Some people became enlightened when hearing or reading certain Zen quotes. Although this is quite rare, reading some inspirational texts will be helpful on your Zen path.
Work out your own salvation. Do not depend on others.
However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them? Buddha
Health for both mind and body comes from not mourning over the past, not worrying about the future, but to live the present moment wisely.
If you’re not a rat, you don’t have to race.
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha
I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on men because of how they act.
“Mind your thoughts, as they become your words. Mind your words, as they become your actions. Mind your actions, as they become you.”
You yourself must strive. The Buddhas only point the way.
Those meditative ones who tread the path are released from the bonds of Mara.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.
Relax, Nothing is under control.
The only real failure in life is not to be true to the best one knows.
Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.
No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.
Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering
Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faith the best relationship.
Trust in our truth. Faith in ourselves.
And a little bit of surrender.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles.
Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.
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.
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves.
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.
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
Recognize the ego for what it is: a collective dysfunction, the insanity of the human mind.
The problem with winning the rat race is: you’re still a rat.
A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep.
Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realisation.
Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass…
It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.
It’s not life.
It is living.
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 does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while peeling potatoes.
Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
It is not the pointing finger.
It is the direction.
It is not the Path.
It is the Walking.
There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.
Be grateful for everything you have, stay away from people who are negative, smile and keep running.
Fauja Singh-100 year old marathon runner
To pierce through the illusion of separateness, to realize that which lies beyond duality — that is a goal worthy of a lifetime.
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
Leonardo da Vinci
The Zen master said: who oppresses you?
The man who sought freedom said: No one!
The Zen master said: Then why do you desire for liberation?
One pupil said: I think therefore I am.
The master said: You think you are.
One pupil said: I am what I think.
The master said: Fat chance!
The finger pointing to the moon is not the moon.
Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe.
Follow the direction not the sign.
Before enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.
After enlightenment – chop wood, carry water.
Zen Buddhist Proverb
All that we are is the result of what we have thought.
The mind is everything.
What we think we become.
Pupil: Some people call you a cynic.
Master: What is cynicism?
Pupil: The notion that nothing has any use.
Master: What a useless idea!
Be soft in your practice.
Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.
Follow the stream.
The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.