A Quote by Joe Zarantonello on enlightment and zen

Most people see enlightenment as a noun, as a thing, as a steady state, as something to be reached, or achieved - and always, always somewhere in the distant futureI see enlightenment as a verb, as a process of ripening, ripening, ripening until one day the fruit falls from the tree. No amount of effort on the apple tree's part can speed the ripening of the apples. It takes the right conditions, however - sun and rain.
The great thing is: unlike apples, the right conditions are always already present to ripen your soul. Just this present moment. Just this being present to whatever is unfolding, opens your soul to the ultimate sun and rain. Over and over and over again: "Just this, right now, just this." Until one day, your soul becomes so ripe that it just lets go of the limb and falls gently ever so gently back to the warm ground of Being.

Joe Zarantonello

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on zen, buddha, bow, and acceptance

In your practice you should accept everything as it is, giving to each thing the same respect given to a Buddha. Then Buddha bows to Buddha, and you bow to yourself. This is the true bow.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by John Daido Loori Roshi on dharma, empowerment, spiritual authority, and zen

"Authority means influence and power.  So where does spiritual authority come from?  Can a teacher give spiritual authority to their successors?  Not on your life.  You can spiritually empower a successor, but you can't give them spiritual authority.  There is only one person who can grant spiritual authority to the teacher, new or old, and that is the student.  Most students, when they begin to study with a teacher, don't realize that they're granting spiritual authority.  But it is critically important to know when you are extending such authority.  Otherwise you can unknowingly get seduced into giving away your power.  Real teachers won't accept your power.  This Dharma is about your empowerment, not about giving your power away.  In Zen, we have teachers who can point the way.  They don't tell you how to live your life.  That choice only you can make."

John Roshi

Source: A Rare And Precious Thing

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A Quote by jack Kornfield on anger, letting go, self-acceptance, compassion, and zen

In deep self-acceptance grows a compassionate understanding. As one Zen master said when I asked if he ever gets angry, 'Of course I get angry, but then a few minutes later I say to myself, 'What's the use of this,' and I let it go.'

Jack Kornfield

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki-roshi on zen and pride


If your practice is good, you may become proud of it. What you do is good, but something more is added to it. Pride is extra. Right effort is to get rid of something extra.

Shunryu Suzuki-roshi (1905 - 1971)

Source: Zen Mind, Begginer's Mind

Contributed by: Louëlla

A Quote by Goto Roshi on whole life and zen

Make your whole life unceasing gratitude. What is Zen? Simple, simple, so simple. Infinite gratitude toward all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility to all things future.

Goto Roshi

Source: Tales of Wonder: Adventures Chasing the Divine, an Autobiography

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A Quote by Mevlana Jelalu'ddin Rumi on buddhist, elements, eve, hindu, jew, muslim, religion, twoworlds, and zen

Not Christian or Jew or Muslim, not Hindu, Buddhist, sufi, or zen. Not any religion
or cultural system. I am not from the East or the West, not out of the ocean or up
from the ground, not natural or ethereal, not composed of elements at all. I do not exist,
am not an entity in this world or the next, did not descend from Adam or Eve or any
origin story. My place is placeless, a trace of the traceless. Neither body or soul.
I belong to the beloved, have seen the two worlds as one and that one call to and know,
first, last, outer, inner, only that breath breathing human being.

Mevlana Rumi (1207 - 1273)

Source: Rumi

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A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on zen, man, religion, philosophy, culture, morality, creation, master, children, behaviour, playful, and serious

Zen's greatest contribution is to give you an alternative to the serious man. The serious man has made the world, the serious man has made all the religions. He has created all the philosophies, all the cultures, all the moralities; everything that exists around you is a creation of the serious man. Zen has dropped out of the serious world. It has created a world of its own which is very playful, full of laughter, where even great masters behave like children.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Nansen: The Point of Departure, chapter 8

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A Quote by Osho Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on philosophy, zen, participation, lifestyle, existence, and universe

Philosophy is speculation, Zen is participation. Participate in the night leaving, participate in the evening coming, participate in the stars and participate in the clouds; make participation your lifestyle and the whole existence becomes such a joy, such an ecstasy. You could not have dreamed of a better universe.

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Source: Zen: The Miracle, Chapter2.

Contributed by: bajarbattu

A Quote by unknown on zen, knowledge, man, sage, and wisdom

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


Contributed by: Gg

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