Quotes About Zen
Many of the problems we face today are our own creation. Creating a more peaceful world requires a peaceful mind and a peaceful heart. As human brothers and sisters we must live together in tolerance and affection.
The creation of a more peaceful and happier society has to begin from the level of the individual, and from there it can expand to one's family, to one's neighborhood, to one's community and so on.
World peace must develop from inner peace. Peace is not just mere absence of violence. Peace is, I think, the manifestation of human compassion.
When you care for others, you manifest an inner strength despite any difficulties you face. Your own problems will seem less significant and bothersome to you. Reaching beyond your own problems and taking care of others, you gain confidence, courage and a greater sense of calm.
Inner peace is the key: if you have inner peace, the external problems do not affect your deep sense of peace and tranquility... without this inner peace, no matter how comfortable your life is materially, you may still be worried, disturbed, or unhappy because of circumstances.
Peace does not mean an absence of conflicts; differences will always be there. Peace means solving these differences through peaceful means; through dialogue, education, knowledge; and through humane ways.
Leaving aside the perspective of spiritual practice, even in worldly terms, in terms of our enjoying a happy day-to-day existence, the calmer our minds are, the greater our peace of mind will be and the greater will be our ability to enjoy a happy and joyful life.
Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn't think that human inner values don't apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.
Inner transformation is not a matter of faith or prayer. It involves reason and the use of human intelligence. A calm and healthy mind has a very positive effect on our physical health and well-being.
Scientists have shown that where constant anger and hatred undermine our immune systems, compassion strengthens our general well-being. To live more peacefully and joyfully in our day to day lives, we need a warm heart.
The various features and aspects of human life, such as longevity, good health, success, happiness, and so forth, which we consider desirable, are all dependent on kindness and a good heart.
Better grounded emotionally through patience, we become stronger mentally and spiritually, and tend to be healthier physically.
Through violence, you may 'solve' one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.
Anger is the ultimate destroyer of your own peace of mind.
If you have a sincere and open heart, you naturally feel self- worth and confidence, and there is no need to be fearful of others.
Too much self-centered attitude brings isolation. Result: loneliness, fear, anger. The extreme self-centered attitude is the source of suffering.
When we are caught up in a destructive emotion, we lose one of our greatest assets: our independence.
Violence derives from anger and anger clouds our ability to think straight and properly assess what is happening.
The best way to resolve any problem in the human world is for all sides to sit down and talk.
Young children don't care about nationality, faith or caste. Because these ideas prompt us to think in terms of 'us' and 'them', they are divisive.
I am a man of religion, but religion alone cannot answer all our problems.
Anger cannot be overcome by anger. If someone is angry with you, and you show anger in return, the result is a disaster. On the other hand, if you control your anger and show its opposite - love, compassion, tolerance and patience - not only will you remain peaceful, but the other person's anger will also diminish.
Generally speaking, if a human being never shows anger, then I think something's wrong. He's not right in the brain.
Negative thoughts and emotions undermine the very causes of peace and happiness. In fact, when we think properly, it is totally illogical to seek happiness if we do nothing to restrain angry, spiteful, and malicious thoughts and emotions.
Just as we employ physical hygiene to protect our health, we need emotional hygiene, the means to tackle our destructive emotions, if we are to achieve peace of mind.
Anger and aggression sometimes seem to be protective because they bring energy to bear on a particular situation, but what needs to be acknowledged is that that energy is blind. It takes a calm mind to be able to consider things from different angles and points of view.
Problems will always arise, but we need to address them differently. We need to engage in dialogue to resolve them rather than resorting to the use of force.
We are intelligent, we have seed of compassion from birth. Using reason and intelligence we can enhance our sense of compassion and come to understand how its opposite, anger, is harmful.
As human beings we need to assess whether anger has any value - it destroys our peace of mind. Compassion, on the other hand, brings optimism and hope.
In a world where people easily fall under the sway of anger and hatred, we need love, tolerance and contentment. You may have all the physical amenities you need to be comfortable, but it you have no peace of mind, they won't make you happy. On the other hand, if you have peace of mind, you'll be happy whether you have those amenities or not.
Letting yourself be overtaken by negative emotions leads to suffering. Therefore, it's important to recognize the shortcomings of an unruly, undisciplined mind. If you train your mind, you'll suffer less.
We need to discover not only what disturbs our minds, but also what the antidotes to those factors are.
Anger destroys our peace of mind; loving-kindness earns us friends and eliminates the risk of being alone.
When reason ends, then anger begins. Therefore, anger is a sign of weakness.
Human beings are social animals and that it is love that brings us together, while anger drives us apart.
Through difficult experiences, life sometimes becomes more meaningful.
The more time you spend thinking about yourself, the more suffering you will experience.
All suffering is caused by ignorance. People inflict pain on others in the selfish pursuit of their own happiness or satisfaction.
In our concern for others, we worry less about ourselves. When we worry less about ourselves an experience of our own suffering is less intense.
We human beings are all the same in wanting to be happy and not wanting to suffer and yet many of the problems we face are of our own making.
When someone who has lived a kind life dies, people miss them and say so. But when an angry, greedy, ruthless person dies, there's a sense of relief. So, I try to practise warmheartedness wherever I go.
When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways - either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.
One begins by identifying those factors which lead to happiness and those factors which lead to suffering. Having done this, one then sets about gradually eliminating those factors which lead to suffering and cultivating those which lead to happiness. That is the way.
It is important not to allow ourselves to be put off by the magnitude of others' suffering. The misery of millions is not a cause for pity. Rather it is a cause for compassion.
Although you may not always be able to avoid difficult situations, you can modify the extent to which you can suffer by how you choose to respond to the situation.
Physical comforts cannot subdue mental suffering, and if we look closely, we can see that those who have many possessions are not necessarily happy. In fact, being wealthy often brings even more anxiety.
Virtually all of us have benefited from our mother's affection at the start of our lives. When someone is on their deathbed, if he or she is surrounded by loved ones they can pass away peacefully. From birth to death we all need affection.
Every single being, even those who are hostile to us, is just as afraid of suffering as we are, and seeks happiness in the same way we do. Every person has the same right as we do to be happy and not to suffer. So let's take care of others wholeheartedly, of both our friends and our enemies. This is the basis for true compassion.
If a person's basic state of mind is serene and calm, then it is possible for this inner peace to overwhelm a painful physical experience. On the other hand, if someone is suffering from depression, anxiety, or any form of emotional distress, then even if he or she happens to be enjoying physical comforts, he will not really be able to experience the happiness that these could bring.
A truly compassionate attitude toward others does not change even if they behave negatively or hurt you.
We earn other people's trust when we show a genuine concern for their well-being.
A good friend who points out mistakes and imperfections and rebukes evil is to be respected as if he reveals the secret of some hidden treasure.
It's good to remember that other human beings are like us. We are born the same way; we die the same way. While we're alive it's better to be able to trust each other as friends.
Whether you believe in God or not does not matter so much, whether you believe in Buddha or not does not matter so much. You must lead a good life.
Irrespective of whether we are believers or agnostics, whether we believe in God or karma, moral ethics is a code which everyone is able to pursue.
The whole purpose of religion is to facilitate love and compassion, patience, tolerance, humility, and forgiveness.
When we develop patience, we find that we develop a reserve of calm and tranquility. We tend to be less antagonistic and more pleasant to associate with. This creates a positive atmosphere around us and it is easy for others to relate to us.
We need friends and friendship is based on trust. To earn trust, money and power aren't enough; you have to show some concern for others. You can't buy trust in the supermarket.
Be honest, truthful, and altruistic. If you concern yourself with taking care of others, there'll be no room for lies, bullying and cheating. If you're truthful you can live transparently, which will enable you to establish trust, the basis for making friends.
If we are sincere in taking care of others, if we protect their lives and respect their rights, we'll be able to conduct our lives transparently and that is the basis of trust, which in turn is the basis of friendship.
I accept everyone as a friend. In truth, we already know one another, profoundly, as human beings who share the same basic goals: We all seek happiness and do not want suffering.
Friendship depends on trust, not money, not power, not mere education or knowledge. Only if there is trust will there be friendship.
If the child is not held, hugged, cuddled, or loved, its development will be impaired and its brain will not mature properly.
Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
One problem with our current society is that we have an attitude towards education as if it is there to simply make you more clever, make you more ingenious... Even though our society does not emphasize this, the most important use of knowledge and education is to help us understand the importance of engaging in more wholesome actions and bringing about discipline within our minds. The proper utilization of our intelligence and knowledge is to effect changes from within to develop a good heart.
Open-minded people tend to be interested in Buddhism because Buddha urged people to investigate things - he didn't just command them to believe.
My main hope is eventually, in modern education field, introduce education about warmheartedness, not based on religion, but based on common experience and a common sort of sense, and then scientific finding.
When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.
Modern education is premised strongly on materialistic values. It is vital that when educating our children's brains that we do not neglect to educate their hearts, a key element of which has to be the nurturing of our compassionate nature.
It's only after they have spent time in the modern education system that children begin to develop a sense of 'us' and 'them' ” a stifling of their basic human nature. We need to learn how to keep our natural compassion alive and how to extend and develop it so it can encompass the whole of humanity. Modern life and modern education are focused on external goals ” peace of mind concerns the mind within.
Ultimately we have to change attitudes, not by law but by education.
If you have a particular faith or religion, that is good. But you can survive without it.
Irrespective of whether we have faith in religion or not, it's good to be more compassionate. It makes us happier as individuals with a positive influence on our families and the neighborhood where we live.
Love, kindness, compassion and tolerance are qualities common to all the great religions, and whether or not we follow any particular religious tradition, the benefits of love and kindness are obvious to anyone.
The basis of moral principles is to have a real concern for the well-being of others and an appreciation of the oneness of humanity. Whether science or religion is constructive or destructive depends on our motivation and whether we are guided by moral principles.
We do not necessarily need to become religious, nor even believe in an ideology. We need only to develop our good human qualities and know that love and compassion are the most essential concepts for human survival.
It is our collective and individual responsibility to preserve and tend to the environment in which we all live.
Climate change, because it affects us all, means we have to take a more global view. We can't neglect it. We are interdependent.
Life is as dear to a mute creature as it is to man. Just as one wants happiness and fears pain, just as one wants to live and not die, so do other creatures.
We need to be determined to achieve positive change, but also need to be able to take a long view of what needs to be done.
As people alive today, we must consider future generations: a clean environment is a human right like any other. It is therefore part of our responsibility toward others to ensure that the world we pass on is as healthy, if not healthier, than we found it.
To be kind, honest and have positive thoughts; to forgive those who harm us and treat everyone as a friend; to help those who are suffering and never to consider ourselves superior to anyone else: even if this advice seems rather simplistic, make the effort of seeing whether by following it you can find greater happiness.
Don't ever mistake my silence for ignorance, my calmness for acceptance or my kindness for weakness. Compassion and tolerance are not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength.
On what surprised him most about humanity: Man. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.
There are two kinds of compassion. The first comes from a natural concern for friends and family who are close to us. This has limited range but can be the seed for something bigger. We can also learn to extend a genuine concern for others' well-being, whoever they are. That is real compassion, and only human beings are capable of developing it.
Given the scale of life in the cosmos, one human life is no more than a tiny blip. Each one of us is a just visitor to this planet, a guest, who will only stay for a limited time. What greater folly could there be than to spend this short time alone, unhappy or in conflict with our companions? Far better, surely, to use our short time here in living a meaningful life, enriched by our sense of connection with others and being of service to them.
Sometimes one creates a dynamic impression by saying something, and sometimes one creates as significant an impression by remaining silent.
It is under the greatest adversity that there exists the greatest potential for doing good, both for oneself and others.
Hard times build determination and inner strength. Through them we can also come to appreciate the uselessness of anger. Instead of getting angry nurture a deep caring and respect for troublemakers because by creating such trying circumstances they provide us with invaluable opportunities to practice tolerance and patience.
In order to become prosperous, a person must initially work very hard, so he or she has to sacrifice a lot of leisure time.
The quality of what we do depends on our motivation, which is why we have to learn how to cultivate a compassionate mind.
Be compassionate, not just to your friends but to everyone.
Optimism doesn't mean that you are blind to the reality of the situation. It means that you remain motivated to seek a solution to whatever problems arise.
As long as we observe love for others and respect for their rights and dignity in our daily lives, then whether we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in the Buddha or God, follow some religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.
We all have the power of thought - so what are you lacking? If you have willpower, then you can change anything.
Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
Anger or hatred is like a fisherman's hook. It is very important for us to ensure that we are not caught by it.
Most people prefer a smile to a frown. It's human nature. Even dogs respond with wagging tails to a smile and other shows of affection.
In this century we have made remarkable material progress, but basically we are the same as we were thousands of years ago. Our spiritual needs are still very great.
The challenge today is to convince people of the value of truth, honesty, compassion and a concern for others.
Responsibility does not only lie with the leaders of our countries or with those who have been appointed or elected to do a particular job. It lies with each of us individually.
I will not propose to you that my way is best. The decision is up to you. If you find some point which may be suitable to you, then you can carry out experiments for yourself. If you find that it is of no use, then you can discard it.
Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children don't usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.
In our struggle for freedom, truth is the only weapon we possess.
Time passes unhindered. When we make mistakes, we cannot turn the clock back and try again. All we can do is use the present well.
Appearance is something absolute, but reality is not that way - everything is interdependent, not absolute. So that view is very helpful to maintain a peace of mind because the main destroyer of a peaceful mind is anger.
Because motivation pervades all action, it is important that we have a positive motivation. Whatever we are involved in, whether it's politics, education, medicine, law, engineering, science, business or industry, the nature of our motivation determines the character of our work.
We are the controller of the technology. If we become a slave of technology, then that's not good.
Ethics are not a collection of commandments and prohibitions to abide by, but a natural inner offering that can bring happiness and satisfaction to ourselves and others.
I don't dwell on being the Dalai Lama, I think of myself as just another human being. And when I meet someone else I greet them as a brother or sister, which brings me joy. Self-centredness, being obsessed with ourselves, just brings us trouble.
When you don't have much concern for others and you feel you're the center of the universe, you'll be dogged by feelings of suspicion left and right.
We are deluded by attachment and anger, but we can learn to tackle these emotions.
Develop the heart. Too much energy in your country is spent developing the mind instead of the heart.
Thinking of ourselves as somehow special isolates us.
Someone else's action should not determine your response.
Know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.
Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.
To be aware of a single shortcoming in oneself is more useful than to be aware of a thousand in someone else.
Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.
Instead of wondering WHY this is happening to you, consider why this is happening to YOU.
Foolish, selfish people are always thinking of themselves and the result is always negative. Wise persons think of others, helping them as much as they can, and the result is happiness.
There are only two days in the year that nothing can be done. One is called Yesterday and the other is called Tomorrow. Today is the right day to love, believe, do and mostly live.
If you can cultivate the right attitude, your enemies are your best spiritual teachers because their presence provides you with the opportunity to enhance and develop tolerance, patience and understanding.
A spoon cannot taste of the food it carries. Likewise, a foolish man cannot understand the wise man's wisdom even if he associates with a sage.
When our intentions toward others are good, we find that any feelings of anxiety or insecurity we may have are greatly reduced. We experience a liberation from our habitual preoccupation with self and paradoxically, this gives rise to strong feelings of confidence.
Just as we can learn how helpful love and compassion can be, we can come to understand that anger, pride, jealousy and arrogance can be detrimental.
Instead of trying to resolve our differences by force, we must talk and enter into dialogue. This is not a sign of weakness, but of wisdom ” a realistic approach.
Whether our action is wholesome or unwholesome depends on whether that action or deed arises from a disciplined or undisciplined state of mind. It is felt that a disciplined mind leads to happiness and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering, and in fact it is said that bringing about discipline within one's mind is the essence of the Buddha's teaching.
Part 1. If we think only of ourselves, forget about other people, then our minds occupy very small area. Inside that small area, even tiny problem appears very big.
Part 2. The moment you develop a sense of concern for others, you realize that, just like ourselves, they also want happiness; they also want satisfaction.
Part 3. When you have this sense of concern, your mind automatically widens. At this point, your own problems, even big problems, will not be so significant. The result? Big increase in peace of mind.
Part 4. So, if you think only of yourself, only your own happiness, the result is actually less happiness. You get more anxiety, more fear.
Be ready to change your goals, but never your values.
It is the enemy who can truly teach us to practice the virtues of compassion and tolerance.
If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.
Compassion is of little value if it just remains an idea. It must motivate how we respond to others and be reflected in all our thoughts and actions.
Compassion is something really worthwhile. It is not just a religious or spiritual subject, not a matter of ideology. It is not a luxury, it is a necessity.
I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I'm not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling , but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks.
True compassion isn't just an emotional response but a firm commitment founded on reason. Therefore, our compassion for others doesn't change even if they behave negatively. Our sense of responsibility for others gives rise to a wish to help them actively overcome their problems.
Generosity is the most natural outward expression of an inner attitude of compassion and loving-kindness.
You must not hate those who do wrong or harmful things; but with compassion, you must do what you can to stop them ” for they are harming themselves, as well as those who suffer from their actions.
When we are motivated by compassion and wisdom, the results of our actions benefit everyone, not just our individual selves or some immediate convenience. When we are able to recognize and forgive ignorant actions of the past, we gain strength to constructively solve the problems of the present.
There are ways in which we can consciously work to develop feelings of love and kindness. For some of us, the most effective way to do so is through religious practice. For others it may be non-religious practices. What is important is that we each make a sincere effort to take our responsibility for each other and for the natural environment we live in seriously.
The kind of behavior that really is spiritual practice consists of refraining from falsehood and abiding by the truth, neither humiliating nor mocking others, being humble, and having a good heart and helping others.
When we talk about compassion it has to include having compassion for yourself. It's not just a matter of self-sacrifice. I have observed a foolish sense of selfishness and a wise sense of selfishness. Since we are social animals, who depend on one another, to show love and compassion to others is wise.
If at the beginning and end of our lives we depend upon the kindness of others, why in the middle of our lives should we not act kindly toward them? It is the pragmatic choice.
More compassionate mind, more sense of concern for other's well-being, is source of happiness.
Compassion naturally creates a positive atmosphere, and as a result you feel peaceful and content.
Compassion is by nature gentle, peaceful, and soft, but it is very powerful.
No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved.
A heart full of love and compassion is the main source of inner strength, willpower, happiness, and mental tranquility.
The need for love lies at the very foundation of human existence.
The way to change others' minds is with affection, and not anger.
A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
What is the meaning of life? To be happy and useful.
Let us try to recognize the precious nature of each day.
Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life.
If love is defined as a wish that others be happy and compassion as the wish that they be free from suffering, and you cultivate love and compassion within yourself, it will ensure happiness, good health and peace of mind.
If you don't love yourself, you cannot love others. You will not be able to love others. If you have no compassion for yourself then you are not able of developing compassion for others.
When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
When you think everything is someone else's fault, you will suffer a lot. When you realize that everything springs only from yourself, you will learn both peace and joy.
Consider carefully, what prevents you from living the way you want to live your life?
In most cases, my visits to the West are for promotion of human values and religious harmony.
The important thing is that men should have a purpose in life. It should be something useful, something good.
If someone does not smile at you, be generous and offer your own smile. Nobody needs a smile more than the one that cannot smile to others.
For many people, the only tangible value is money. And of course money has its place, but the value of cultivating a compassionate attitude is much more effective. When we only pay attention to material values, there's little room for concern for others, or for mutual regard.
A person's underlying outlook and motivation can certainly affect how he or she responds to life's adversities and dangers. An attitude of kindness and compassion brings a sense of self-confidence, an inner strength that reduces fear. In fact, an individual's response to danger and ability to deal with fear can often depend more on their outlook and personal characteristics than on the nature of the situation itself.
You may go to bed at night confronted by many problems in your life, but it's hope that motivates you to get out of bed and carry on with your life next morning.
Let us reflect what is truly of value in life, what gives meaning to our lives, and set our priorities on the basis of that.
A genuine, affectionate smile is very important in our day-to-day lives.
Forget the failures. Keep the lessons.
I believe that happiness can be achieved through training the mind.
Happiness doesn't always come from a pursuit. Sometimes it comes when we least expect it.
Happiness means mainly a sense of deep satisfaction. The object of life or our goal, then, is satisfaction.
When our community is in a state of peace, it can share that peace with neighboring communities, and so on.
Calm mind brings inner strength and self-confidence, so that's very important for good health.
Anger itself makes us feel bad and so, ultimately, it is bad for our health.
When we feel love and kindness toward others, it not only makes others feel loved and cared for, but it helps us also to develop inner happiness and peace.
In order to lead a meaningful life, you need to cherish others, pay attention to human values and try to cultivate inner peace.
If I am only happy for myself, many fewer chances for happiness.
Instead of looking to blame others and the world around us, we should first look within ourselves.
It is very rare or almost impossible that an event can be negative from all points of view.
The goal is not to be better than the other man, but your previous self.
True change is within; leave the outside as it is.
No matter how educated or wealthy you are, if you don't have peace of mind, you won't be happy.
Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.
Anger and hatred are signs of weakness, while compassion is a sure sign of strength.
The more you are motivated by love, the more fearless and free your action will be.
Our visit to this planet is short, so we should use our time meaningfully, which we can do by helping others wherever possible.
Love and compassion are the true religions to me. But to develop this, we do not need to believe in any religion.
The planet does not need more successful people. The planet desperately needs more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of all kinds.
This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
As you breathe in, cherish yourself. As you breathe out, cherish all beings.
A disciplined mind leads to happiness, and an undisciplined mind leads to suffering.
The ultimate source of happiness is not money and power, but warmheartedness.
Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.
I have found that the greatest degree of inner tranquility comes from the development of love and compassion. The more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It is the ultimate source of success in life.
To remain indifferent to the challenges we face is indefensible. If the goal is noble, whether or not it is realized within our lifetime is largely irrelevant. What we must do therefore is to strive and persevere and never give up.
For our life to be of value, I think we must develop basic good human qualities ” warmth, kindness, compassion. Then our life becomes meaningful and more peaceful ” happier.
I try to treat whoever I meet as an old friend. This gives me a genuine feeling of happiness.
I have always had this view about the modern education system: we pay attention to brain development, but the development of warmheartedness we take for granted.
Even more important than the warmth and affection we receive, is the warmth and affection we give.
If we are to create a more peaceful world, made up of peaceful individuals, we need a greater concern for others ” altruism. That gives inner strength, self-confidence.
The remedy is to look deeper and recognize that we human beings are physically, mentally and emotionally the same.
As individuals we can influence our own families. Our families can influence our communities and our communities can influence our nations.
It is not enough to be compassionate, we must act.
An eye for an eye... we are all blind.
If a problem can be solved it will be. If it can not be solved there is no use worrying about it.
We all have to live together, so we might as well live together happily.
I believe the ultimate source of blessings is within us.
Spend some time alone every day.
Compassion is the radicalism of our time.
An open heart is an open mind.
I am just one human being.
I want to be just a pure spiritual leader.
Optimism leads to success; pessimism leads to defeat.
You have to start giving first and expect absolutely nothing.
Work for peace in your heart and in the world.
Action is more important than meditation.
If your heart has peace, nothing can disturb you.
Home is where you feel at home and are treated well.
Never give up. No matter what is going on. Never give up.
I believe that to meet the challenges of our times, human beings will have to develop a greater sense of universal responsibility. Each of us must learn to work not just for oneself, one's own family or nation, but for the benefit of all humankind. Universal responsibility is the key to human survival. It is the best foundation for world peace.
Human beings by nature want happiness and do not want suffering. With that feeling everyone tries to achieve happiness and tries to get rid of suffering, and everyone has the basic right to do this. In this way, all here are the same, whether rich or poor, educated or uneducated, Easterner or Westerner, believer or non-believer, and within believers whether Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and so on. Basically, from the viewpoint of real human value we are all the same.
The creatures that inhabit this earth - be they human beings or animals - are here to contribute, each in its own particular way, to the beauty and prosperity of the world.
Because of lack of moral principle, human life becomes worthless. Moral principle, truthfulness, is a key factor. If we lose that, then there is no future.
I think technology really increased human ability. But technology cannot produce compassion.
I always believe the rule by king or official leader is outdated. Now we must catch up with the modern world.
When the heart is closed it leads to fear, stress and anger. Nurturing the idea of the oneness of humanity has the effect of opening the heart.
We must recognize that the suffering of one person or one nation is the suffering of humanity.
Individual happiness can contribute in a profound and effective way to the overall improvement of our entire human community.
Appreciation of humanity, compassion and love are key points. If we develop a good heart, whether our field is science, agriculture or politics, since motivation is so crucial, they'll all improve.
We all want to live a happy life, so we have to learn to live together in trust and mutual respect. We do have differences of race, nationality, religious faith and so on, but these differences are secondary in comparison to our equality in being human.
I don't think of myself just as a Tibetan or a Buddhist, but as a human being. We have to think of the whole of humanity. Being human is the common ground in our efforts to create a better world. Remember, we all survive in dependence on others.
There's a need to improve our education systems. We're used to instructions about observing physical hygiene to preserve our health, but we need to add to it a sense of emotional hygiene. This means learning to tackle destructive emotions like anger, fear and hatred.
The purpose of all the major religious traditions is not to construct big temples on the outside, but to create temples of goodness and compassion inside, in our hearts.
We can't say that all religions are the same, different religions have different views and fundamental differences. But it does not matter, as all religions are meant to help in bringing about a better world with better and happier human beings. On this level, I think that through different philosophical explanations and approaches, all religions have the same goal and the same potential.
The first of my personal commitments is to work to increase human happiness by encouraging the cultivation of inner values and a sense of concern for others' well being. These are the key factors whether one is a religious person or not.
Some scientists believe climate change is the cause of unprecedented melting of the North Pole, and that effects these very uncertain weather patterns. I think we should listen to those scientists and experts.
Climate change is not the concern of just one or two nations. It is an issue that affects the whole of humanity and every living being on this earth.
Because we all share this planet earth, we have to learn to live in harmony and peace with each other and with nature. This is not just a dream, but a necessity.
Human use, population, and technology have reached that certain stage where mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence.
The world doesn't belong to leaders. The world belongs to all humanity.
With realization of one's own potential and self-confidence in one's ability, one can build a better world.
A good motivation is what is needed: compassion without dogmatism, without complicated philosophy; just understanding that others are human brothers and sisters and respecting their human rights and dignities. That we humans can help each other is one of our unique human capacities.
Scientists have a special responsibility, a moral responsibility, in ensuring that science serves the interests of humanity in the best possible way.
If we were really to see one another as brothers and sisters, there would be no basis for division, cheating and exploitation among us. Therefore it's important to promote the idea of the oneness of humanity, that in being human we are all the same.
I am one of the 7 billion human beings alive today. We each have a responsibility to think about humanity and the good of the world because it affects our own future. We weren't born on this planet at this time to create problems but to bring about some benefit.
We can achieve peace of mind if we tackle our destructive emotions, so the goal of making the 21st century an era of peace and compassion is feasible. It will involve finding solutions to problems in dialogue, not the use of force.
The real way we're going to become happy individuals, living in happy families and communities is to become more warm-hearted towards each other. We need more loving kindness.
I believe everyone has the responsibility to develop a happier world. We need, ultimately, to have a greater concern for others' well-being. In other words, kindness or compassion, which is lacking now. We must pay more attention to our inner values. We must look inside.
I pray for all of us, oppressor and friend, that together we succeed in building a better world through human understanding and love, and that in doing so we may reduce the pain and suffering of all sentient beings.
Ultimately, humanity is one and this small planet is our only home.
We are visitors on this planet. We are here for one hundred years at the very most. During that period we must try to do something good, something useful, with our lives. If you contribute to other people's happiness, you will find the true meaning of life.
One great question underlies our experience, whether we think about it or not: what is the purpose of life?... From the moment of birth every human being wants happiness and does not want suffering. Neither social conditioning nor education nor ideology affects this. From the very core of our being, we simply desire contentment... Therefore, it is important to discover what will bring about the greatest degree of happiness.
People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost.
When you are discontent, you always want more, more, more. Your desire can never be satisfied. But when you practice contentment, you can say to yourself, 'Oh yes - I already have everything that I really need'.
The basic thing is that everyone wants happiness, no one wants suffering. And happiness mainly comes from our own attitude, rather than from external factors. If your own mental attitude is correct, even if you remain in a hostile atmosphere, you feel happy.
True happiness comes from having a sense of inner peace and contentment, which in turn must be achieved by cultivating altruism, love and compassion, and by eliminating anger, selfishness and greed.
The wiser course is to think of others when pursuing our own happiness.
We seek happiness in external things without realizing that they don't help when we have problems within. We need to focus instead on the joy that comes with peace of mind that allows us to remain happy whatever happens.
A sense of contentment is crucial to being happy. Physical health, material wealth and friends contribute to this, but contentment governs our relations with them all.
A good motivation and honesty bring self-confidence, which attracts the trust and respect of others. Therefore the real source of blessings is in our own mind.
Neither a space station nor an enlightened mind can be realized in a day.
We need to ask ourselves how to find happiness ” it's not in money and power.
We need to learn to want what we have, not to have what we want, in order to get stable and steady happiness.
Where ignorance is our master, there is no possibility of real peace.
When we have inner peace, we can be at peace with those around us.
In order to carry a positive action we must develop here a positive vision.
Proper utilization of time is so important. While we have this body, and especially this amazing human brain, I think every minute is something precious.
Our ancient experience confirms at every point that everything is linked together, everything is inseparable.
It is when your practice is rather greedy that you become discouraged with it.
Follow the stream, have faith in its course. It will go on its own way, meandering here, trickling there. It will find the grooves, the cracks, the crevices. Just follow it. Never let it out of your sight. It will take you.
As long as we remain within the confines of the thinking mind, we can't experience the state of non-thinking. If we can't experience non-thinking, we will not understand what our life truly is. Please realize this for yourself! Just sit.
Enlightenment is not something you achieve. It is the absence of something. All your life you have been going forward after something, pursuing some goal. Enlightenment is dropping all that.
Those who worship don't know, and those who know don't worship.
An Awakened person is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
In contemplation, one's mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall.
Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.
The obstacle is the path.
Move and the way will open.
Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.
You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you're too busy, then you should sit and meditate or an hour.
To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.
Every day passes whether you participate or not.
Unless we die to ourselves, we can never be alive again.
The more you talk and think about it, the further astray you wander from the truth. Stop talking and thinking and there is nothing you will not be able to know.
I feel cut off only because I am split within myself, because I try to be divided from my own feelings and sensations. What I feel and sense therefore seems foreign to me. And on being aware of the unreality of this division, the universe does not seem foreign any more.
A mind full of preconceived ideas, subjective intentions, or habits is not open to things as they are.
If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
When there is no desire, all things are at peace.
Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang.
Taoism is a way of liberation, which never comes by means of revolution, since it is notorious that most revolutions establish worse tyrannies than they destroy.
You should rather be grateful for the weeds, because eventually they will enrich your practice.
You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.
Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion.
Taoism has no rules. It's a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.
Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistance.
Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol referred to in Lao Tzu's writings is the symbol of water.
Taoism is simply the complete acceptance of yourself as you are right in this moment.
Accept everything just the way it is.
Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.
The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.
If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.
He who is in harmony with the Tao is like a newborn child. Its bones are soft, its muscles are weak, but its grip is powerful.
To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism.
Patience from a Buddhist perspective is not a wait and see attitude, but rather one of just be there.
Buddhism teaches that joy and happiness arise from letting go. Please sit down and take an inventory of your life. There are things you've been hanging on to that really are not useful and deprive you of your freedom. Find the courage to let them go.
Buddhism may be summed up in two phrases: Let go! and Walk on!.
Suffering is when we resist the moment.
Life is not easy, unfair, surprising, and painful. Get used to it.
Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.
We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.
Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken! Take heed, do not squander your life.
Breath by breath, let go of fear, expectation, anger, regret, cravings, frustration, fatigue. Let go of the need for approval. Let go of old judgments and opinions. Die to all that, and fly free. Soar in the freedom of desirelessness.
Stress is caused by being here but wanting to be there.
Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence.
Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.
Anger, ego, jealousy are the biggest diseases. Keep yourself aloof from these three diseases.
The saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.
The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts.
Unless we agree to suffer we cannot be free from suffering.
The trying to do something is in itself enlightenment. When we are in difficulty or distress, there we have enlightenment.
When another person makes you suffer, it is because he suffers deeply within himself, and his suffering is spilling over. He does not need punishment; he needs help. That's the message he is sending.
Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.
Life always gives us exactly the teacher we need at every moment. This includes every mosquito, every misfortune, every red light, every traffic jam, every obnoxious supervisor , every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.
We have to face the pain we have been running from. In fact, we need to learn to rest in it and let its searing power transform us.
Do not permit the events of your daily lives to bind you, but never withdraw yourselves from them. Only by acting thus can you earn the title of 'A Liberated One'.
The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.
Those who don't know how to suffer are the worst off. There are times when the only correct thing we can do is to bear out troubles until a better day.
If you haven't wept deeply, you haven't begun to meditate.
An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.
Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving them makes them obsolete.
Pain doesn't last. And when it's gone, we have something to show for it. Growth.
Why seek a doctrine? As soon as you have a doctrine, you fall into dualistic thought.
Your body and mind are the field. Suffering is the seed, wisdom the sprout, and buddhahood the grain.
I haven't learned how to confront a problem by avoiding it.
Trees are like people. They all have a few flaws in them.
You are the sky. Everything else - it's just the weather.
A lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is.
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.
If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.
Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.
A finger points at the moon, but the moon is not at the tip of the finger. Words points at the truth, but the truth is not in words.
A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don't worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, You must not be attached to the coming or the going.
The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity.
When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair nets.
Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.
Zen is a quiet thing. It listens.
Awareness allows us get outside of your mind and observe it in action.
Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.
It is simply sitting silently, witnessing the thoughts, passing before you. Just witnessing, not interfering not even judging, because the moment you judge you have lost the pure witness.
Not being tense but ready. Not thinking but not dreaming. Not being set but flexible. Liberation from the uneasy sense of confinement. It is being wholly and quietly alive, aware and alert, ready for whatever may come.
Silence is the language of Om. We need silence to be able to reach our Self. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme Love.
If you would spend all your time - walking, standing, sitting or lying down - learning to halt the concept-forming activities of your own mind, you could be sure of ultimately attaining the goal.
Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.
Meditation is a secular practice, not a religious practice.
Even the buddha does not want anyone to follow him. Even the greatest masters cannot give you a single commandment. They see you so uniquely you, they see your freedom to be so uniquely for you.
Just two small things: meditation and let-go. Remember these two key words: meditation and surrender. Meditation will take you in, and surrender will take you into the whole. And this is the whole of religion. Within these two words Buddha has condensed the whole essence of religion.
He taught virtue, mindfulness, and wisdom. These are the three pillars of Buddhist practice, as well as the wellsprings of everyday well-being, psychological growth, and spiritual realization.
If you cannot bow to Buddha, you cannot be a Buddha. It is arrogance.
Buddha says there are two kinds of suffering: the kind that leads to more suffering and the kind that brings an end to suffering.
You need to have confidence that you have the capacity to become a Buddha, the capacity of transformation and healing.
Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.
The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That's all there ever is.
Everything in moderation, including moderation.
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it.
Even if things don't unfold the way you expected, don't be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance will win in the end.
If we learn to open our hearts, anyone, including the people who drive us crazy, can be our teacher.
Awareness is the greatest agent for change.
Zen has no business with ideas.
To understand everything is to forgive everything.
We are not going in circles, we are going upwards. The path is a spiral; we have already climbed many steps.
Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything - anger, anxiety, or possessions - we cannot be free.
If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.
It is possible to live happily in the here and now. So many conditions of happiness are available - more than enough for you to be happy right now. You don't have to run into the future in order to get more.
In a gentle way, you can shake the world.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.
All know the way; few actually walk it.
The mind's capacity is limitless, and its manifestations are inexhaustible. Seeing forms with your eyes, hearing sounds with your ears, smelling odors with your nose, tasting flavors with your tongue, every movement or state is all your mind.
To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness.
Health is the greatest possession. Contentment is the greatest treasure. Confidence is the greatest friend. Non-being is the greatest joy.
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.
It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.
If you begin to understand what you are without trying to change it, then what you are undergoes a transformation.
Tradition becomes our security, and when the mind is secure it is in decay.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
Life begins where fear ends.
Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.
Truth is not something outside to be discovered, it is something inside to be realized.
The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed.
Life is like the harp string, if it is strung too tight it won't play, if it is too loose it hangs, the tension that produces the beautiful sound lies in the middle.
Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn't learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn't learn a little, at least we didn't get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn't die; so, let us all be thankful.
Delight in heedfulness! Guard well your thoughts!
Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox.
There is nothing so disobedient as an undisciplined mind, and there is nothing so obedient as a disciplined mind.
A mind unruffled by the vagaries of fortune, from sorrow freed, from defilements cleansed, from fear liberated ” this is the greatest blessing.
Know from the rivers in clefts and in crevices: those in small channels flow noisily, the great flow silent. Whatever's not full makes noise. Whatever is full is quiet.
Set your heart on doing good. Do it over and over again, and you will be filled with joy.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Should a person do good, let him do it again and again. Let him find pleasure therein, for blissful is the accumulation of good.
We are formed and molded by our thoughts. Those whose minds are shaped by selfless thoughts give joy when they speak or act. Joy follows them like a shadow that never leaves them.
Just as a candle cannot burn without fire, men cannot live without a spiritual life.
Looking deeply at life as it is in this very moment, the meditator dwells in stability and freedom.
Whatever a monk keeps pursuing with his thinking and pondering, that becomes the inclination of his awareness.
Resolutely train yourself to attain peace.
Indeed, the sage who's fully quenched rests at ease in every way; no sense desire adheres to him whose fires have cooled, deprived of fuel. All attachments have been severed, the heart's been led away from pain; tranquil, he rests with utmost ease. The mind has found its way to peace.
He who sits alone, sleeps alone, and walks alone, who is strenuous and subdues himself alone, will find delight in the solitude of the forest.
Do not turn away what is given you, nor reach out for what is given to others, lest you disturb your quietness.
Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.
The fool who knows he is a fool is that much wiser.
Whatever has the nature of arising has the nature of ceasing.
There is only the one reality, neither to be realized nor attained.
There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.
For the beginner, practice without effort is not true practice.
It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice.
The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.
Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.
Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark.
When walking, walk. When eating, eat.
No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
When you reach the top of the mountain, keep climbing.
To live is enough.
Calmness in activity is true calmness.
When you do something, you should do it with your whole body and mind; you should be concentrated on what you do. You should do it completely, like a good bonfire.
You should not be a smoky fire. You should burn yourself completely. If you do not burn yourself completely, a trace of yourself will be left in what you do.
Emotionally we have many problems, but these problems are not actual problems; they are something created; they are problems pointed out by our self-centered ideas or views.
What we call I is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.
We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.
We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.
The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner's mind.
Sincerity itself is the railroad track.
Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.
Nothing has ever existed except this moment. That's all there is. That's all we are. Yet most human beings spend 50 to 90 percent or more of their time in their imagination, living in fantasy. We think about what has happened to us, what might have happened, how we feel about it, how we should be different, how others should be different, how it's all a shame, and on and on.
When reading, only read. When eating, only eat. When thinking, only think.
When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves.
Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.
If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Detachment is necessary for peace, and peace is necessary for happiness.
The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is one word: accept.
The more I expect things to be a certain way, the more I reject reality, the more I risk being disappointed.
If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.
Letting go is the lesson. Letting go is always the lesson. Have you ever noticed how much of our agony is all tied up with craving and loss?
It is a timeless spiritual truth: release attachment to outcomes, deep inside yourself, you'll feel good no matter what.
Think of patience as an act of being open to whatever comes your way.
A Buddha is an idle person. He doesn't run around after fortune and fame.
Life is a balance between rest and movement.
Next to love, balance is the most important thing.
A warrior balances solitude and dependence.
The more Zen and balanced you are, the more your actions are quality. You're all in.
He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.
Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.
There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change.
Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely but striving for such achievement is, in itself, a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security.
It is a wretched thing that the young men of today are so contriving and so proud of their material possessions. Men with contriving hearts are lacking in duty. Lacking in duty, they will have no self-respect.
He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.
The most transformative experience has been the simple act of loving myself.
Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.
Being attached to someone is not about the other person. It is about your own sense of inadequacy.
Any love is a home-sickness, a longing for a lost paradise.
A man walking is never in balance but always correcting for imbalance.
The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.
Since we desire the true happiness that is brought about by a calm mind, and such peace of mind arises only from having a compassionate attitude, we need to make a concerted effort to develop compassion.
The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.
When asked Who I Am', the only answer possible is: I am the infinite, the vastness that is the substance of all things. I am no one and everyone, nothing and everything - just as you are.
When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way.
More important than any stage which you will attain is your sincerity, your right effort.
In deep self acceptance, grows a compassionate understanding.
There is not secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.
I live by four simple words. Love. Being. Here. Now.
Your treasure house is in yourself, it contains all you need.
It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.
The mind: A beautiful servant, a dangerous master.
Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.
Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.
Your whole world happens in your mind. Make sure you give it ample amount of love and care. Are you?
Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions.
As you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.
You must only concentrate on the next step, the next breath, the next stroke of the broom, and the next, and the next. Nothing else.
Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.
Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.
The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included.
Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.
The things I carry are my thoughts. That's it. They are the only weight. My thoughts determine whether I am free and light or burdened.
You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.
Distraction is the main problem for us all - what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind.
The word 'innocence' means a mind that is incapable of being hurt.
If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.
True depth of understanding is wide and steady. Shallow understanding is lazy and wandering.
It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are.
If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you.
A mind that worries about the past is distracted, and a mind that worries about the future is delusional.
Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious.
When thought is in bondage the truth is hidden, for everything is murky and unclear, and the burdensome practice of judging brings annoyance and weariness. What benefit can be derived from distinctions and separations?
The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind.
What pleases our mind is not dangerous enough.
Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found.
Nothing divides one so much as thought.
Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.
The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.
Are you attached to the old and the dead or detached, dynamic and alert to the present?
Time is the fire in which we burn.
Our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.
The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.
See and realize that this world is not permanent. Neither late nor early flowers will remain.
We're in such a hurry most of the time we never get much chance to talk. The result is a kind of endless day-to-day shallowness, a monotony that leaves a person wondering years later where all the time went and sorry that it's all gone.
When we realize the everlasting truth of everything changes and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.
Time's the king of men; he's both their parent, and he is their grave, and gives them what he will, not what they crave.
Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.
Whether we like it or not, change comes, and the greater the resistance, the greater the pain.
Don't waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.
Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind.
The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.
Little people reject reality which brings confusion. Zen people accept reality which brings understanding.
Realisation is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realised.
Unless it grows out of yourself no knowledge is really yours, it is only borrowed plumage.
The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step.
But opinions, judgments, memories, dreaming about the future”ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality.
If you forget yourself, you become the universe.
No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.
Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away.
It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.
The way of Zen is to become independent and strong. Don't rely on others for perceptions of life and truth. Do it individually.
Truth is not far away. It is nearer than near. There is no need to attain it, since not one of your steps leads away from it.
The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences. When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised. Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaven and earth are set infinitely apart. If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinion for or against.
If you are under control, you lose the danger of glimpsing an unknown realm.
If you use your mind to study reality, you won't understand either your mind or reality. If you study reality without using your mind, you'll understand both.
The farther away you are from the truth, the more the hateful and pleasurable states will arise.
The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They're not the Way.
Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part.
To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.
Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar.
Life isn't as serious as the mind makes it out to be.
But as long as you think you are practicing zazen for the sake of something, that is not true practice.
Many have died; you also will die. The drum of death is being beaten. The world has fallen in love with a dream. Only sayings of the wise will remain.
The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.
Pursue not the outer entanglements; dwell not in the inner void; be serene in the oneness of things; and dualism vanishes by itself.
Matters of great concern should be treated lightly. Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.
One thing, all things: move among and intermingle, without distinction. To live in this realization is to be without anxiety about non-perfection. To live in this faith is the road to non-duality, because the non-dual is one with the trusting mind.
There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in.
Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.
The thief left it behind: the moon at my window.
We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.
One has not understood until one has forgotten it.
A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.
To be truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge.
It's beautiful to be alone. To be alone does not mean to be lonely. It means the mind is not influenced and contaminated by society.
When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything.
Unity can only be manifested by the Binary. Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
What is the appropriate behavior for a man or a woman in the midst of this world, where each person is clinging to his piece of debris? What's the proper salutation between people as they pass each other in this flood?
When watching after yourself, you watch after others. When watching after others, you watch after yourself.
Let none find fault with others; let none see the omissions and commissions of others. But let one see one's own acts, done and undone.
The true master lives in truth, in goodness and restraint, non-violence, moderation, and purity.
Offend in neither word nor deed. Eat with moderation. Live in your heart. Seek the highest consciousness. Master yourself according to the law. This is the simple teaching of the awakened.
Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.
The wise ones fashioned speech with their thought, sifting it as grain is sifted through a sieve.
The virtues, like the Muses, are always seen in groups. A good principle was never found solitary in any breast.
Nothing is forever except change.
There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.
Someone who has set out in the vehicle of a Bodhisattva should decide that 'I must lead all the beings to nirvana, into that realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind'. What is this realm of nirvana which leaves nothing behind ?
Both formerly and now, it is only suffering that I describe, and the cessation of suffering.
He who can curb his wrath as soon as it arises, as a timely antidote will check snake's venom that so quickly spreads, ” such a monk gives up the here and the beyond, just as a serpent sheds its worn-out skin.
May all that have life be delivered from suffering.
It is easy to see the faults of others, but difficult to see one's own faults. One shows the faults of others like chaff winnowed in the wind, but one conceals one's own faults as a cunning gambler conceals his dice.
Those attached to the notion 'I am' and to views roam the world offending people.
There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills.
Men, driven on by thirst, run about like a snared hare; let therefore mendicant drive out thirst, by striving after passionlessness for himself.
When one has the feeling of dislike for evil, when one feels tranquil, one finds pleasure in listening to good teachings; when one has these feelings and appreciates them, one is free of fear.
The instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger.
Wear your ego like a loose fitting garment.
Some do not understand that we must die, but those who do realize this settle their quarrels.
All tremble at violence; all fear death. Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.
I do not dispute with the world; rather it is the world that disputes with me.
They blame those who remain silent, they blame those who speak much, they blame those who speak in moderation. There is none in the world who is not blamed.
Those who cling to perceptions and views wander the world offending people.
Whoever doesn't flare up at someone who's angry wins a battle hard to win.
Anger will never disappear so long as thoughts of resentment are cherished in the mind. Anger will disappear just as soon as thoughts of resentment are forgotten.
Do not overrate what you have received, nor envy others. He who envies others does not obtain peace of mind.
Neither fire nor wind, birth nor death can erase our good deeds.
Should you find a wise critic to point out your faults, follow him as you would a guide to hidden treasure.
As an elephant in the battlefield withstands arrows shot from bows all around, even so shall I endure abuse.
Praise and blame, gain and loss, pleasure and sorrow come and go like the wind. To be happy, rest like a giant tree in the midst of them all.
In separateness lies the world's greatest misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength.
Be a lamp for yourselves. Be your own refuge. Seek for no other. All things must pass. Strive on diligently. Don't give up.
Better it is to live one day seeing the rise and fall of things than to live a hundred years without ever seeing the rise and fall of things.
If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship.
To keep the body in good health is a duty... otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death.
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, not to anticipate the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Those who have failed to work toward the truth have missed the purpose of living.
Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
There are two mistakes one can make along the road to truth...not going all the way, and not starting.
The calmed say that what is well-spoken is best; second, that one should say what is right, not unrighteous; third, what's pleasing, not displeasing; fourth, what is true, not false.
Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.
Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.
To follow Buddha is to not follow Buddha.
If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won't see the Buddha.
And the Buddha is the person who's free: free of plans, free of cares.
As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you'll never see that your own mind is the Buddha.
Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.
Buddhas don't practice nonsense.
A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.
Buddhas move freely through birth and death, appearing and disappearing at will.
But deluded people don't realize that their own mind is the Buddha. They keep searching outside.
To find a Buddha all you have to do is see your nature.
No one can force us to transform our minds, not even Buddha. We must do so voluntarily. Therefore Buddha stated, 'You are your own master'.
The color of the mountains is Buddha's body; the sound of running water is his great speech.
The Buddha and all sentient beings are nothing but expressions of the one mind. There is nothing else.
To awaken suddenly to the fact that your own Mind is the Buddha, that there is nothing to be attained or a single action to be performed. This is the Supreme Way.
The words of the Buddha offer this truth: Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.
Respect Buddha and the gods without counting on their help.
There is no need for God! If you want to meditate you can meditate without God. Buddha meditated without God; he had no belief in God.
A Buddha is a Buddha, a Krishna is a Krishna, and you are you.
The secret of Buddhism is to remove all ideas, all concepts, in order for the truth to have a chance to penetrate, to reveal itself.
If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need.
We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.
When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.
Wherever you are, be there totally.
Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.
Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.
When you like a flower, you just pluck it. But when you love a flower, you water it daily.
It is better to travel well than to arrive.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
If you truly loved yourself, you could never hurt another.
Every morning we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.
Life is so very hard. How can we be anything but kind?
Live every act fully, as if it were your last.
Virtue is persecuted more by the wicked than it is loved by the good.
Nothing ever exists entirely alone; everything is in relation to everything else.
Purity or impurity depends on oneself. No one can purify another.
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck.
One moment can change a day, one day can change a life and one life can change the world.
She who knows life flows, feels no wear or tear, needs no mending or repair.
An insincere and evil friend is more to be feared than a wild beast; a wild beast may wound your body, but an evil friend will wound your mind.
Whatever words we utter should be chosen with care for people will hear them and be influenced by them for good or ill.
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.
Should a seeker not find a companion who is better or equal, let them resolutely pursue a solitary course.
If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole life would change.
True love is born from understanding.
Radiate boundless love towards the entire world.
You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Ambition is like love, impatient both of delays and rivals.
Love is a gift of one's inner most soul to another so both can be whole.
Let all-embracing thoughts for all beings be yours.
We will develop and cultivate the liberation of mind by lovingkindness, make it our vehicle, make it our basis, stabilize it, exercise ourselves in it, and fully perfect it.
Hatred does not cease through hatred at any time. Hatred ceases through love. This is an unalterable law.
He who loves 50 people has 50 woes; he who loves no one has no woes.
Kindness should become the natural way of life, not the exception.
Speak only endearing speech, speech that is welcomed. Speech, when it brings no evil to others, is a pleasant thing.
One is not called noble who harms living beings. By not harming living beings one is called noble.
Being deeply learned and skilled, being well trained and using well spoken words: this is good luck.
Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.
In whom there is no sympathy for living beings: know him as an outcast.
He is able who thinks he is able.
It is a man's own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways.
You are a seeker. Delight in the mastery of your hands and your feet, of your words and your thoughts.
See them, floundering in their sense of mine, like fish in the puddles of a dried-up stream ” and, seeing this, live with no mine, not forming attachment for states of becoming.
'As I am, so are these. As are these, so am I.' Drawing the parallel to yourself, neither kill nor get others to kill.
All experiences are preceded by mind, having mind as their master, created by mind.
To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him.
All wrong-doing arises because of mind. If mind is transformed can wrong-doing remain?
What we are today comes from our thoughts of yesterday, and our present thoughts build our life of tomorrow: Our life is the creation of our mind.
The one who has conquered himself is a far greater hero than he who has defeated a thousand times a thousand men.
Transcendental intelligence rises when the intellectual mind reaches its limit and if things are to be realized in their true and essential nature, its processes of thinking must be transcended by an appeal to some higher faculty of cognition.
I will not look at another's bowl intent on finding fault: a training to be observed.
The external world is only a manifestation of the activities of the mind itself, and the mind grasps it as an external world simply because of its habit of discrimination and false-reasoning. The disciple must get into the habit of looking at things truthfully.
Mind precedes all mental states. Mind is their chief; they are all mind-wrought.
If with a pure mind a person speaks or acts happiness follows him like his never-departing shadow.
There is no path to happiness: happiness is the path.
Happiness comes when your work and words are of benefit to yourself and others.
The enlightened one, intent on jhana, should find delight in the forest, should practice jhana at the foot of a tree, attaining his own satisfaction.
Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.
It is in the nature of things that joy arises in a person free from remorse.
One who acts on truth is happy in this world and beyond.
Give, even if you only have a little.
Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.
Irrigators channel waters; fletchers straighten arrows; carpenters bend wood; the wise master themselves.
Drop by drop is the water pot filled. Likewise, the wise man, gathering it little by little, fills himself with good.
The greatest gift is to give people your enlightenment, to share it. It has to be the greatest.
If you knew what I know about the power of giving, you would not let a single meal pass without sharing it in some way.
The root of suffering is attachment.
Silence the angry man with love. Silence the ill-natured man with kindness. Silence the miser with generosity. Silence the liar with truth.
People with opinions just go around bothering each other.
When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, What do I need to get to be happy? The question becomes, What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?
If you want something then you lose everything. If you don't want anything then you already have everything.
To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.
When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.
The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.
A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.
Un-think. Un-learn. Un-know. Un-believe. Un-speculate. Un-seek. Un-strive. Un-fear. Lose your mind and effortlessly be.
Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday.
Don't be satisfied with your accomplishment, nor be dissatisfied with it.
Little people try to control everything. Thus, they control nothing. Wise people focus on one thing, the most important, and let go of the rest.
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
You can have the mind or you can have the moment.
One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.
Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that's exactly the way we want it to be.
To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.
Here it is - right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.
Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.
Little people seek lasting happiness in the material world. Zen people seek understanding first and then find lasting peace.
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.
All I can guarantee you is that as long as you are searching for happiness, you will remain unhappy.
Letting go takes a lot of courage sometimes. But once you let go, happiness comes very quickly. You won't have to go around search for it.
There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
Be true to the thought of the moment and avoid distraction. Other than continuing to exert yourself, enter into nothing else, but go to the extent of living single thought by single thought.
If we are always demanding something out of life, then we will never be content. But if we accept life as it is, then we will know contentment.
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.
Your life is your practice. Your spiritual practice does not occur someplace other than in your life right now, and your life is nowhere other than where you are.
Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself.
People of this world are deluded. They're always longing for something - always, in a word, seeking.
When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.
When there is no gaining idea in what you do, then you do something.
So if you do something, you should be observant, and careful, and alert.
Where you stand, where you are, that's what your life is right there, regardless of how painful it is or how enjoyable it is. That's what it is.
I am not devaluing thoughts. Just do not mix up what we think with what actually is.
There is one thing in life that you can always rely on: life being as it is.
Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath.
To see things for what they are is to see with the eyes of the vastness itself.
If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.
To escape from the world means that one's mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.
Lose yourself in nothing to become everything; Relax into an infinite deep sea of coherent energy; Keep unfolding deeper and deeper into oneness; Continuously let go of control; Feel greater and greater degrees of wholeness.
Once you stop clinging and let things be, you'll be free, even of birth and death. You'll transform everything.
You are here to learn something. Don't try to figure out what it is. This can be frustrating and unproductive.
Obey the nature of things , and you will walk freely and undisturbed.
Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go.
You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant.
Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.
Drop the craving for self, for permanence, for particular circumstances, and go straight ahead with the movement of life.
With no set idea of how something is supposed to be, it is hard to get stuck on things not happening in the time frame you desired. Instead, you are just being there, open to the possibilities of your life.
Let go. Let Be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home ” at ease.
The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.
Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice.
Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything.
Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.
If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.
Even if it seems certain that you will lose, retaliate. Neither wisdom nor technique has a place in this. A real man does not think of victory or defeat. He plunges recklessly towards an irrational death. By doing this, you will awaken from your dreams.
Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort.
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.
You look at where you're going and where you are and it never makes sense, but then you look back at where you've been and a pattern seems to emerge.
There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.
As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.
My daily affairs are quite ordinary; but I'm in total harmony with them.
Unhappiness and rain just drift by and are gone, they are visitors.
Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.
A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.
Confuse them with your silence and amaze them with your actions.
I don't hold on to anything, don't reject anything; nowhere an obstacle or conflict.
We just let it happen... and that's the beauty of this technique.
Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.
A true Zen saying: Nothing is what I want.
When I'm riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence.
When you've understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can't understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.
Too lazy to be ambitious, I let the world take care of itself. Ten days' worth of rice in my bag; a bundle of twigs by the fireplace. Why chatter about delusion and enlightenment? Listening to the night rain on my roof, I sit comfortably, with both legs stretched out.
Craziness is good. Crazy people are happy, free, they have no hindrance. But since you have many attachment, you are only a little crazy. This is not crazy enough. You must become completely crazy. Then you will understand.
I have lived with several Zen masters - all of them cats.
The menu is not the meal.
Zen is nothing to get excited about.
Do not be too interested in Zen.
The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.
Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech.
They call it 'peace of mind' but maybe it should be called 'peace from mind'.
When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
Let go, or be dragged.
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
Mind is like a mad monkey.
Wise men don't judge - they seek to understand.
When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.
Wherever you are, it's the place you need to be.
The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.
Rest and be kind, you don't have to prove anything.
Relax. Nothing is under control.
I live by letting things happen.
Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.
You are exactly where you need to be.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.
Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?
Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home.
Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.
When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.
When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it.
Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.
Don't seek, don't search, don't ask, don't knock, don't demand - relax.
And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.
Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.
One loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them.
Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain.
In Zen we have no gurus.
Zen is an effort to become alert and awake.
Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points.
Zen in it's essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one's being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.
The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.
The true purpose [of Zen] is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.
Zen practice is to open up our small mind.
Zen is not a religion. There is no room for a cult. There is no dependence on a teacher. There is only learning how to use your own mind and making it strong.
Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it.
Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.
Zen is a path of liberation. It liberates you. It is freedom from the first step to the last. You are not required to follow any rules; you are required to find out your own rules and your own life in the light of awareness.
Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
Zen is not an art, it's not a religion. It's a realisation.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.
Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.
To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.
In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few.
The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as if nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is a miracle.
Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.
The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
Even as a solid rock is unshaken by the wind, so are the wise unshaken by praise or blame.
You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?
Chaos is inherent in all compounded things. Strive on with diligence.
Attachment leads to suffering.
May all beings have happy minds.
Born out of concern for all beings.
I am the miracle.
A jug fills drop by drop.
Every human being is the author of his own health or disease.
The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.
The way is not in the sky. The way is in the heart.
You can only lose what you cling to.
As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all.
I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.
As you walk and eat and travel, be where you are. Otherwise you will miss most of your life.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
A man asked Gautama Buddha, I want happiness. Buddha said, First remove I, that's Ego, then remove want, that's Desire. See now, you are left with only Happiness.
A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.
Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.
If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.
In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.
The foot feels the foot when it feels the ground.
A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker.
If we destroy something around us we destroy ourselves. If we cheat another, we cheat ourselves.
Every experience, no matter how bad it seems, holds within it a blessing of some kind. The goal is to find it.
Doubt everything. Find your own light.
A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.
Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.
When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.
Meditate. Live purely. Be quiet. Do your work with mastery. Like the moon, come out from behind the clouds! Shine.
My doctrine is not a doctrine but just a vision. I have not given you any set rules, I have not given you a system.
In the sky, there is no distinction of east and west; people create distinctions out of their own minds and then believe them to be true.
Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned.
What you think you create, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you become.
Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it.
There has to be evil so that good can prove its purity above it.
There is no fear for one whose mind is not filled with desires.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
If anything is worth doing, do it with all your heart.
A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise.
Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one's own in the midst of abundance.
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
If we fail to look after others when they need help, who will look after us?
Nothing can harm you as much as your own thoughts unguarded.
Meditate... do not delay, lest you later regret it.
Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.
Understanding is the heartwood of well-spoken words.
Ceasing to do evil, cultivating the good, purifying the heart: this is the teaching of the Buddhas.
Delight in meditation and solitude. Compose yourself, be happy. You are a seeker.
Ardently do today what must be done. Who knows? Tomorrow, death comes.
What you are is what you have been. What you'll be is what you do now.
If you propose to speak always ask yourself, is it true, is it necessary, is it kind.
If you find no one to support you on the spiritual path, walk alone.
Stop, stop. Do not speak. The ultimate truth is not even to think.
We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.
Just as the great ocean has one taste, the taste of salt, so also this teaching and discipline has one taste, the taste of liberation.
The one in whom no longer exist the craving and thirst that perpetuate becoming; how could you track that Awakened one, trackless, and of limitless range.
Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes.
Long is the night to him who is awake; long is a mile to him who is tired; long is life to the foolish who do not know the true law.
Whatever precious jewel there is in the heavenly worlds, there is nothing comparable to one who is Awakened.
Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.
Like a fine flower, beautiful to look at but without scent, fine words are fruitless in a man who does not act in accordance with them.
Our theories of the eternal are as valuable as are those which a chick which has not broken its way through its shell might form of the outside world.
An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.
All know the way, but few actually walk it.
The essence of the Way is detachment.
Don't try to steer the river.
Not creating delusions is enlightenment.
All things are difficult before they are easy.
Words diminish meanings; these words included.
The more you know, the less you need.
Don't be afraid to just sit and watch.
Act without expectation.
Your mind wants control. Life wants change.
Become comfortable with not knowing.
Be present above all else.
Think with your whole body.
Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
Roads were made for journeys not destinations.
Don't curse the darkness, light a candle.
Body and mind dropped off.
Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way.
Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.
A zen master's life is one continuous mistake.
Now I know what success is: living your truth, sharing it.
I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.
To live - is that not enough?
Sleep is the best meditation.
This will never come again.
Movement is evil. Being still is good.
Life is a second-by-second miracle.
In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.
Singlemindedness is all-powerful.
The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are.
These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.
Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.
Little people overwhelmed by emotions. Zen people are calm and detached.
Your mind is a mad monkey trying to understand life which is unfair and crazy. Get used to it.
Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.
Who you are is always right.
The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.
Still your waters.
Relax. Nothing's missing.
Learn to be comfortable in adversity but most importantly, learn to be comfortable when you're bored.
If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever.
The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities.
The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands.
Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.
I don't mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom.