A Quote by Zen Proverb on zen, birth, and death

From birth to death it's just like this.

Zen Proverb

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A Quote by Chien-ju on zen


Do not just memorize sayings, recite words, and discuss Zen
and the way based on books.The Zen way is not in books.

Even if you can recite the teachings of the whole canon and
all the masters and philosophers, they are just useless words
of no avail when you are facing death.


Contributed by: tara

A Quote by Bodhidharma on bodhidharma, zen, buddhism, buddhist, buddha, and enlightenment

"But people of the deepest understanding look within, distracted by nothing. Since a clear mind is the Buddha, they attain the understanding of a Buddha without using the mind." - Bodhidharma

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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A Quote by Janwillem van de Wetering on buddhism, zen, truth, and reality

To see what isn't true is easy. But to see what is true will take some doing.

Janwillem van de Wetering

Source: A Glimpse of Nothingness: Experiences in an American Zen Community

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A Quote by Alan Watts on zen


I had a discussion with a great master in Japan... and we were talking about the various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English, and he said, "That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen... you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because... the sound of the rain needs no translation."

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Zen Proverb on zen, wrong, open your mouth, and speaking

Open your mouth and you're wrong.

Zen Proverb

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A Quote by Seng Ts'an on zen and buddhism

Not two.
Not two.
Just think not two.

Seng Ts'an

Source: http://www.zbtc.org/docs/kongo/faith.html

Contributed by: Louëlla

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