65 Of The Most Powerful Zen Proverbs Of All Time.

By Higher Perspective

Zen Buddhism has always fascinated me pretty endlessly. I’ve always admired the words of Zen masters and get lost in the immensity of their knowledge. These are my favorite Zen sayings.

“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

“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.”- Eckhart Tolle

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

“Practice is this life, and realization is this life, and this life is revealed right here and now.”- Maezumi Roshi

“If you want to change the world, start with the next person who comes to you in need.”- B. D. Schiers

“My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now.”- Byron Katie

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

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

“When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it.”- Eckhart Tolle

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

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

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

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

“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”- Alan Watts

“The intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality… is the highest act of wisdom.”- D.T. Suzuki

“Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves – slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

“And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked.”- Dr. Seuss

“Heaven and earth and I are of the same root, The ten-thousand things and I are of one substance.”- Seng-chao

“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.

“Preparing food is not just about yourself and others. It is about everything!”- Shunryu Suzuki

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

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

“We are here to awaken from our illusion of separateness.”- Thích Nhat Hanh

“Heaven & earth & I are of the same root. Ten thousand things & I are of one substance.”- Sêng-chao

If we don’t occupy ourself with everything, then peaceful mind will have nowhere to abide.”- Shen-hui

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

“The Buddha talked about saving all beings from delusion, not converting them to a new religion.”- Buddhism Now

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

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

“People sleep, and when they die they wake.”- Muhammad

“Today, you can decide to walk in freedom. You can choose to walk differently. You can walk as a free person, enjoying every step.”- Thich Nhat Hanh

“When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.”- Zen Proverb

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

“Each step along the Buddha’s path to happiness requires practising mindfulness until it becomes part of your daily life.”- Henepola Gunaratana

“Power over others is weakness disguised as strength. True power is within & available to you now.”- Eckhart Tolle

“Body and mind dropped off.”- Dogen describing enlightenment

“Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.”- Ramesh Balsekar

“When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.”- Byron Katie

“The way out of life & death is not some special technique; essential thing is to penetrate to the root of life & death.”- Bukko

“The aim of spiritual life is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.”- Jack Kornfield

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”- Thích Nhat Hanh

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

“It’s not about approving or liking, but just being able to allow the world to be the way it is without resenting, hating, or judging it.”- Buddhism Now

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

“Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.”- Ramesh Balsekar

“When the mind is perfectly clear, what is is what we want.”- Byron Katie

“The way out of life & death is not some special technique; essential thing is to penetrate to the root of life & death.”- Bukko

“The aim of spiritual life is to awaken a joyful freedom, a benevolent and compassionate heart in spite of everything.”- Jack Kornfield

“People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.”- Thích Nhat Hanh

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

“It’s not about approving or liking, but just being able to allow the world to be the way it is without resenting, hating, or judging it.”- Buddhism Now

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

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”- Rumi

“Why is the tao so valuable? Because it is everywhere, and everyone can use it. This is why those who seek will find.”- Lao Tzu

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

“Any experience of reality is indescribable!”- R. D. Laing

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

“You’re never given more pain than you can handle. You never, ever get more than you can take.”- Byron Katie

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

“There is no mistake in nature.”- Byron Katie

“Still water has no mind to receive the image of the migrating geese.”- Zen Proverb

“All the things that truly matter, beauty, love, creativity, joy and inner peace arise from beyond the mind.”- Eckhart Tolle

“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color & fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.”- Buddha

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