Thursday, April 2, 2009

10 Zen Quotes to Inspire You

Zen masters' quotes and saying are quite inspiring. Here's my pick of motivational Zen quotes.

Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the Way.
Langya, Zen Quote

All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence.
Zen Buddha Quote

Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one's own rules--this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.
DT Suzuki, quotes about Zen

The wind has settled, the blossoms have fallen;
Birds sing, the mountains grow dark --
This is the wondrous power of Buddhism.
Ryokan

There is nothing left to you at this moment but to have a good laugh.
Zen master’s thought

No thought, no reflection, no analysis, no cultivation, no intention; let it settle itself.
Tilopa, Zem master saying

Finally out of reach -
No bondage, no dependency.
How calm the ocean,
Towering the void.
Tessho quote

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
Shunryu Suzuki, Zen motivational quotation

Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water; after enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.
Zen Saying

First there is a mountain. Then there is no mountain. Then there is.
Zen Saying