen Buddhist, a Catholic Zen Buddhist or a Jewish Zen Buddhist. Zen is a quiet thing. It listens." - Howard Fast

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

"I am a Buddhist." - Orlando Bloom

"I'm a Buddhist." - Joni Mitchell

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

"According to Zen Buddhist cosmology there are ten thousand different states of mind to view and understand life through." - Frederick Lenz

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

"From my own personal encounters and studies with both Tantric and Zen Buddhist monks, I have found them to be humorous, warm, charming, and compassionate." - Frederick Lenz

"To be a good Zen Buddhist it is not enough to follow the teaching of its founder; we have to experience the Buddha's experience." - D.T. Suzuki

"To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't." - Lawrence Ferlinghetti

"But for the first time, I had a religious identity. I had come home. And so I called myself a Zen Buddhist at the age of 18." - M Scott Peck

"What are you, Zen Master Fang?" - Charlaine Harris

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

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

"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

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

"The Dalai Lama says that when a Catholic and a Buddhist speak, the Buddhist becomes a deeper Buddhist and the Catholic becomes a deeper Catholic." - Pico Iyer

"Marvelous oriental pace he's got, just like a Buddhist statue." - Harry Carpenter

"I didn't realize I was in a Buddhist temple." - Al Gore

"I'm no buddhist, but this is fu**ing enlightmentment" - Bjork

"I certainly haven't lived the life of a Buddhist monk." - Burton Cummings

"I'm just the worst little Buddhist in town." - Cher

"Because of my Buddhist practice, I'm never lacking for inspiration." - Duncan Sheik

"I grew up in a mostly Buddhist environment." - Uma Thurman

"I am a simple Buddhist monk - no more, no less." - Dalai Lama

"Don't become a Buddhist. The world doesn't need Buddhist. Do practice Compassion. The world needs more compassion." - Dalai Lama

"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

"Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, Sufi or zen. Not any religion or cultural system. I am not of the East, nor of the West.... My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless." - Rumi

"You grow, learn, and the more I can sit in silence and be comfortable with myself, the more I can make noise, as ironic and Zen Buddhist and satanic as it sounds!" - Nikki Sixx

"The three elements of creativity are thus: loving, knowing, and doing - or heart, mind, and hands - or, as Zen Buddhist teaching has it; great faith, great question, and great courage." - Eric Maisel

"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

"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 zen master's life is one continuous mistake." - Dogen

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

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

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

"I just had to stay cool. Zen. No punching in the face. Punching would not be Zen." - Ilona Andrews

"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

"To an experienced Zen Buddhist, asking if one believes in Zen or one believes in the Buddha, sounds a little ludicrous, like asking if one believes in air or water. Similarly Quality is not something you believe in, Quality is something you experience." - Robert M Pirsig

"My dad was a Buddhist when I was young. So, at a point when I begging become Catholic he was saying "no" and imparting Buddhist precepts." - Sean Astin

"Just studying Buddhism, then meditating and going to Buddhist monasteries, talking to Buddhist monks, combined with the Thai people themselves, changed the way I look at the world." - John Burdett

"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

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

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

"Zen... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." - Alan Watts

"Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes." - Alan Watts

"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

"Science is reaching the conclusions that we had been taught through the Tibetan Buddhist experience." - Gelek Rimpoche

"Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew." - Mahatma Gandhi

"When I'm a Buddhist my family hates me. When I'm the Buddha they love me." - Frank Hall

"Whenever anyone, Buddhist or not, sees a Temple or an image of Buddha they receive blessings." - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso

"Buddha was not a Christian, but Jesus would have made a good Buddhist." - Ray Wylie Hubbard

"I meditate twice a day. I chant. I lean more towards Buddhist practices." - Taryn Manning

"I'm a lapsed Buddhist like I'm a lapsed Catholic. I take it to a point." - Abel Ferrara

"I used a lot of pancake makeup and a prayer, and a Buddhist chant." - Steven Cojocaru

"Unfortunately, however, I have too many desires to make a good Buddhist." - Jim Coleman

"You haven't partied until you've partied at dawn in complete silence with Buddhist monks." - Cameron Diaz

"I'm not a Buddhist, or a card-carrying member of any religion." - Matt Dillon

"To a Buddhist, contradictions only exist in a mind that has been forced to cultivate them." - John Burdett

"I am a practicing Buddhist. I have been for 25 years." - Tina Turner

"I like change. There's something Buddhist about it - continuous change is wonderful." - David Bailey

"A Buddhist or a good atheist is as acceptable to God as a good Catholic." - Pat Buckley

"Advanced Buddhist Yoga is the art of altering your karmic patterns." - Frederick Lenz

"I describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk. No more, no less." - Dalai Lama

"There is a director who should make 'Silver Surfer' - he is mentally committed to it. He's doing another movie now. What's most important to me about this guy, first, is that he's incredible with visuals. But he's also a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist. ... Galactus is a force of nature, not a being. That's all I'm saying." - Avi Arad

"Vietnamese Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the most beloved Buddhist teachers in the West, a rare combination of mystic, poet, scholar, and activist. His luminous presence and the simple, compassionate clarity of his writings have touched countless lives." - Joanna Macy

"I'm not really hip to too much of the Zen or the Buddhist point of view, but you see I don't have to be because I just know that they're all the same, it's all the same, it's just whichever one you want to take and it happens that I'm taking the Hindu one." - George Harrison

"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

"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

"I came to California in 1970 and so many people were asking if I was a Buddhist or knew Zen theory, asking if I was enlightened already or not. So I said, "Yes, I am enlightened," and then I studied quickly to catch up." - Hiroshi Sugimoto

"At times, Zen does get into some Buddhist Cosmology. Nishijima Roshi, my main teacher would talk about that and almost every time immediately say that it was only one way of looking at it. Whenever addressing realms of Heaven or Hell, he'd also address that it was just a psychological state." - Brad Warner

"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

"If you say you had a zen moment, you already didn't." - Alec Sulkin

"I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats." - Eckhart Tolle

"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

"Zen has no secrets other than seriously thinking about life and death." - Takeda Shingen

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

"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

"When other sects speak well of Zen, the first thing that they praise is its poverty." - Dogen

"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

"There is no need to have a deep understanding of Zen." - Shunryu Suzuki

"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 Christian pities men because they are dying, and the Buddhist pities them because they are living. The Christian is sorry for what damages the life of a man; but the Buddhist is sorry for him because he is alive." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"I'm not a New Age person, but I do believe in meditation, and for that reason I've always liked the Buddhist religion. When I've been to Japan, I've been to Buddhist temples and meditated, and I found that rewarding." - Clint Eastwood

"When I'm riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence" - Robin Williams

"As my Buddhist teachers have shown me, wisdom emerges in the space around words as much as from language itself." - Mark Epstein

"The Buddhist expresses it in one way, the Christian in another, but both say the same: We are all one." - Nikola Tesla

"According to Buddhist psychology most of our troubles stem from attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent." - Dalai Lama

"The experience taught me to be present in the real Buddhist sense of paying attention to the moment." - Sandra Cisneros

"I knew a Buddhist once, and I've hated myself ever since. The whole thing was a failure." - Hunter S Thompson

"Right now, I'm following the Buddhist principle: Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass." - Aishwarya Rai

"I'm nothing special, just an ordinary human being. That's why I always describe myself as a simple Buddhist monk." - Dalai Lama

"Right now, I'm following the Buddhist principle: Smile as abuse is hurled your way and this too shall pass." - Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

"I admire the fact that the central core of Buddhist teaching involves mindfulness and loving kindness and compassion." - Ron Reagan

"I think my Buddhist practice has a profound influence on my life and encompasses my creative projects." - Duncan Sheik

"A lot of people believe that when you are Buddhist, you are the Dalai Lama. I'm certainly not." - Eric Ripert

"I spend a lot of time with Buddhists. I'm not a Buddhist, but their relationship with death interests me." - Joan Baez

"In the Buddhist scriptures, it said many births cause suffering, so Buddhism is not against family planning." - Mechai Viravaidya

"The Buddha would not have liked people to call themselves Buddhist. To him that would have been a fundamental error because there are no fixed identities. He would have thought that someone calling himself a Buddhist has too much invested in calling himself a Buddhist." - Pankaj Mishra

"If you exchanged wedding vows, tape them to your bathroom mirror and read them aloud to yourself every morning along with the ritual brushing of teeth. It's not realistic to believe that you will live your promises as a daily practice - unless you're a saint or a highly evolved Zen Buddhist. Not where marriage is concerned. But you can make a practice of returning to your vows when the going gets rough." - Harriet Lerner

"Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again." - Maya Angelou

"Wabi means spare, impoverished; simple and functional. It connotes a transcendence of fad and fashion. The spirit of wabi imbues all the Zen arts, from calligraphy to karate, from the tea ceremony to Zen archery." - Shunryu Suzuki

"Haiku is a particularly Zen form of poetry; for Zen detests egoism in the form of calculated effects or self-glorification of any sort. The author of haiku should be absent, and only the haiku present." - Anne Bancroft

"The true "Way" cannot be used to look into the heart of another, and can only be appreciated and found on one's own. What others say is but "oral Zen" - Zen not practiced but simply preached or talked about." - Henry Chang

"The object of Zen is not to kill all feelings and become anesthetized to pain and fear. The object of Zen is to free us to scream loudly and fully when it is time to scream." - Francis Harold Cook

"The future of humanity will move closer and closer toward the approach of Zen, because the meeting of the East and West is possible only through something like Zen, which is earthly and yet unearthly." - Rajneesh

"No matter what verbal space you try to enclose Zen in, it resists, and spills over ... the Zen attitude is that words and truth are incompatible, or at least that no words can capture truth." - Douglas Hofstadter

"It is not good to talk about Zen, because Zen is nothingness... If you talk about it, you are always lying, and if you don't talk about it, no one knows it is there." - Robert M Pirsig

"From the Zen view all beings are in the grip of the three poisons, greed, anger and delusion (ignorance)." - Brenda Shoshanna

"Zen practice asks you not to worry about who you 'should' become. Find out who you are right now." - Brenda Shoshanna

"I love road trips. You get into this Zen rhythm; throw sense of time out the window." - Miriam Toews

"For Zen students a weed is a treasure. With this attitude, whatever you do, life becomes an art." - Shunryu Suzuki

"If Zen has any preference it is for glass that is plain, has no color, and is "just glass."" - Thomas Merton

"The renowned seventh-century Zen master Seng-tsan taught that true freedom is being "without anxiety about imperfection." - Tara Brach

"The Zen expression "Kill the Buddha!" means to kill any concept of the Buddha as something apart from oneself." - Peter Matthiessen

"I feel much more comfortable either up in a tree, or underwater. That's where I feel the most zen." - Margot Robbie

"Ah, lovely: the ripple, the ripple there. That's nearly the Zen clap of acceptance there, wasn't it?" - Bill Bailey

"As the old Zen saying reminds us, the finger pointing at the moon is not the moon." - Helen Palmer Geisel

"My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results." - Seth Godin

"At my Rolling Stones' tour, the camera was a protection. I used it in a Zen way." - Annie Leibovitz

"In Zen, poverty is voluntary, and considered not really as poverty so much as simplicity, freedom, unclutteredness." - Alan Watts

"Zen is very easy! It's like touching your nose when you wash your face in the morning!" - Seungsahn

"The Zen people from Ancient China, "When you're walking, just walk." It turns out to be the hardest thing." - Jon Kabat-Zinn

"Do not be idolatrous about or bound to any doctrine, theory, or ideology, even Buddhist ones. All systems of thought are guiding means; they are not absolute truth." - Nhat Hanh

"According to Buddhist scriptures, compassion is the "quivering of the pure heart" when we have allowed ourselves to be touched by the pain of life." - Jack Kornfield

"The idea that Buddhism denies what is called in the West individual immortality is a mistake, so far as the Buddhist scriptures are concerned." - Annie Besant

"The legendary Buddhist flower udumbara is believed to blossom once every three millennia! What about the Flower of Peace? In every ten million years?" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"note the similarities with buddhism a buddhist who has achieved nirvana is not sad primarily because it does not know the concept of sad [...]" - Tao Lin



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