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

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

"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

"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

"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

"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 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

"In the advanced practice, the relationship between the Zen master and the student becomes very terse. The Zen master will expect things of the student because the student is in graduate school." - Frederick Lenz

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

"I'm a Zen Master. I'm an occult teacher. I teach people how to become that, how to be perfect." - Frederick Lenz

"Naturally, the Zen Master Rama philosophy is to have a high state of awareness and material success." - Frederick Lenz

"In Old Zen, the Zen Master would do literally anything to break down the concept of what the study was. He would present conflicting codes all the time, just to shake this fixation people had on how to attain liberation." - 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

"In the old days, Zen was not really practiced so much in a monastery. The Zen Master usually lived up on a top of the mountain or the hill or in the forest or sometimes in the village." - Frederick Lenz

"First master the fundamentals." - Larry Bird

"Repetition creates the master." - Cesar Millan

"Magna carta. Master charga." - Michael Keaton

"Master your circle!" - Faisal Khokhar

"A Zen master, when asked where he would go after he died, replied, 'To Hell, for that's where help is needed most.'" - Philip Kapleau

"At Patagonia, making a profit is not the goal because the Zen master would say profits happen 'when you do everything else right'." - Yvon Chouinard

"I've been in these tabloids for 14 years now, and at some point you just become a Zen master of it all" - Brad Pitt

"The Zen master walks in his garden, alone. There is no traffic there. There is no shopping there. There are only the flowers." - Frederick Lenz

"You're not listening to the Zen master, what he is saying outwardly, but even more importantly...what he is saying inwardly." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"You may wonder which came first: the skill or the hard work. But that's a moot point. The Zen master cleans his own studio. So should you." - Twyla Tharp

"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

"If the Zen master sees that it will cause a person to progress, he will ask that person to do a task. The task is charged with power if it's performed properly. It's a koan between yourself and the Zen Master." - Frederick Lenz

"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

"As the master so the valet. (Like master, like man.)" - Chevalier Pierre du Terrail Bayard

"The master sometimes serves, and the servant sometimes is master." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"To master the piano is to master the universe." - Russell Sherman

"Master books, but do not let them master you." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

"Choose only one master - Nature." - Rembrandt

"Practice is the best master." - Proverbs

"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

"To follow the path look to the master follow the master walk with the master see through the master become the master." - Sengcan

"Until today, it really pissed me off that I'd become this totally centered Zen Master and nobody had noticed. Still, I'm doing the little FAX thing. I write little HAIKU things and FAX them around to everyone. When I pass people in the hall at work, I get totally ZEN right in everyone's hostile little FACE." - Chuck Palahniuk

"Inspiration comes from everything from the entire world, and its hard to pinpoint one thing. I can trace one inspiration to the writing of 13th-century Zen master Dogen Zenji, who writes beautifully about time." - Ruth Ozeki

"Zen Master Dogen has pointed out that anxiety, when accepted, is the driving force to enlightenment in that it lays bare the human dilemma at the same time that it ignites our desire to break out of it." - Philip Kapleau

"We must recognize our own behavioral errors. To be blunt, you are not likely to become a cognitive Zen master anytime soon. But a little enlightenment could keep you from making some common investing errors." - Barry Ritholtz

"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

"Inspiration comes from everything from the entire world, and it's hard to pinpoint one thing. I can trace one inspiration to the writing of 13th-century Zen master Dogen Zenji, who writes beautifully about time." - Ruth Ozeki

"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 master proves himselin recognizing his limitations." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Be first the master of yourself" - Baltasar Gracian

"Servants honor their master by their service." - Franz Grillparzer

"I want to master life and death." - Ted Bundy

"The person seeing perfection is the Master." - Baird T. Spalding

"Quality rather than quantity distinguishes the master." - Sax Rohmer

"For a great master, everyone is a master, because he learns from everyone! For a great master, everything is a master, because he learns from everything!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"You can pretend anything and master it." - Milton H. Erickson

"That which one fears becomes one's master." - L Ron Hubbard

"Death is a master from Germany." - Paul Celan

"Everyone is a master and servant." - George Herbert

"Be your money's master, not its slave." - Publilius Syrus

"Turkey's true master is the peasant." - Mustafa Kemal Ataturk

"Gold will be slave or master." - Horace

"Master Precision. Be a precision instrument myself." - Robert Bresson

"How dangerous a master human emotion is!" - Watchman Nee

"Amanda Ashley is a master storyteller." - Christine Feehan

"Practice, the master of all things." - Augustus Octavius

"The master of them that know." - Dante Alighieri

"Where might is master, justice is servant." - Proverbs

"Fire is never a gentle master" - Proverbs

"Master water first and then paint." - Joshua L. Goldberg

"Now I am master of Shanghai." - Iwane Matsui

"As the master so the valet." - Philip James Bailey

"Self-suggestion makes you master of yourself." - W Clement Stone

"Vince Vaughn is a master improviser." - Alan Tudyk

"Lucifer is a master at gradual deception." - Joseph B Wirthlin

"Master your instrument. Master the music. And then forget all that bullshit and just play." - Charlie Parker

"The apprentice and the master love the master in different ways." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"The Nazis believed in a master race. The militant Islamists believe in a master faith." - Benjamin Netanyahu

"The master of any craft is first a master of self, cooperating with innate intelligence within." - Bryant H Mcgill

"Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"One should become the master of one's mind rather than let one's mind master him." - Nichiren

"There is no Master but the Master," he said, "and QT-1 is his prophet." - Isaac Asimov

"The mansion should not be graced by its master, the master should grace the mansion." - Cicero

"In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master." - Cicero

"He is sometimes slave who should be master; and sometimes master who should be slave." - Cicero

"Master, master, old news! And such news as you never heard of!" - William Shakespeare

"Master the web and you will master your universe - and your (on-line) bank account." - Jeffrey Gitomer

"In the master there is a servant, in the servant a master." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"The house should derive dignity from the master, not the master from the house." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"You are your master. Only you have the master keys to open the inner locks." - Amit Ray

"The house should derive dignity from the master, not the master from the house." - Cicero

"Children must master the language of things before they master the language of words." - Friedrich Frobel

"Master a passion, and the passion dies out...so keep learning even after becoming a master!" - Siddharth Katragadda

"A Man who is Master of Patience, is Master of everything else." - George Savile

"Man is the master of the unspoken word, which spoken, is master of him." - Mark Twain

"He is sometimes slave who should be master; and sometimes master who should be slave." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"A man who is a master of patience is master of everything else." - George Savile

"Master books, but do not let them master you. Read to live, not live to read." - Edward G Bulwerlytton

"Nature is the master of talents; genius is the master of nature." - Josiah Gilbert Holland

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

"We cannot be equal with the master until we own what the master owns. We cannot be equal with the master until we have the education the master has. Then, we can say, Master, recognize us as your equal." - Elijah Muhammad

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

"I'm not a master. I'm a student-master, meaning that I have the knowledge of a master and the expertise of a master, but I'm still learning. So I'm a student-master. I don't believe in the word 'master.' I consider the master as such when they close the casket." - Bruce Lee

"The question isn't whether you have a good master or a bad master. It's to be your own master. That is the dignity of humanity." - Alan Keyes

"Master, Master Poet, Master of our silent desires, The heart of the world quivers with the throbbing of your heart, But it burns not with your song." - Khalil

"There has to be absolute trust between the tiger and its master, but its master must be the master - there must be no mistake about that." - Ridley Scott

"One Zen master said, The whole universe is my true personality. This is a very wonderful saying... If you want to see what you truly are, open the window, and everything you see is in fact the expression of your inner reality. Can you embrace all of it?" - Adyashanti

"I didn't want a guru or a kung fu master or a spiritual director. I didn't want to become a sorcerer or learn the zen of archery or meditate or align my chakras or uncover mast incarnations...I was after something else entirely, but it wasn't in the Yellow Pages or anywhere else that I could discover." - Daniel Quinn

"Deluded beings think that if they get in a battle with a Zen Master or with a Don Juan, that it's going enhance their life if they win. You can never take power from someone else any more than you can take sunlight." - Frederick Lenz

"There was a famous Zen master whom people would seek out to become enlightened. He was strict and would occupy people with things having nothing to do with seeking enlightenment. You see, that is the only way to achieve enlightenment; by not focusing on achieving it. Then, one day it will just come to you." - Masaaki Hatsumi

"I was talking to a Zen master the other day and he said, "You shall be my disciple."I looked at him and said, "Who was Buddha's teacher?" He looked at me in a very odd way for a moment and then he burst into laughter and handed me a piece of clover." - Alan Watts

"In deep self-acceptance grows a compassionate understanding. As one Zen master said when I asked if he ever gets angry, 'Of course I get angry, but then a few minutes later I say to myself, 'What's the use of this,' and I let it go.'" - Jack Kornfield

"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

"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

"Others have falsely claimed to be the inspiration for Tom Booker in The Horse Whisperer. The one who truly inspired me was Buck Brannaman. His skill, understanding and his gentle, loving heart have parted the clouds for countless troubled creatures. Buck is the Zen master of the horse world." - Nicholas Evans

"The famous Zen parable about the master for whom, before his studies, mountains were only mountains, but during his studies mountains were no longer mountains, and afterward mountains were again mountains could be interpreted as an alleory about [the perpetual paradox that when one is closest to a destination one is also the farthest)." - Rebecca Solnit

"Happiness only comes when you let go of who you think you are. If you think you're wealthy and powerful and noble and truthful or horrible and demonic, whatever it may be, it's all a waste of time. Take it from the Zen Master. He knows." - Frederick Lenz

"A Zen master used to say, It is clear and so it is hard to see. A dunce once searched for a fire with a lighted lantern. Had he known what fire was, he could have cooked his rice much sooner." - Rajneesh

"No master can make me swear blind obedience." - Horace

"Chess will always be the master of us all." - Alexander Alekhine

"Money. It's a good servant but a bad master." - Gretchen Rubin

"To master fear is the most important battle to win." - B.K.S. Iyengar

"For man is man and master of his fate." - Alfred the Great

"A young mistress is better than an old master." - H G Wells

"Dark master of sin, now my soul is yours." - John Petrucci

"Man is man, and master of his fate." - Alfred Lord Tennyson

"What your mind cannot master it will eventually resent." - Mike Murdock

"Money is a good servant, but a poor master." - Dominique Bouhours

"Marry above thy match and you will get a master." - Benjamin Franklin

"We should master fear, instead of cultivating it." - Mary Baker Eddy

"Nature alone is the master of true genius." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"Master technique, so that technique NEVER prevents you from dancing." - Isadora Duncan

"Necessity, that excellent master, hath taught me many things." - Pliny the Younger

"You have to be a master to teach." - Shia Labeouf

"Money is not everything. There's Master card & Visa." - Stephen Hawking

"Money is the excellent slave and a horrible master." - P T Barnum

"I'm not a master of films. I'm rather a slave." - Ang Lee

"Altruism is a hard master, but so is opportunism." - Mignon Mclaughlin

"Money is a great slave but a horrible master." - Daymond John

"Let every man be master of his time." - William Shakespeare

"You are the Master of your own Destiny" - Sivananda

"Master technique and then forget about it and be natural." - Anna Pavlova

"Good sense is the master of human life." - Anonymous

"Know yourself, master yourself, conquest of self is most gratifying." - Anonymous

"In every Art it is good to have a master." - George Herbert

"Care, admitted as guest, quickly turns to be master." - Christian Nestell Bovee

"Better to master one mountain than a thousand foothills." - William Arthur Ward

"You're a master on blues piano. The real deal." - Jeffrey Wright

"It is never too late to master your weaknesses." - Jane Fonda

"Every master knows that the material teaches the artist." - Ilya Ehrenburg

"The human tongue is a beast that few can master." - Robert Greene

"Kenny Burrell is the grand master of jazz guitar." - Dizzy Gillespie

"He who despises life is his life's master." - Pierre Corneille

"Let thy hope of heaven master thy fear of death." - William Gurnall



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