500 Zen Quotes

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Zen Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15. “Wherever you are, be there totally.” – Eckhart Tolle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

24. “Still your waters.” – Josh Waitzkin

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

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

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

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

29. “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

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

31. “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.” – Bruce Lee

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

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

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

35. “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

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

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

38. “Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax.” – Osho

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

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

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

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

43. “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.” – D.T. Suzuki

44. “Zen practice is to open up our small mind.” – Shunryu Suzuki

45. “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.” – Frederick Lenz

46. “Zen teaches that if we can open up to the inevitability of our demise, we can begin to transform and lighten up about it.” – Allen Klein

47. “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.” – Osho

48. “Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realisation.” – Gene Clark

49. “To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” – Confucius

50. “If you chase two rabbits, you catch none.” – Confucius

51. “Do not think you will necessarily be aware of your own enlightenment.” – Dogen

52. “To study Buddhism is to study ourselves. To study ourselves is to forget ourselves.” – Dogen

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

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

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

56. “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

57. “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.” – Confucius

58. “Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.” – Lao Tzu

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

60. “If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – 14th Dalai Lama

61. “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” – Bruce Lee

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

63. “The first and the best victory is to conquer self.” – Plato

64. “All know the way, but few actually walk it.” – Bodhidharma

65. “Not engaging in ignorance is wisdom.” – Bodhidharma

66. “The essence of the Way is detachment.” – Bodhidharma

67. “Act without expectation.” – Lao Tzu

68. “Not creating delusions is enlightenment.” – Bodhidharma

69. “All things are difficult before they are easy.” – Thomas Fuller

70. “Words diminish meanings; these words included.” – Unknown

71. “Don’t be afraid to just sit and watch.” – Anthony Bourdain

72. “Your mind wants control. Life wants change.” – Maxime Lagacé

73. “Become comfortable with not knowing.” – Eckhart Tolle

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

75. “Be present above all else.” – Naval Ravikant

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

77. “Love all. Serve all. Help ever. Hurt never.” – Sathya Sai Baba

78. “Don’t try to steer the river.” – Deepak Chopra

79. “To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” – Confucius

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

81. “Don’t curse the darkness, light a candle.” – Confucius

82. “Body and mind dropped off.” – Dogen

83. “Those who seek the easy way do not seek the true way.” – Dogen

84. “Enlightenment is intimacy with all things.” – Dogen

85. “A zen master’s life is one continuous mistake.” – Dogen

86. “Now I know what success is: living your truth, sharing it.” – Kamal Ravikant

87. “I follow four dictates: face it, accept it, deal with it, then let it go.” – Sheng-yen

88. “To live – is that not enough?” – D.T. Suzuki

89. “Zen has no business with ideas.” – D.T. Suzuki

90. “Sleep is the best meditation.” – 14th Dalai Lama

91. “Movement is evil. Being still is good.” – Ben Caesar

92. “Life is a second-by-second miracle.” – Joko Beck

93. “In the highest level a man has the look of knowing nothing.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

94. “Singlemindedness is all-powerful.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

95. “If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” – Sun Tzu

96. “The personal life deeply lived always expands into truths beyond itself.” – Anais Nin

97. “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” – Confucius

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

99. “Truth makes you rise to new heights, no matter where you are.” – Kamal Ravikant

100. “These mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” – Najwa Zebian

101. “Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

102. “Little people overwhelmed by emotions. Zen people are calm and detached.” – Maxime Lagacé

103. “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.” – D.T. Suzuki

104. “In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.” – Sun Tzu

105. “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.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

106. “Purity is something that cannot be attained except by piling effort upon effort.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

107. “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

108. “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.” – Robert M. Pirsig

109. “A man is great not because he hasn’t failed; a man is great because failure hasn’t stopped him.” – Confucius

110. “There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.” – 14th Dalai Lama

111. “My daily affairs are quite ordinary; but I’m in total harmony with them.” – Layman Pang

112. “Unhappiness and rain just drift by and are gone, they are visitors.” – John Aske

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

114. “Confuse them with your silence and amaze them with your actions.” – Unknown

115. “I don’t hold on to anything, don’t reject anything; nowhere an obstacle or conflict.” – Layman Pang

116. “We just let it happen… and that’s the beauty of this technique.” – Bob Ross

117. “Just as parents care for their children, you should bear in mind the whole universe.” – Dogen

118. “If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.” – 14th Dalai Lama

119. “A true Zen saying: “Nothing is what I want.” – Frank Zappa

120. “When I’m riding my bicycle I feel like a Buddhist who is happy just to enjoy his mundane existence.” – Robin Williams

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

122. “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.” – Ryōkan

123. “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.” – Seungsahn

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

125. “The menu is not the meal.” – Alan Watts

126. “Zen is nothing to get excited about.” – Shunryu Suzuki

127. “Do not be too interested in Zen.” – Shunryu Suzuki

128. “We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

130. “Cease from practice based on intellectual understanding, pursuing words, and following after speech.” – Dogen

131. “It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.” – Epictetus

132. “They call it ‘peace of mind’ but maybe it should be called ‘peace from mind.” – Naval Ravikant

133. “Your mind is a mad monkey trying to understand life which is unfair and crazy. Get used to it.” – Maxime Lagacé

134. “To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.” – Sengcan

135. “But as long as you think you are practicing zazen for the sake of something, that is not true practice.” – Shunryu Suzuki

136. “Pursue not the outer entanglements; dwell not in the inner void; be serene in the oneness of things; and dualism vanishes by itself.” – Sengcan

137. “Matters of great concern should be treated lightly. Matters of small concern should be treated seriously.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

138. “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.” – Sengcan

139. “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen

140. “Why do you so earnestly seek the truth in distant places? Look for delusion and truth in the bottom of your own heart.” – Ryōkan

141. “The thief left it behind: the moon at my window.” – Ryōkan

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

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

144. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

145. “One has not understood until one has forgotten it.” – D.T. Suzuki

146. “A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.” – Confucius

147. “To be truly ignorant, be content with your own knowledge.” – Zhuangzi

148. “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.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

149. “When you understand one thing through and through, you understand everything. When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything.” – Shunryu Suzuki

150. “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?.” – D.T. Suzuki

151. “If you want something then you lose everything. If you don’t want anything then you already have everything.” – Seungsahn

152. “To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist – if you say you are, you probably aren’t.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

153. “The foolish reject what they see, not what they think; the wise reject what they think, not what they see.” – Huang Po

154. “A wise man speaks because he has something to say; a fool because he has to say something.” – Plato

155. “Un-think. Un-learn. Un-know. Un-believe. Un-speculate. Un-seek. Un-strive. Un-fear. Lose your mind and effortlessly be.” – Brian Thompson

156. “Knowledge is learning something everyday. Wisdom is letting go of something everyday.” – Unknown

157. “Don’t be satisfied with your accomplishment, nor be dissatisfied with it.” – Unknown

158. “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.” – Maxime Lagacé

159. “You can have the mind or you can have the moment.” – Naval Ravikant

160. “Obstacles don’t block the path, they are the path.” – Zen proverb

161. “Prefer to be defeated in the presence of the wise than to excel among fools.” – Dogen

162. “The greatest effort is not concerned with results.” – Atisa

163. “Do not look for a sanctuary in anyone except your self.” – Buddha

164. “To be in harmony with the wholeness of things is not to have anxiety over imperfections.” – Dogen

165. “Here it is – right now. Start thinking about it and you miss it.” – Huang Po

166. “Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.” – John Bradshaw

167. “Little people seek lasting happiness in the material world. Zen people seek understanding first and then find lasting peace.” – Maxime Lagacé

168. “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.” – Frederick Lenz

169. “All I can guarantee you is that as long as you are searching for happiness, you will remain unhappy.” – U.G. Krishnamurti

170. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

171. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

172. “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.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

173. “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.” – Yamamoto Tsunetomo

174. “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.” – Thich Thien-An

175. “Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Zhuangzi

176. “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.” – Karen Maezen Miller

177. “Live the life in front of you, be the life you are, and see what you find out for yourself.” – Karen Maezen Miller

178. “People of this world are deluded. They’re always longing for something – always, in a word, seeking.” – Bodhidharma

179. “When you bow, you should just bow; when you sit, you should just sit; when you eat, you should just eat.” – Shunryu Suzuki

180. “When there is no gaining idea in what you do, then you do something.” – Shunryu Suzuki

181. “So if you do something, you should be observant, and careful, and alert.” – Shunryu Suzuki

182. “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.” – Taizan Maezumi

183. “I am not devaluing thoughts. Just do not mix up what we think with what actually is.” – Taizan Maezumi

184. “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.” – Joko Beck

185. “There is one thing in life that you can always rely on: life being as it is.” – Joko Beck

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

187. “To see things for what they are is to see with the eyes of the vastness itself.” – Suzanne Segal

188. “When reading, only read. When eating, only eat. When thinking, only think.” – Seungsahn

189. “When we do not expect anything we can be ourselves.” – Shunryu Suzuki

190. “Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it.” – Bruce Lee

191. “If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.” – Bruce Lee

192. “Detachment is necessary for peace, and peace is necessary for happiness.” – Naval Ravikant

193. “The phrase that I use the most to myself in my head is one word: accept.” – Naval Ravikant

194. “The more I expect things to be a certain way, the more I reject reality, the more I risk being disappointed.” – Maxime Lagacé

195. “If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.” – Rabindranath Tagore

196. “If you want to travel the Way of Buddhas and Zen masters, then expect nothing, seek nothing, and grasp nothing.” – Dogen

197. “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.” – Joe Dispenza

198. “Once you stop clinging and let things be, you’ll be free, even of birth and death. You’ll transform everything.” – Bodhidharma

199. “Obey the nature of things (your own nature), and you will walk freely and undisturbed.” – Sengcan

200. “Do not become caught in the teaching. You must be able to let it go.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

201. “You have to learn how to sit without fighting. If you know how to sit like that, sitting is very pleasant.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

202. “Just let things be in their own way and there will be neither coming nor going.” – Sengcan

203. “Drop the craving for self, for permanence, for particular circumstances, and go straight ahead with the movement of life.” – Alan Watts

204. “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.” – Lodro Rinzler

205. “Let go. Let be. See through everything and be free, complete, luminous, at home – at ease.” – Lama Surya Das

206. “The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.” – Shunryu Suzuki

207. “Our way is not to sit to acquire something; it is to express our true nature. That is our practice.” – Shunryu Suzuki

208. “Do not be trapped by the need to achieve anything. This way, you achieve everything.” – Frank Herbert

209. “Think of patience as an act of being open to whatever comes your way.” – Lodro Rinzler

210. “A Buddha is an idle person. He doesn’t run around after fortune and fame.” – Bodhidharma

211. “Life is a balance between rest and movement.” – Rajneesh

212. “Next to love, balance is the most important thing.” – John Wooden

213. “A warrior balances solitude and dependence.” – Paulo Coelho

214. “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

215. “To only way to reach quality it to be all in.” – Maxime Lagacé

216. “He who loves with purity considers not the gift of the lover, but the love of the giver.” – Thomas a Kempis

217. “Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.” – Confucius

218. “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.” – Albert Einstein

219. “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

220. “He who is self-conceited has no superiority allowed to him.” – Lao Tzu

221. “The most transformative experience has been the simple act of loving myself.” – Kamal Ravikant

222. “Being attached to someone is not about the other person. It is about your own sense of inadequacy.” – Jaggi Vasudev

223. “Any love is a home-sickness, a longing for a lost paradise.” – Jean Klein

224. “A man walking is never in balance but always correcting for imbalance.” – Gregory Bateson

225. “The more we value things, the less we value ourselves.” – Bruce Lee

226. “Love is the absence of judgment.” – 14th Dalai Lama

227. “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.” – 14th Dalai Lama

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

229. “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.” – Suzanne Segal

230. “When we have our body and mind in order, everything else will exist in the right place, in the right way.” – Shunryu Suzuki

231. “More important than any stage which you will attain is your sincerity, your right effort.” – Shunryu Suzuki

232. “In deep self acceptance, grows a compassionate understanding.” – Jack Kornfield

233. “There is not secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves.” – Frank Herbert

234. “I live by four simple words. Love. Being. Here. Now.” – Todd Crawshaw

235. “The mind: A beautiful servant, a dangerous master.” – Osho

236. “Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed.” – Confucius

237. “Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” – Benjamin Disraeli

238. “The best cure for the body is a quiet mind.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

239. “Your whole world happens in your mind. Make sure you give it ample amount of love and care. Are you?” – Maxime Lagacé

240. “Peace of mind produces right values, right values produce right thoughts. Right thoughts produce right actions.” – Mark Richardson

241. “As you become more and more deeply rooted in witnessing, thoughts start disappearing. You are, but the mind is utterly empty.” – Osho

242. “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.” – Michael Ende

243. “Keep your heart clear and transparent, and you will never be bound. A single disturbed thought creates ten thousand distractions.” – Ryōkan

244. “The mind is the root from which all things grow. If you can understand the mind, everything else is included.” – Bodhidharma

245. “You are, after all, what you think. Your emotions are the slaves to your thoughts, and you are the slave to your emotions.” – Elizabeth Gilbert

246. “Distraction is the main problem for us all – what the Buddha called the monkey mind. We need to tame this monkey mind.” – Tenzin Palmo

247. “The word ‘innocence’ means a mind that is incapable of being hurt.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

248. “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is open to everything.” – Shunryu Suzuki

249. “True depth of understanding is wide and steady. Shallow understanding is lazy and wandering.” – Zhuangzi

250. “It is only with total humility, and in absolute stillness of mind that we can know what indeed we are.” – Wei Wu Wei

251. “If moment by moment you can keep your mind clear then nothing will confuse you.” – Sheng-yen

252. “A mind that worries about the past is distracted, and a mind that worries about the future is delusional.” – Cheng Yen

253. “Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious.” – D.T. Suzuki

254. “Buddha means awareness, the awareness of body and mind that prevents evil from arising in either.” – Bodhidharma

255. “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?” – Sengcan

256. “The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind.” – Sengcan

257. “What pleases our mind is not dangerous enough.” – Kazuaki Tanahashi

258. “Within our impure mind the pure one is to be found.” – Huineng

259. “Time does not change us. It just unfolds us.” – Max Frisch

260. “I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.” – Albert Einstein

261. “The memory of everything is very soon overwhelmed in time.” – Marcus Aurelius

262. “Are you attached to the old and the dead or detached, dynamic and alert to the present?” – Maxime Lagacé

263. “Time is the fire in which we burn.” – Gene Roddenberry

264. “Our opinions have no permanence; like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.” – Zhuangzi

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

266. “The more a thing tends to be permanent, the more it tends to be lifeless.” – Alan Watts

267. “See and realize that this world is not permanent. Neither late nor early flowers will remain.” – Ryōkan

268. “Every day passes whether you participate or not.” – Ming Dao Deng

269. “Unless we die to ourselves, we can never be alive again.” – D.T. Suzuki

270. “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.” – Robert M. Pirsig

271. “When we realize the everlasting truth of “everything changes” and find our composure in it, we find ourselves in Nirvana.” – Shunryu Suzuki

272. “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.” – William Shakespeare

273. “Time is the coin of life. Only you can determine how it will be spent.” – Carl Sandburg

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

275. “Whether we like it or not, change comes, and the greater the resistance, the greater the pain.” – Alan Watts

276. “Don’t waste your time chasing butterflies. Mend your garden, and the butterflies will come.” – Mario Quintana

277. “There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change.” – Confucius

278. “Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” – 14th Dalai Lama

279. “We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” – D.T. Suzuki

280. “Reality is created by the mind, we can change our reality by changing our mind.” – Plato

281. “The truth is not always beautiful, nor beautiful words the truth.” – Lao Tzu

282. “Little people reject reality which brings confusion. Zen people accept reality which brings understanding.” – Maxime Lagacé

283. “Realisation is a matter of becoming conscious of that which is already realised.” – Wei Wu Wei

284. “Unless it grows out of yourself no knowledge is really yours, it is only borrowed plumage.” – D.T. Suzuki

285. “The Truth is realized in an instant; the Act is practiced step by step.” – Seungsahn

286. “But opinions, judgments, memories, dreaming about the future—ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality.” – Joko Beck

287. “If you forget yourself, you become the universe.” – Hakuin Ekaku

288. “No word matters. But man forgets reality and remembers words.” – Roger Zelazny

289. “Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away.” – Hakuin Ekaku

290. “It is easier for the world to accept a simple lie than a complex truth.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

291. “The way of Zen is to become independent and strong. Don’t rely on others for perceptions of life and truth. Do it individually.” – Frederick Lenz

292. “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.” – Dogen

293. “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.” – Sengcan

294. “If you are under control, you lose the danger of glimpsing an unknown realm.” – Kazuaki Tanahashi

295. “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.” – Bodhidharma

296. “The farther away you are from the truth, the more the hateful and pleasurable states will arise.” – Bodhidharma

297. “The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They’re not the Way.” – Bodhidharma

298. “Reality has no inside, outside, or middle part.” – Bodhidharma

299. “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.” – Sengcan

300. “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.” – Alan Watts

301. “A mind full of preconceived ideas, subjective intentions, or habits is not open to things as they are.” – Shunryu Suzuki

302. “He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know.” – Lao Tzu

303. “When there is no desire, all things are at peace.” – Lao Tzu

304. “Countless words count less than the silent balance between yin and yang.” – Lao Tzu

305. “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.” – Alan Watts

306. “You should rather be grateful for the weeds, because eventually they will enrich your practice.” – Shunryu Suzuki

307. “You must let what happens happen. Everything must be equal in your eyes, good and evil, beautiful and ugly, foolish and wise.” – Michael Ende

308. “Taoism is the profoundest nonconformism that has ever been evolved anywhere in the world, at any time in history; essentially it is rebellion.” – Osho

309. “Taoism has no rules. It’s a suggestion for perceiving life in its wholeness, without unnecessary categorization, yet enjoying the beauty of categorization.” – Frederick Lenz

310. “Taoism is the gentle way. The path of least resistance.” – Frederick Lenz

311. “Taoism is the way of water. The most frequent element or symbol referred to in Lao Tzu’s writings is the symbol of water.” – Frederick Lenz

312. “Taoism is simply the complete acceptance of yourself as you are right in this moment.” – Sheila M. Burke

313. “Accept everything just the way it is.” – Miyamoto Musashi

314. “Think lightly of yourself and deeply of the world.” – Miyamoto Musashi

315. “The flame that burns Twice as bright burns half as long.” – Lao Tzu

316. “If you try to change it, you will ruin it. Try to hold it, and you will lose it.” – Lao Tzu

317. “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.” – Lao Tzu

318. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

319. “Patience from a Buddhist perspective is not a “wait and see” attitude, but rather one of “just be there.” – Lodro Rinzler

320. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

321. “Buddhism may be summed up in two phrases: “Let go!” and “Walk on!”.” – Alan Watts

322. “Suffering is when we resist the moment.” – Kamal Ravikant

323. “Those who are free of resentful thoughts surely find peace.” – Buddha

324. “Life is hard, unfair, surprising, and painful. Get used to it.” – Maxime Lagacé

325. “Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.” – Confucius

326. “We are not disturbed by what happens to us, but by our thoughts about what happens to us.” – Epictetus

327. “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.” – Lama Surya Das

328. “Stress is caused by being “here” but wanting to be “there”.” – Eckhart Tolle

329. “Guilt, regret, resentment, sadness and all forms of nonforgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough presence.” – Eckhart Tolle

330. “Any effort that has self-glorification as its final endpoint is bound to end in disaster.” – Robert M. Pirsig

331. “Anger, ego, jealousy are the biggest diseases. Keep yourself aloof from these three diseases.” – Sathya Sai Baba

332. “The saint is a man who disciplines his ego. The sage is a man who rids himself of his ego.” – Wei Wu Wei

333. “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.” – D.T. Suzuki

334. “Unless we agree to suffer we cannot be free from suffering.” – D.T. Suzuki

335. “The trying to do something is in itself enlightenment. When we are in difficulty or distress, there we have enlightenment.” – Shunryu Suzuki

336. “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.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

337. “Nirvana means to extinguish the burning fires of the Three Poisons: greed, anger, and ignorance. This can be accomplished by letting go of dissatisfaction.” – Shinjo Ito

338. “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 (or employee), every illness, every loss, every moment of joy or depression, every addiction, every piece of garbage, every breath. Every moment is the guru.” – Joko Beck

339. “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.” – Joko Beck

340. “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’.” – Huang Po

341. “The ignorant mind, with its infinite afflictions, passions, and evils, is rooted in the three poisons. Greed, anger, and delusion.” – Bodhidharma

342. “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.” – Ming-Dao Deng

343. “If you haven’t wept deeply, you haven’t begun to meditate.” – Ajahn Chah

344. “An outside enemy exists only if there is anger inside.” – Thubten Zopa Rinpoche

345. “Hating someone makes them important. Forgiving them makes them obsolete.” – Unknown

346. “Pain doesn’t last. And when it’s gone, we have something to show for it. Growth.” – Kamal Ravikant

347. “Why seek a doctrine? As soon as you have a doctrine, you fall into dualistic thought.” – Huang Po

348. “Your body and mind are the field. Suffering is the seed, wisdom the sprout, and buddhahood the grain.” – Bodhidharma

349. “A Buddha is someone who finds freedom in good fortune and bad.” – Bodhidharma

350. “I haven’t learned how to confront a problem by avoiding it.” – Brian Spellman

351. “Trees are like people. They all have a few flaws in them.” – Bob Ross

352. “You are the sky. Everything else – it’s just the weather.” – Pema Chödrön

353. “A lily or a rose never pretends, and its beauty is that it is what it is.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti

354. “Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.” – Matsuo Basho

355. “If you become restless, speed up. If you become winded, slow down. You climb the mountain in an equilibrium between restlessness and exhaustion.” – Robert M. Pirsig

356. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” – A.A. Milne

357. “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.” – Ming-Dao Deng

358. “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.” – Huineng

359. “A flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it. It just blooms.” – Zen Shin

360. “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.” – Seungsahn

361. “The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity.” – D.T. Suzuki

362. “When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair nets.” – Nabil Sabio Azadi

363. “Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” – Confucius

364. “A flower falls, even though we love it; and a weed grows, even though we do not love it.” – Dogen

365. “Zen is a quiet thing. It listens.” – Howard Fast

366. “Awareness allows us get outside of your mind and observe it in action.” – Dan Brule

367. “Those who seek the truth by means of intellect and learning only get further and further away from it.” – Huang Po

368. “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.” – Osho

369. “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

370. “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.” – Huang Po

371. “Be soft in your practice. Think of the method as a fine silvery stream, not a raging waterfall.” – Sheng-yen

372. “Meditation is a secular practice, not a religious practice.” – Abhijit Naskar

373. “There is only the one reality, neither to be realized nor attained.” – Huang Po

374. “There is no beginning to practice nor end to enlightenment; There is no beginning to enlightenment nor end to practice.” – Dogen

375. “For the beginner, practice without effort is not true practice.” – Shunryu Suzuki

376. “It will take quite a long time before you find your calm, serene mind in your practice.” – Shunryu Suzuki

377. “It is when your practice is rather greedy that you become discouraged with it.” – Shunryu Suzuki

378. “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.” – Sheng-yen

379. “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.” – Taizan Maezumi

380. “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.” – Joko Beck

381. “Those who worship don’t know, and those who know don’t worship.” – Bodhidharma

382. “In contemplation, one’s mind should be stable and unmoving, like a wall.” – Bodhidharma

383. “Even to be attached to the idea of enlightenment is to go astray.” – Sengcan

384. “The obstacle is the path.” – Zen proverb

385. “Move and the way will open.” – Zen proverb

386. “Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.” – Zen proverb

387. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” – Zen proverb

388. “You should sit and meditate for 20 minutes, unless you’re too busy, then you should sit and meditate or an hour.” – Zen proverb

389. “The wise adapt themselves to circumstances, as water molds itself to the pitcher.” – Zen proverb

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

391. “When walking, walk. When eating, eat.” – Zen proverb

392. “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” – Zen proverb

393. “When you reach the top of the mountain, keep climbing.” – Zen proverb

394. “To live is enough.” – Shunryu Suzuki

395. “Calmness in activity is true calmness.” – Shunryu Suzuki

396. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

397. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

398. “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.” – Shunryu Suzuki

399. “What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale.” – Shunryu Suzuki

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

401. “We should not hoard knowledge; we should be free from our knowledge.” – Shunryu Suzuki

402. “The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind.” – Shunryu Suzuki

403. “Sincerity itself is the railroad track.” – Shunryu Suzuki

404. “When something dies is the greatest teaching.” – Shunryu Suzuki

405. “Doing nothing is better than being busy doing nothing.” – Lao Tzu

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

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

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

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

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

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

412. “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

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

414. “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

415. “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

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

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

418. “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

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

420. “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

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

422. “The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering.” – Ram Dass

423. “Have good trust in yourself, not in the One that you think you should be, but in the One that you are.” – Taizan Maezumi

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

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

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

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

428. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.” – Alan Wilson Watts

429. “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.” – Ray Bradbury

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

431. “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

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

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

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

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

436. “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

437. “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

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

439. “Where there are humans, You’ll find flies, And Buddhas.” – Kobayashi Issa

440. “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

441. “The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” – Masanobu Fukuoka

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

443. “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.” – Amit Ray

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

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

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

447. “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

448. “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

449. “One day in my shoes and a day for me in your shoes, the beauty of travel lies in the ease and willingness to be more open.” – Forrest Curran

450. “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

451. “Always ask yourself: “What will happen if I say nothing?” – Kamand Kojouri

452. “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

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

454. “Don’t think of what you have to do, don’t consider how to carry it out!” he exclaimed. “The shot will only go smoothly when it takes the archer himself by surprise.” – Eugen Herrigel

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

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

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

458. “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

459. “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

460. “You are not limited to this body, to this mind, or to this reality – you are a limitless ocean of Consciousness, imbued with infinite potential. You are existence itself.” – Joseph P. Kauffman

461. “Nothing can be gained by extensive study and wide reading. Give them up immediately.” – Dōgen

462. “we’re lost where the mind can’t find us utterly lost” – Ikkyu

463. “To travel is to be alive, but to get somewhere is to be dead.” – Alan Wilson Watts

464. “For eternally and always there is only now, one and the same now; the present is the only thing that has no end.” – Alan Wilson Watts

465. “When you blame, you open up a world of excuses, because as long as you’re looking outside, you miss the opportunity to look inside, and you continue to suffer.” – Donna Quesada

466. “But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind.” – Bodhidharma

467. “There had to be something wrong with my life. I should have been born a Yugoslavian shepherd who looked up at the Big Dipper every night.” – Haruki Murakami

468. “it isn’t that we’re alone or not alone whose voice do you want mine? Yours?” – Ikkyu

469. “What we can change is our perceptions, which have the effect of changing everything.” – Donna Quesada

470. “Bravery is the choice to show up and listen to another person, be it a loved one or perceived foe, even when it is uncomfortable, painful, or the last thing you want to do.” – Alaric Hutchinson

471. “Don’t wait for the man standing in the snow to cut off his arm help him now” – Ikkyu

472. “When mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, and when a thing can no longer offend it ceases to exist in the old way. When no discriminating thoughts arise, the old mind ceases to exist.” – Sengstan

473. “What makes human life – which is inseparable from this moment – so precious is its fleeting nature. And not that it doesn’t last but that it never returns again.” – Steve Hagen

474. “This will never come again” – Steve Hagen

475. “The point of the spiritual life is to realize Truth. But you will never understand the spiritual life, or realize Truth, if you measure it by your own yardstick.” – Dainin Katagiri

476. “Humility before the flower at the timber line is the gate which gives access to the path up the open fell.” – Dag Hammarskjöld

477. “The thinking brain influences the body’s responses and it makes a neat little loop.” – Brad Warner

478. “There’s a difference between intellect and intelligence. Noise propagates the former, silence the later. Intellect is inherited, intelligence is inherent.” – Drew Gerald

479. “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.” – Alan Wilson Watts

480. “Courage is often associated with aggression, but instead should be seen as a willingness to act from the heart.” – Donna Quesada

481. “I’d love to give you something but what would help?” – Ikkyu

482. “Do not seek for the truth, only stop having an opinion.” – Seng-Ts’an

483. “The object of your desire is not an object.” – Jack Gardner

484. “You are here to learn something. Don’t try to figure out what it is. This can be frustrating and unproductive.” – Steven L. Peck

485. “The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry; these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets.” – Reginald Horace Blyth

486. “You don’t think your way back to joy; you open to it.” – Donna Quesada

487. “The importance and unimportance of the self cannot be exaggerated.” – Reginald Horace Blyth

488. “It takes courage to become authentic. So many talk about the light but not enough speak the truth about the struggles it takes to get there and the tools to overcome it all.” – Nikki Rowe

489. “Nothing divides one so much as thought.” – Reginald Horace Blyth

490. “Love is being able to view a situation without adding duality to it.” – Alaric Hutchinson

491. “Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need” – Hui Hai

492. “Even the truth is just a mere thought.” – Mokokoma Mokhonoana

493. “It’s all about reprogramming our minds to focus more on what brings us joy.” – Alaric Hutchinson

494. “Whatever the world dishes up, we take it on–not on our own terms, but on the world’s.” – Steve Hagen

495. “I must go there today – Tomorrow the plum blossoms Will scatter.” – Ryōkan

496. “Clouds very high look not one word helped them get up there.” – Ikkyu

497. “Born born everything is always born thinking about it try not to.” – Ikkyu

498. “There is no problems, only solutions”.” – Vesa Peltonen

499. “Haters turn your followers into worshippers.” – Shunya

500. “Love and hate are two forms of the same energy. As soon as you close the outlet of love for someone, the outlet of hate opens up. Both outlets have to be closed if you don’t want to deplete your energy on someone.” – Shunya