A Quote by Takuan Soho on true self, zen, buddha nature, and takuan soho

True Self is the Self that existed before the division of heaven and earth and before one's father and mother were born. This Self is the Self within me, the birds and the beasts, the grasses and the trees and all phenomena. It is excatly what is called 'Buddha Nature". 

This Self has no shape or form, has no birth, has no death. It is not a Self that can be seen with the aid of your present physical eye. Only the (hu)man who has received enlightenment is able to see this. The (hu)man who does see this is said to have seen into her own nature and became a Buddha. It is to use neither thought nor reasoning and to look straight ahead.

Takuan Soho (1573 - ?)

Source: The Unfettered Mind - Writings of the Zen Master to the Sword Master by Takuan Soho (1573-1645), P81 (Translation)

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A Quote by Lin Chi on zen, focus, in the moment, and walking

When walking, just walk. When sitting, just sit. But above all don't wobble!

Lin Chi

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A Quote by Wen-siang on oneness, serene, poetry, zen, and nature

Happy in the morning
I open my cottage door;
A clear breeze blowing
Comes straight in.
The first sun
Lights the leafy trees;
The shadows it casts
Are crystal clear.
In accord with my heart,
Everything merges
In one harmony.
Gain and loss
Are not my concern;
This way is enough
To the end of my days.

Wen siang

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A Quote by Paul Gaugin on art, zen, and tao


I close my eyes in order to see.

Paul Gaugin

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A Quote by Shunryu Suzuki Roshi on movies, zen, buddhism, and beginners mind

If you want to enjoy the movie, you should know that it is the combination of film and light and white screen, and that the most important thing is to have a plain, white screen.

Shunryu Suzuki

Source: Our Everyday Life Is Like a Movie

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on zen, experience, mind, and writing

To stay close and intimate with experience is to stay close to the mind; the nitty gritty mind of the way things really are.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on zen, rational, mind, pearl, and silver bowl

At the moment our rational mind stops, hits against a wall ... something else happens. And a bigger mind, like a pearl, rolls in a silver bowl.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

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A Quote by Dosho Port on zen, howl, exhalation, and inhalation

Zen Howl is like a complete exhalation and a complete inhalation.

Dosho Port

Source: Zen Howl

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A Quote by Adyashanti on adya, adyashanti, and zen

This is about life, not about us.


Source: Adyashanti

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A Quote by Natalie Goldberg on writers, writing, language, and zen

As writers we need to crack open language.

Natalie Goldberg

Source: Zen Howl

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