Zen Quotes


Here are some great Zen quotes that I would like to share with you for your reading enjoyment and enlightenment. I encourage you to add any comments or quotes you would like to share.

Be master of mind, rather than mastered by mind - Zen Proverb


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


“When there is more gratitude, there is less distrust.”
– Cheng Yen


“When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld


“The art of teaching is clarity and the art of learning is to listen.”
– Vanda Scaravelli


“We take refuge in pride because we are afraid to tell the truth to ourselves.”
– Kakuzo Okakura


“The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.”
– Dogen


“Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend.”
– Martin Luther King


“Happiness does not come from having much, but from being attached to little.”
– Cheng Yen


“Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. It does not argue, it simply sings its own song.”
– Osho


“A man is not old until regrets take the place of his dreams.”
– John Barrymore


“Simplicity before understanding is simplistic; simplicity after understanding is simple.”
– Edward De Bono


“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”
– Baba Ram Dass


“God is a synergetic experience. Science can never reveal it, philosophy can never come to it – only a poetic approach, a very passive, very loving approach, can.”
– Osho


“Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy those are who already possess it.”
– Francois de La Rochefoucauld


“Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it.”
– Osho


“No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you’d be more productive.”
– Dr. Joyce Brothers


“Find a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.”
– Confucius


“Kindness should become the natural way of life,
not the exception.”

– Buddha


“This is the Zen approach: nothing is there to be done. There is nothing to do. One has just to be. Have a rest and be ordinary and be natural.”
– Osho

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