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A Quote by Daisetz Teitaro "D.T." Suzuki on birds, life, water, and zen

Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air, or as a fish swims in the water.

D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966)

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A Quote by Daisetz Teitaro "D.T." Suzuki on art, creativity, justice, life, truth, and zen

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's hum drum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.

D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966)

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A Quote by Daisetz Teitaro "D.T." Suzuki on poetry and zen

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Zen Makes use, to a great extent, of poetical expressions; Zen is wedded to poetry.

D.T. Suzuki (1870 - 1966)

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A Quote by Dogen Zenji on heart, mind, plants, practice, zen, and elightenment

In the assemblies of the enlightened ones there have been many cases of mastering the Way bringing forth the heart of plants and trees; this is what awakening the mind for enlightenment is like. The fifth patriarch of Zen was once a pine-planting wayfarer; Rinzai worked on planting cedars and pines on Mount Obaku. . . . Working with plants, trees, fences and walls, if they practice sincerely they will attain enlightenment.

Dogen Zenji (1200 - 1253)

Source: Awakening the Unsurpassed Mind, #31

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A Quote by Bodhidharma on awareness, buddhism, delusion, emptiness, lies, mind, reality, thinking, words, and zen

Not thinking about anything is zen. Once you know this, walking, standing, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is zen. To know that the mind is empty is to see the buddha. . . . Using the mind to reality is delusion. Not using the mind to look for reality is awareness. Freeing oneself from words is liberation.

Bodhidharma (c. 440 AD - 528 AD)

Source: The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma, p. 49

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A Quote by Amy Strum Alcott on golf, mind, spirituality, and zen

Golf is a spiritual game. It's like Zen. You have to let your mind take over.

Amy Strum Alcott (1956 -)

Source: The Golfer's Book of Wisdom, ed. by Criswell Freeman, 1995.

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A Quote by Alan Watts on consequences, direction, experience, quality, work, and zen

Although profoundly "inconsequential," the Zen experience has consequences in the sense that it may be applied in any direction, to any conceivable human activity, and that wherever it is so applied it lends an unmistakable quality to the work.

Alan Watts (1915 - 1973)

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A Quote by Aitken on clarity, harmony, and zen

Koan. A presentation of the harmony of the Universal and the Particular; a theme of Zazen to be made clear. A classic Mondo, or a Zen story.

Aitken

Source: a Zen teaching, 1993

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A Quote by Aitken on buddhism, nature, and zen

Koans are the folk stories of Zen Buddhism, metaphorical narratives that particularize essential nature.

Aitken

Source: a Zen teaching, 1990

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