Zen Sayings : 56 Famous Zen Quotes To Make Your Life Simple

Zen Sayings and Proverbs

Zen is the school of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen is the practice of spiritual awakening, to experience life in the moment, “now”. Zen especially focuses on self-control, study of Buddha’s nature and meditation practice by sitting in straight  posture and focusing on your breath at the same time letting your ego and consciousness melt away. Zen is so simple, in fact due to its simplicity it is really hard to grasp. I know this is kind of contradictory statement 🙂

Zen is much more deeper than just meditation, it’s about found yourself by observation of your thoughts and finding answers to deeply rooted questions about life. Let me point out at higher level what will be the benefits of Zen.

Benefits of Zen Meditation :

Helps you to get out of depression

Reduce anxiety and stress

Increase confidence and faith

Improve overall health and keeps you joyful

Stillness in Mind

These are just few benefits which you will observe once you start your Zen meditation. Wisdom makes mind calm and help you to get better decision that is why Zen majorly focuses on Gautama Buddha teachings. I have collected some of the best Zen Quotes to make your life simple and mind peaceful.

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List of Zen Sayings : 56 Famous Zen Quotes To Make Your Life Simple

1. “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

2. “Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.”

~Shunryu Suzuki

3. “The goal of practice is always to keep our beginner’s mind”

~Shunryu Suzuki

4. “One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield”

~Buddha

5. “In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light”

~Dogen Zenji

6. “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

7. “There is no connection between I myself yesterday and I myself in this moment”

~Shunryu Suzuki

8. “Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions. They have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma”

~Dogen Zenji

9. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again”

~Buddha

10. “The past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There’s only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment”

~Buddha

11. “To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be awakened by all things”

~Dogen

12. “Just continue in your calm, ordinary practice and your character will be built up”

~Shunryu Suzuki

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

~Zen Proverb

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

~Zen Proverb

15. “When you reach the top, keep climbing”

~ Zen Proverb

16. “True communication depends upon our being straightforward with one another. But the best way to communicate may be just to sit without saying anything”

~Shunryu Suzuki

17. “Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the Gods made for fun”

~Alan Watts

18. “It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others”

~ Zen Saying

19. “You only lose what you cling to”

~Buddha

20. “If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

21. “When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. If you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer”

~Shunryu Suzuki

22. “Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong”

~Zen Proverb

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

~Shunryu Suzuki

24. “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

25. “Building character is like making bread—you have to mix it little by little, step by step, and moderate temperature is needed. You know yourself quite well, and you know how much temperature you need. You know exactly what you need. But if you get too excited, you will forget how much temperature is good for you, and you will lose your own way. This is very dangerous”

~Shunryu Suzuki

26. “One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world”

~Dogen

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

~Bodhidharma

28. “ When you seek it, you cannot find it”

~ Zen Saying

29. “For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them”

~Thich Nhat Hanh

30. “We can say either that we make progress little by little, or that we do not even expect to make progress. Just to be sincere and make our full effort in each moment is enough”

~Shunryu Suzuki

31. “Those who are attached only to the result of their effort will not have any chance to appreciate it, because the result will never come”

~Shunryu Suzuki

32. “Inspiring others towards happiness brings you happiness”

~Zen Saying

33. “If the problem has a solution, worrying is pointless; in the end the problem will be solved. If the problem has no solution, there is no reason to worry, because it can’t be solved”

~Zen Proverbs

34. “If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything, it is open to everything. In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s mind there are few”

~Shunryu Suzuki

35. “Sit, walk, or run, but don’t wobble”

~Zen Saying

36. “To understand everything is to forgive everything”

~Gautama Siddhartha

37. “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”

~Dogen Zenji

38. “It is a man’s own mind, not his enemy or foe, that lures him to evil ways”

~Buddha

39. “All that we are is the result of what we have thought : it is founded on our thoughts and made up of our thoughts. If a man speak or act with an evil thought, suffering follows him as the wheel follows the hoof of the beast that draws the wagon. If a man speak or act with a good thought, happiness follows him like a shadow that never leaves him”

~Buddha

40. “The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear”

~Lao Tzu

41. “What was never lost can never be found”

~Zen Saying

42. “The obstacle is the path”

~Zen Saying

43. “A man is not called wise because he talks and talks again; but if he is peaceful, loving and fearless then he is in truth called wise”

~Buddha

44. “Move and the way will open”

~ Zen Proverb

45. “Breathe deep and let go”

~Zen Saying

46. “Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone”

~Alan Watts

47. “As rain falls equally on the just and the unjust, do not burden your heart with judgments but rain your kindness equally on all”

~Buddha

48. “Mind your thoughts, as they become your words. Mind your words, as they become your actions. Mind your actions, as they become you”

~Buddha

49. “Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realization”

~Gene Clark

50. “Roaring dreams take place in a perfectly silent mind”

~Jack Kerouac

51. “There is nothing more dreadful than the habit of doubt. Doubt separates people. It is a poison that disintegrates friendships and breaks up pleasant relations. It is a thorn that irritates and hurts; it is a sword that kills”

~Buddha

52. “When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear”

~Zen Proverb

53. “No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place”

~Zen Proverb

54. “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”

~Buddha

55. “Do Not Speak Unless It Improves On Silence”

~Zen Saying

56. “A dog is not considered a good dog because he is a good barker. A man is not considered a good man because he is a good talker”

~Buddha

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Last thing to my readers, I would like to hear from you…

Let me know in comments, Which of the above Zen sayings you like the most ?

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Neeraj Kaple

Neeraj Kaple is a software engineer based in Mumbai. He writes articles which motivates/inspire people to achieve their goals. He also writes about software's, blogging tools, internet marketing and how-to guides on his another Blog Techmazic.com.

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