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240 Zen Quotes to Calm Your Mood

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1. “When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” – Shunryu Suzuki 

2. “Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” – Thich Nhat Hanh 

3. “Do not let the behavior of others destroy your inner peace.” – Dalai Lama

4. “Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.” – Jack Kerouac 

5. “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there. When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.” – Rumi 

6. “To think in terms of either pessimism or optimism oversimplifies the truth. The problem is to see reality as it is.” – Thich Nhat Hạnh 

7. “What was never lost can never be found.” – Zen Proverb 

8. “What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.” – Confucius 

9. “Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know.” – Pema Chödrön

10. “Let go, or be dragged.” – Zen proverb 

11. “When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.” – Lao Tzu 

12. “And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.” – Dr. Seuss

13. “This is the real secret of life—to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.” – Alan Watts 

14. “Wherever you are, it’s the place you need to be.” – Maxime Lagacé

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15. “The feeling that any task is a nuisance will soon disappear if it is done in mindfulness.” – Thich Nhat Hahn 

16. “The temptation to give up is strongest just before victory.” – Chris Omoijiade

17. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

18. “If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!” – Thich Nhat Hanh

19. “Those who are awake, live in a state of constant amazement.” – Buddha

20. “Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.” – Zen Proverb

21. “The idea is to die young as late as possible.”  – Ashley Montagu

22. “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.” –

23. “Things derive their being and nature by mutual dependence and are nothing in themselves.” – Nagarjuna

24. “I’m here to tell you that the path to peace is right there, when you want to get away.” – Pema Chödrön

25. “The true miracle is not walking on water or walking in air, but simply walking on this earth.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

26. “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.” – Shunryu Suzuki

27. “Don’t speak if it doesn’t improve on silence.” – Vladimir Kornea

28. “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” –

29. “Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.” – Confucius

30. “The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something.” – Koun Yamada

31. “Upon retiring, sleep as if you had entered your last sleep. Upon awakening, leave your bed behind you instantly as if you had cast away a pair of old shoes.” – Soyen Shaku

32. “A thousand mile journey begins with just one step.” – Chinese Proverb

33. “Have good trust in yourself, not in the one that you think you should be, but in the one that you are.” – Maezumi Roshi

34. “Love is a gift of one’s innermost soul to another so both can be whole.” – Buddha

35. “A strong man overcomes an obstacle, a wise man goes the whole way.” – Zen Buddhism

36. “Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.” – Buddha

37. “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.” – Albert Einstein

38. “No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.” – Tilopa

39. “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 with it.” – Ray Bradbury

40. “To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.” – Bodhidharma

41. “Even if you stumble and fall down, it doesn’t mean you’ve chosen the wrong path.” – Zen Buddhism

42. “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” –

43. “Life is like stepping onto a boat which is about to sail out to sea and sink.” – Shunryu Suzuki

44. “Everything that has a beginning has an ending. Make your peace with that and all will be well.” – Jack Kornfield 

45. “One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.” – Dogen

46. “Don’t be afraid to go slowly. Be afraid of stopping.” – Chinese Proverb

47. “The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications.” – Hongzhi

48. “Even the happiness of a fool is a stupid kind of happiness.” – Bertrand Russel

49. “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.” –

50. “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.” – Lao Tzu

51. “Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.” – Shunryu Suzuki

52. “Always look on the bright side of things. If you can’t comprehend this, polish that which has become dull until it begins to shine.” – ZenBuddhism

53. “Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.” – Soyen Shaku

54. “A mountain never yields to the wind no matter how strong it is.” – Zen Buddhism

55. “If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?” – Dogen

56. “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” – Zen Proverb

57. “The words of the Buddha offer this truth, ‘Hatred never ceases by hatred but by love alone is healed.’” – Jack Kornfield

58. “Nature is full of chaos and conflict. Don’t resist these things. Invite them in.” – Charlie Ambler 

59. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand—relax.” –

60. “Throughout this life, you can never be certain of living long enough to take another breath.” – Huang Po

61. “In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; the flowering branches are; some long, some short.” – Eicho

62. “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone.” – Alan Watts

63. “Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life—after that you cannot be deceived.” – Zen Proverb

64. “Old friends pass away, new friends appear. It is just like the days. An old day passes, a new day arrives. The important thing is to make it meaningful: a meaningful friend—or a meaningful day.” – Dalai Lama

65. “Awareness is the greatest agent for change.” – Eckhart Tolle

66. “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.” – Buddha

67. “Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.” – Bodhidharma

68. “When I feel like dancing, I dance. I don’t care if anyone else is dancing or if everyone else is laughing at me. I dance.” – Rachel Danson

69. “Learn to be comfortable in adversity but most importantly, learn to be comfortable when you’re bored.” – Maxime Lagacé

70. “It all depends on you. You can go on sleeping forever, you can wake up right this moment.” – Osho

71. “To accept some idea of truth without experiencing it is like a painting of a cake on paper which you cannot eat.” – Suzuki Roshi

72. “All that we are, is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.” – Buddha

73. “It really boils down to this, that all life is interrelated. We are all caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” – Martin Luther King, Jr

74. “Let your mind wander in the pure and simple. Be one with the infinite. Let all things take their course.” – Chuang Tzu

75. “Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.” – Zen Proverb

76. “To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.” – Zen Proverb

77. “Mind is like a mad monkey.” – Sathya Sai Baba

78. “Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.” – Alan Watts

79. “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.” – Lao Tzu

80. “When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.” – Huang Po

81. “Mind your thoughts, as they become your words. Mind your words, as they become your actions. Mind your actions, as they become you.” – Buddha

82. “Consider your own place in the universal oneness of which we are all a part, from which we all arise, and to which we all return.” – David Fontana

83. “The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.” – Confucius

84. “Watch what you say, and whatever you say, practice it.” – Soyen Shaku

85. “To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” – Chuang Tzu

86. “Think with your whole body.” – Taisen Deshimaru

87. “When you seek it, you cannot find it.” – Zen Proverb

88. “Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.” – Dalai Lama

89.  “Just as a mother would protect her only child with her life, even so, let one cultivate a boundless love towards all beings.” – Buddha

90. “The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.” –

91. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

92. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.” – Lao Tzu

93. “Move and the way will open.” – Kathy Bransfield

94. “Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts

95. “When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves.” – Dogen

96. “I’m simply saying that there is a way to be sane. I’m saying that you can get rid of all this insanity created by the past in you. Just by being a simple witness of your thought processes.” – Osho

97. “It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable.” – Seneca

98. “The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”  – Confucius

99. “Sometimes, when you’ve a very long street ahead of you, you think how terribly long it is and feel sure you’ll never get it swept. And then you start to hurry. You work faster and faster and every time you look up there seems to be just as much left to sweep as before, and you try even harder, and you panic, and in the end you’re out of breath and have to stop—and still the street stretches away in front of you. That’s not the way to do it.” – Michael Ende

100. “The good life can be as simple as just paying attention.” – Charlie Ambler

101. “Respect life, revere life. There is nothing more holy than life, nothing more divine than life.” – Osho

102. “The purpose of our lives is to be happy.” – Dalai Lama

103. “Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.” – Dalai Lama

104. “This dew like life fades away, time speeds swiftly. In this short life of ours, avoid involvement in superfluous things and just study the Way.” – Dōgen Zenji

105. “To live a pure unselfish life, one must count nothing as one’s own in the midst of abundance.” – Buddha

106. “I live by letting things happen.” – Dogen

107. “Life is a journey. Time is a river. The door is ajar.” – Jim Butcher

108. “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

109. “Life begins where fear ends.” – Osho

110. “When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways—either to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.” – Dalai Lama

111. “Life is a balance of holding on and letting go.” – Rumi

112. “When you accept what is, every moment is the best moment. That is enlightenment.” – Eckhardt Tolle

113. “Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be.” – Eckhart Tolle

114. “Life is more or less a lie, but then again, that’s exactly the way we want it to be.” – Bob Dylan

115. “If you realize you have enough, you are truly rich.” – Lao Tzu

116. “Happiness is here and now.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

117. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

118. “The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness.” – Eric Hoffer

119. “If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.” – Confucius

120. “Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.” – Buddha

121. “I have lived with several Zen masters―all of them cats.” – Eckhart Tolle

122. “The truth knocks on the door and you say, ‘Go away, I’m looking for the truth,’ and so it goes away. Puzzling.” – Robert M. Pirsig

123. “Happiness is the default state. It’s what’s there when you remove the sense that something is missing in life. People believe mistakenly that happiness is about positive thoughts and positive action but every positive thought essentially holds within itself a negative thought.” – Naval Ravikant

124. “Happiness lies even in little tiny butterflies. You just have to open up your eyes and see where beauty flies to beautify your world lengthwise.” – Ana Claudia Antunes

125. “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” – Buddha

126. “But when you’re in front of an audience and you make them laugh at a new idea, you’re guiding the whole being for the moment. No one is ever more him/herself than when they really laugh. Their defenses are down. It’s very Zen-like—that moment. They are completely open, completely themselves when that message hits the brain and the laugh begins. That’s when new ideas can be implanted. If a new idea slips in at that moment, it has a chance to grow.” –

127. “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.” – Dalai Lama

128. “Have a mind that is open to everything and attached to nothing.” – Tilopa

129. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha

130. “We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.” – Lao Tzu

131. “Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment.” – Morihei Ueshiba

132. “There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – Dalai Lama

133. “Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home.” – Zhuangzi

134. “To know yourself as the being underneath the thinker, the stillness underneath the mental noise, the love, and joy underneath the pain is freedom, salvation, enlightenment.” – Eckhart Tolle

135. “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.” – Bruce Lee

136. “If you think that you are only inside your skin, you define yourself as one very complicated little curlique, way out on the edge of that explosion. Way out in space, and way out in time.” – Alan Watts

137. “Who you are is always right.” – Ming-Dao Deng

138. “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?” – Susan Gordon Lydon

139. “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” – Dalai Lama

140. “If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there’s room to hear more subtle things―that’s when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It’s a discipline, you have to practice it.” – Walter Isaacson

141. “You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” – Swami Vivekananda

142. “If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

143. “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

144. “The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.” – Shunryu Suzuki

145. “Hatred does not cease by hatred, but only by love.” – Buddha

146. “Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart, and the senses.” – Lao Tzu

147. “The world is filled with love-play, from animal lust to sublime compassion.” – Alan Watts

148. “You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” – Buddha

149. “Love is the absence of judgment.” –  Dalai Lama

150. “Even death is not to be feared by one who has lived wisely.” – Buddha

151. “Our sorrows and wounds are healed only when we touch them with compassion.” – Buddha

152. “A man with outward courage dares to die. A man with dares to live.” – Lao Tzu

153. “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.” – Kabir

154. “The world is afflicted by death and decay. But the wise do not grieve, having realized the nature of the world.” – Buddha

155. “If a is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

156. “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” –

157. “Tell your friend that in his death, a part of you dies and goes with him. Wherever he goes, you also go. He will not be alone.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

158. “I don’t want to die without any scars.” – Chuck Palahniuk

159. “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.” – Dōgen

160. “Relax. Nothing is under control.” – Adi Da

161. “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Chuang-Tzu

162. “Like vanishing dew, a passing apparition or the sudden flash of lightning―already gone―thus should one regard one’s self.” – Ikkyu

163. “The way to free yourself of pain and suffering is to accept it.” – Charlie Ambler

164. “Act without expectation.” – Lao Tzu

165. “Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.” – Seng-ts’an

166. “In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” – Shunryu Suzuki

167. “One loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

168. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.”

– Alan Wilson Watts

169. “Relax. Nothing’s missing.” – Maxime Lagacé

170. “Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.” – Dōgen Zenji

171. “When you catch yourself slipping into a pool of negativity, notice how it derives from nothing other than resistance to the current situation.” – Donna Quesada

172. “We do not exist for the sake of something else. We exist for the sake of ourselves.” – Shunryu Suzuki

173. “Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst.” – Lin Yutang

174. “To understand everything is to forgive everything.” – Buddha

175. “Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.” – Meister Eckhart

176. “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” – Zen Proverb

177. “Not everything happens for a reason. Nature is not rational. Just make peace with whatever happens.”  – Charlie Ambler

178. “Neither fire, nor wind, birth, nor death, can erase our good deeds.” – Buddha

179. “The more you know, the less you need.” – Yvon Chouinard

180. “In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light.” – Dōgen Zenji

181. “The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands.” – Robert M. Pirsig

182. “I discovered that it is necessary, absolutely necessary, to believe in nothing. That is, we have to believe in something which has no form and no color—something which exists before all forms and colors appear—no matter what god or doctrine you believe in, if you become attached to it, your belief will be based more or less on a self-centered idea.” – Shunryu Suzuki

183. “The three elements of creativity are thus loving, knowing, and doing—or heart, mind, and hands—or, as Zen Buddhist teaching has it; great faith, great question, and great courage.” – Eric Maisel

184. “When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it.” – Dogen

185. “Silence is the language of Om. to be able to reach ourselves. Both internal and external silence is very important to feel the presence of that supreme love.” – Amit Ray

186. “To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.” – Taisen Deshimaru

187. “I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

178. “Do not follow the idea of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.” – Dōgen Zenji

189. “The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be.” – Maxime Lagacé

190. “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” – Lao Tzu

191. “Smile, breathe and go slowly.” – Thích Nhất Hạnh

192. “Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear?” – Lao Tzu

193. “Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention.” – Robert Greene

194. “Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain.” – Sathya Sai Baba

195. “Zen is an to become alert and awake.” – Osho

196. “It is easy to believe we are each waves and forget we are also the ocean.” – Jon J. Muth

197. “Zen teaches nothing, it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points.” – D.T. Suzuki

198. “When you’ve understood this scripture, throw it away. If you can’t understand this scripture, throw it away. I insist on your freedom.” –

199. “When the mind is exhausted of images, it invents its own.” – Gary Snyder

200. “Haiku is not a shriek, a howl, a sigh, or a yawn; rather, it is the deep breath of life.” – Santoka Taneda

201. “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.” – Kamal Ravikant

202. “For your past, for your flaws, and ultimately for your stress; I judge no one whom I’ve met along the way because in a sense we were all wounded in our own ways.” – Forrest Curran

203. “You’ve got to live right, too. It’s the way you live that predisposes you to avoid the traps and see the right facts.” – Robert M. Pirsig

204. “To escape from the world means that one’s mind is not concerned with the opinions of the world.” – Dōgen

205. “A great tree develops over time and can tell stories not only those of happiness, but also those that contain pain from what it has seen over the years, and as a result is the wise ancient tree that it is today. As the seasons change, the tree naturally goes through changes as well, where the leaves turn yellow and orange in the fall, falling by the Winter, returning in the Spring, and with a full set of new leafs by the Summer. Love is no different in that there will be times when we are fully naked in the Winter, and left to wonder about Spring when it seemed so easy to love, yet the wise tree knows that no winter will last forever no matter how cold it may be.” – Forrest Curran

206. “Your judgments about another person say more about your own character than the character of the person you are pointing a finger at.” – Alaric Hutchinson

207. “Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

208. “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.” – Huang Po

209. “That stone Buddha deserves all the birdshit it gets. I wave my skinny arms like a tall flower in the wind.” – Ikkyu

210. “Always ask yourself, ‘What will happen if I say nothing?’” – Kamand Kojour

211. “Zen in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.” – D.T. Suzuki

212. “To preserve the silence within, amid all the noise. To remain open and quiet, a moist humus in the fertile darkness where the rain falls and the grain ripens, no matter how many tramp across the parade ground in whirling dust under an arid sky.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

213. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

214. “Zen practice is to open up our small minds.” –  Shunryu Suzuki

215. “We become so absorbed in our flaws and faults that we forget that it is better to be a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. To have flaws is beauty in itself, a fact so frightening that we hurry to hide them from sight and tarnish the whole in the process of comparing ourselves to others.” – Forrest Curran

216. “Who we are now is all that really matters.” – Amy Joy

217. “Friendship is the purest love. It is the highest form of Love where nothing is asked for, no condition, where one simply enjoys giving.” – Osho

218. “When it is understood that one loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them, the essence of natural farming will be realized. The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

219. “As I naturally go through a full range of emotions in my life, I mustn’t feel ashamed for feeling lost, for it is honest and human to feel such.” – Forrest Curran

220. “Wise men don’t judge―they seek to understand.” – Wei Wu Wei

221. “Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him?” – Zhuangzi

222. “Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it is dark.” – Zen Proverb

223. “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.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

224. “He knows not where he’s going, for the ocean will decide. It’s not the destination. It’s the glory of the ride.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

225. “Stay in the center, and you will be ready to move in any direction.” – Alan Watts

226. “Some we proudly display on our arms, while others we shyly conceal. Tattoo the moments of sorrow as well as the moments of splendor and beauty. Tattoo in an acknowledgment and tribute to home, and tattooing your beliefs that define who you are. Whether we intended to or not, every moment of our lives are tattooed to our heart.” – Forrest Curran

227. “The trouble is, you think you have time.” – Buddha

228. “In Zen we have no gurus.” – Frederick Lenz 

229. “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” – Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki

230. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” –  Zen Proverb

231. “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.” – Ryokan

232. “Commander, I always used to consider that you had a definite anti-authoritarian streak in you.” – Terry Pratchett

233. “Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.” – Confucius

234. “Where there are humans, you’ll find flies, and Buddhas.” – Kobayashi Issa

235. “The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.” – Robert M. Pirsig

236. “Preoccupied with a single leaf you won’t see the tree.” – Vagabond

237. “Wild women are an unexplainable spark of life. They ooze freedom and seek awareness, they belong to nobody but themselves yet give a piece of who they are to everyone they meet. If you have met one, hold on to her, she’ll allow you into her chaos but she’ll also show you her magic.” – Nikki Rowe

238. “In pale moonlight, the wisteria’s scent comes from far away.” – Yosa Buson

239. “All true artists, whether they know it or not, create from a place of no-mind, from inner stillness.” – Eckhart Tolle



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