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

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

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

"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

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

"Tantric Zen leads to illumination and fun right here and now, which is why I like it." - Frederick Lenz

"A thief running away like mad from a ferocious watch-dog may be a splendid example of Zen." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game." - Jim Jarmusch

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

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

"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

"If you try to grasp Zen in movement, it goes into stillness. If you try to grasp Zen in stillness, it goes into movement. It is like a fish hidden in a spring, drumming up waves and dancing independently." - Linji Yixuan

"The Zen Master was constantly attempting to break up concepts that people had about what it was like to be a spiritual teacher. We have a traditional image. Each Zen master was a complete character." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"Sometimes people come up and they get infatuated with some little brief imagistic poem or something, and they say, "Oh, I really like your Zen poems." And I say, "Which ones are not Zen poems?"" - Sam Hamill

"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

"It's a relationship like to a crusty Zen master, or something like that. And it is really like another entity because you cannot predict the answers." - Terence Mckenna

"Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung." - Saying

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

"I have developed a Zen-like approach to the operating systems that people use: 'When you're ready, the right operating system will appear in your life." - Guy Kawasaki

"Like the moon on the water, in a way. When you confront a Zen master, what you're really seeing are not his limitations but yours." - Pico Iyer

"Crowdsourcing is the ultimate disruptor of distribution because in a most Zen-like fashion, the content is controlled by everyone and no one at the same time." - Jay Samit

"No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It's very Zen-like, that moment. They are completely open." - George Carlin

"I have developed a Zen-like approach to the operating systems that people use: 'When you're ready, the right operating system will appear in your life.'" - Guy Kawasaki

"HELLO! Look at me. HELLO! I am so ZEN. This is BLOOD. This is NOTHING. Hello. Everything is nothing, and it's so cool to be ENLIGHTENED. Like me." - Chuck Palahniuk

"In the study of Zen you can learn how to strengthen and clarify your finite mind. Your finite mind is like a muscle; when exercised it becomes stronger." - Frederick Lenz

"A person who undertakes the study of Zen and learns concentration and meditation is like a gymnast. You become a gymnast of the mind." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"Tantric Zen is the original Zen, Zen without rules, Zen without form. Zen can certainly take rules and form. So Tantric Zen might have some rules and form, but it would remain formless even though it had rules and form." - Frederick Lenz

"Tantric Zen is for someone who is really broad-minded. It is Bodhidharma's Zen, your Zen, my Zen. Which doesn't mean I have a problem with Japanese Zen. Most Japanese Zen is minding your p's and q's." - Frederick Lenz

"Here it is ... your moment of zen." - Jon Stewart

"Tantric Zen is a state of mind" - Frederick Lenz

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

"In Zen we have no gurus." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"I consider writing a legitimate Zen practice." - Natalie Goldberg

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

"Watermelons and Zen students grow pretty much the same way. Long periods of sitting till they ripen and grow all juicy inside, but when you knock them on the head to see if they're ready sounds like nothing's going on." - Peter Levitt

"We call it the transmission of the lamp in Zen. That's when we take enlightened states of mind and literally, you can transfer them, just like you can hand somebody flowers." - Frederick Lenz

"When a garden is used as a place to pause for thought, that is when a Zen garden comes to life. When you contemplate a garden like this it will form as lasting impression on your heart." - Muso Soseki

"I suppose what I like about Zen is that the teachers are constantly questioning your insight and challenging it, looking for sloppiness or laziness in it, and ways you can go past that." - David O Russell

"Whether you are a genius or an idiot, a thief or, like me, a Zen priest who has cultivated the mind for 30 years - the mind anyway is subject to conditions." - Zoketsu Norman Fischer

"We sell tea in Starbucks, but I think the experience is very different. I think coffee is something that is quick - it's transactional. I think tea is more Zen-like. It requires a different environment." - Howard Schultz

"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

"I am not a big technology person. I don't go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it's private, which in this day and age is harder to come by." - Tim Burton

"If you're very, very conservative and you like that sort of practice, go find a very conservative Zen master and just do traditional Japanese practice, which is not that traditional actually." - Frederick Lenz

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

"This is Zen, and in Zen, as we all know ... anything goes!" - Frederick Lenz

"The secret of this kind of climbing, is like Zen. Don't think. Just dance along. It's the easiest thing in the world, actually easier than walking on flat ground which is monotonous. The cute little problems present themselves at each step and yet you don't hesitate and you find yourself on some other boulder you picked out for no special reason at all, just like zen.~ Japhy" - Jack Kerouac

"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

"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

"Zen is a very quick path. Zen is the path of meditation. The word Zen means emptiness or fullness, meditation. Meditation is the quickest path to enlightenment." - Frederick Lenz

"Zen is not about eliminating thoughts but illuminating them." - Gerald May

"In Tantric Zen it doesn't matter but it does ... ." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way." - D.T. Suzuki

"There is really only one Zen Master ... and that's yourself." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"There are two primary ways of studying Zen. Either an individual will enter into a Zen monastery and study with a Zen master there, or they will study with a Zen master who lives in the contemporary world." - Frederick Lenz

"Old Zen was the reduction of concepts to absurdity." - Frederick Lenz

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

"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

"Zen is the study of mind in all of its manifestations. The purpose of Zen is to be happy." - Frederick Lenz

"One has to reach to the absolute state of awareness: that is Zen. You cannot do it every morning for a few minutes or for half an hour and then forget all about it. It has to become like your heartbeat. You have to sit in it, you have to walk in it. Yes, you have even to sleep in it." - Rajneesh

"This is what Zen means by being detached-not being without emotion or feeling, but being one in whom feeling is not sticky or blocked, and through whom the experiences of the world pass like the reflections of birds flying over water." - Alan Watts

"You can do anything you like - really - but this [Sci-Fi] is absolutely disciplined, it's Zen, you have to be absolutely focused in an area. You have to zone into an area and you then you can achieve when you get there. It's really weird!" - Danny Boyle

"I have a deep-seated distrust and even contempt for people who are driven by ambition to conquer the world ... those who cannot control themselves and produce vast amounts of crap that no one cares about. I find it unattractive. I like the Zen artists: they'd do some work, and then they'd stop for a while." - Saul Leiter

"Rigging is like Zen meditation. You must bend over the boat until your back is breaking, until your brain is filled with numbers and fractions of numbers, until you can accurately measure an oarlock's pitch without bothering to use the pitch meter. Only then will you see the way of eternal rigging happiness." - Brad Alan Lewis

"Do not do that again," he said stiffly. "Don't kiss me back then," I retorted. He stared at me for what seemed like forever. "I don't give 'Zen lessons' to hear myself talk. I don't give them because you're another student. I'm doing this to teach you control." "You're doing a great job," I said bitterly." - Richelle Mead

"If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert." - Rajneesh

"What writing practice, like Zen practice does is bring you back to the natural state of mind...The mind is raw, full of energy, alive and hungry. It does not think in the way we were brought up to think-well-mann ered, congenial." - Natalie Goldberg

"I have a deep-seated distrust and even contempt for people who are driven by ambition to conquer the world ... those who cannot control themselves and produce vast amounts of crap that no one cares about. I find it unattractive. I like the Zen artists: they"d do some work, and then they"d stop for a while." - Saul Leiter

"One has to reach to the absolute state of awareness: that is Zen. You cannot do it every morning for a few minutes or for half an hour and then forget all about it. It has to become like your heartbeat. You have to sit in it, you have to walk in it. Yes, you have even to sleep in it." - Osho

"If you ask Zen people they will say; tea is not something that you pour with unawareness and drink like any other drink. It is not a drink, it is meditation; it is prayer. So they listen to the kettle creating a melody, and in that listening they become more silent, more alert." - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Many of the customers here are traveling all over the world so they need multiple types of clothes. That's one thing about Urban Zen - it is seasonless and it is timeless. So it's not about the fashion of a moment saying, "I have to have it now." It's something that you become a part of...sort of like a sari." - Donna Karan

"I work out because that's my job, but what I enjoy about it, beyond the vanity, is the Zen of it. I like getting out of my head, and one great way to do that is to sweat your face off. And to know that, if you're thinking of anything else, you're not working intensely enough." - Chris Pine

"I love jeans and T-shirts, but for red carpets, I like Oscar de la Renta, who is timeless. Marchesa celebrates the female form in an ethereal way. Donna Karan does an Urban Zen collection, which is eco-friendly. I love socially conscious fashion." - Serinda Swan

"Just like there are different roads that lead to different places, so there are different levels of awareness that lead to different places and we shift in and out of them. These are the ten thousand states of mind that we study in Zen." - Frederick Lenz

"Zen is the spirit of a man. Zen believes in his inner purity and goodness. Whatever is superadded or violently torn away, injures the wholesomeness of the spirit. Zen, therefore, is emphatically against all religious conventionalism." - D.T. Suzuki

"When you are free of form and not confused, you are focused. To be free of form externally is 'Zen.' Not to be confused internally is 'meditation.' External Zen and internal meditation, this is what we mean by 'Zen meditation." - Bill Porter

"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

"Meryl Streep is expert at only using the requisite amount of energy to express her character, not an ounce too little or too much. She's Zen and doesn't know she's Zen. That's very Zen!" - Frederick Lenz

"Bodhidharma who brought Zen from India to the Orient, taught a very pure Zen - in that it was pure Zen. He wanted to show that the way still existed and wanted to get back to its essence." - Frederick Lenz

"Now when I speak about Zen, I have a problem, in the sense that the Zen of today has lost the essence, in my estimation, of what I call "old Zen."" - Frederick Lenz

"Different schools of Zen have evolved, principally the Rinzai and Soto orders. A whole hierarchy has developed for the teaching and practice of Zen. Zen has become, to a certain degree, institutionalized." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"What is Tantric Zen? Well, I don't think I can give you a straight answer, since I don't happen to be a very straight Zen master." - Frederick Lenz

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

"A Zen master is someone whose life is one with enlightenment and self-discovery. They can never be separated from that. They've been essentially mastered by Zen." - Frederick Lenz

"The Zen master can see precisely what it will take to cause your awareness to become free. But the Zen master can't do it for you." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"I'm a poet who practices Zen. And it's not, I'm somebody who practices Zen who writes poetry. There's no separation for me." - Sam Hamill

"What attracted me to Zen was my first teacher, Tim McCarthy. He was extremely genuine. It wasn't even really a Zen thing, that sort of came along later." - Brad Warner

"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

"Zen doesn't believe in the reconciliation of opposites because from the point of view of Zen, there is no point of view." - Frederick Lenz

"The theory of Zen is non-competition. But that is not really true at all. People who practice Zen are very competitive. They are competing against emptiness." - Frederick Lenz

"What interests me is to paint the kind of antisensitivity that impregnates modern civilization. I think art since Cezanne has become extremely romantic and unrealistic, feeding on art. It is Utopian. It has less and less to do with the world. It looks inward - neo-Zen and all that. Pop Art looks out into the world. It doesn't look like a painting of something, it looks like the thing itself." - Roy Lichtenstein

"Zen, like life, defies exact definition, but its essence is the experience, moment by moment, of our own existence - a natural, spontaneous encounter, unclouded by the suppositions and expectations that come between us and reality. It is, if you like, a paring down of life until we see it as it really is, free from our illusions; it is merely a divestment of ourselves until we recognize our own true nature." - David Fontana

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine." - Shunryu 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 values the simple, concrete, living facts of everyday direct personal experience." - James H. Austin

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

"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

"What is perfect? From the Zen mind, perfection is not being there." - Frederick Lenz

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

"Zen is...joyous iconoclasm which respects nothing and no one, particularly itself." - Dave Brandon

"In Tantric Zen there is no rule. There is only your immediate experience." - Frederick Lenz

"Tantric Zen is the exploration of everything, since everything is a part of enlightenment." - Frederick Lenz

"Tantric Zen, and the people who practice it, of course, make some people feel extremely uncomfortable." - Frederick Lenz

"The only zen thoughts you can find on a mountain summit are those you brought yourself." - Robert M Pirsig

"The real Zen of the old Chinese masters was wu-shih, or "no fuss."" - Alan Watts

"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

"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

"A zen couch potato is a person who contemplates the nature of televised existence." - Richard Helms

"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

"Zen insight is not our awareness, but Being's awareness of itself in us." - Thomas Merton

"I learned that you can stand up for yourself and still maintain your zen!" - Doreen Virtue

"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

"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



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