27 Zen Quotes

Be inspired by our collection of zen quotes. Open your mind with zen and let these quotes help you along your life's journey. We have carefully selected quotes that we found most relevant and helpful when practicing zen and we hope you find them as enlightening as we did.


    He was powerful, not because he dominated the scene, but because he was true.Buddah
  1. He was powerful, not because he dominated the scene, but because he was true.

    Buddha



  2. Zazen reflects in the beautiful mirror of not seeing from your own telescope, and just zazen appears. Then we can say zazen is you; you are zazen.
    Dainin Katagiri, Each Moment Is the Universe: Zen and the Way of Being Time
    Wise



  3. Accordingly, in Buddhism everything without exception is relative, relational, nonsubstantial, and changeable. Even the divine (Buddha) does not exist by itself, but is entirely interrelated to humans and nature.
    Arvind Sharma, ‎Kathleen M. Dugan, A Dome of Many Colors: Studies in Religious Pluralism, Identity, and Unit
    Nature



  4. One can never find that which is only within by looking away. Huang Po & Thomas E. Uharriet, Zen Haiku: Haiku derived from the Zen Teachings of Huang Po on Mind Transmission
  5. One can never find that which is only within by looking away.
    Huang Po & Thomas E. Uharriet, Zen Haiku: Haiku derived from the Zen Teachings of Huang Po on Mind Transmission
    Inspirational Quotes



  6. Drop all images and concepts--including the image of dropping all concepts-- and simply breathe, act.
    Robert Epstein, Suffering Buddha: The Zen Way Beyond, Health and Illness
    Mindfulness



  7. As we become more humble and simple we then become fitting vessels for true power and true peace of mind to enter our lives.
    The Zen Road to Happiness: Simple Steps to Attaining Peace of Mind
    Inner Peace



  8. A reality exists, even before heaven and earth; It has no form, much less a name. Eyes fail to see it. No voice has it for ears to hear. To call it ''Mind'' or ''Buddha'' violates its nature. For then it becomes like some visionary flower in the air.
    James H. Austin, Zen-Brain Reflections
    Wisdom Quotes



  9. Human happiness comes from perfect harmony with others. CHUANG - TZU
  10. Human happiness comes from perfect harmony with others.
    CHUANG - TZU
    Happiness



  11. The world may not be as we think it is. In fact, it is virtually certain that it is not.
    Norman Fischer
    Deep Quotes



  12. If the mind is never aroused toward objects, then wherever you walk is the site of enlightenment.
    Chris Prentiss, Zen and the Art of Happiness
    Simplicity



  13. If we are going to take care of our suffering, we have to Know the true face of Reality. Dainin Katagiri, You Have to Say Something: Manifesting Zen Insight
  14. If we are going to take care of our suffering, we have to Know the true face of Reality.
    Dainin Katagiri, You Have to Say Something: Manifesting Zen Insight
    Life Lessons



  15. When there is no self, there is just being.
    Dennis Genpo Merzel, The Path of the Human Being: Zen Teachings on the Bodhisattva Way
    Ego Quotes



  16. Whether there is God, all-creating, all-governing, and all-comprehensive, Zen does neither assert nor deny.
    Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki, Selected Works of D.T. Suzuki, Volume I: Zen
    Mindset



  17. Zen is freedom, happiness, truth, living, wisdom, peace, tranquility, stillness, letting go, and so much more. It’s a perfect lifestyle.
    Ian Tuhovsky, Zen
    Life is Beautiful



  18. Every man carries his own philosophy, and every man in his own way is a professor – because you profess your ideas, you believe in them.
    OSHO, A Bird on the Wing
    Believe in Yourself



  19. You can be calm in the middle of the storm. You can be a pillar of peace in a hurricane. Let's find the eye of the storm. Let's be the eye of the storm until it dissipates. Samantha Gordon, How To Be Zen In A Crisis
  20. You can be calm in the middle of the storm. You can be a pillar of peace in a hurricane. Let's find the eye of the storm. Let's be the eye of the storm until it dissipates.
    Samantha Gordon, How To Be Zen In A Crisis
    Words of Encouragement



  21. Anything that stops you from living in the moment also holds you back from realizing happiness and peace in that very same moment.
    LEAH FERRISS, Zen Life
    Live Life



  22. The Zen experience is not an idea to be grasped by the mind. It is more like having the clearest, most inspiring thought you can possibly imagine — except without the thought!
    Unknown Author
    Experience



  23. Wise listeners, the wisdom of enlightenment is inherent in each of us. We fail to recognise it because of delusion of mind, and so to know our own essence of Mind we seek the teachings of the enlightened.
    HUI-NENG
    Listening



  24. The practice of zazen is the practice of inifinity. Living in infinity is the practice of being. Kongo Langlois, Roshi
  25. The practice of zazen is the practice of inifinity. Living in infinity is the practice of being.
    Kongo Langlois, Roshi
    Proverbs



  26. There is in Zen nothing to explain, nothing to teach, that will add to your knowledge. Unless it grows out of yourself no knowledge is really yours, it is only a borrowed plumage.
    D. T. SUZUKI
    Knowledge



  27. Zen is life — completely natural and without any artificiality. It is something so intimate and apparent that it defies language and so can never be satisfactorily captured by words.
    TIM FREKE, ZEN WISDOM
    One Line Quotes On Life



  28. While striving to catch the butterfly of Zen in the net of reason we must know that the task is hopeless.
    CHRISTMAS HUMPHREYS
    Meaningful



  29. All sounds are the voice of Buddha. Lao Tzu, ‎Takuan Soho, Tao Te Ching: Zen Teachings on the Taoist Classic
  30. All sounds are the voice of Buddha.
    Lao Tzu, ‎Takuan Soho, Tao Te Ching: Zen Teachings on the Taoist Classic
    Short



  31. If you meet a wise man and you do not say anything to him nor keep silence, how would you question him?
    FA-YEN
    Question



  32. The truths of this world are forever plain and simple, in the same way that the sun rises every day in the east, just as spring is the time for sowing and autumn is the time to harvest.
    Yu Dan, Confucius from the Heart: Ancient Wisdom for Today's World
    Truth



  33. If we equate “giving" with “freedom from craving," then we become more eager to act, even if it causes some pain.
    Pema Chodron, No Time to Lose: A Timely Guide to the Way of the Bodhisattva
    Giving


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