Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Zen Quotes and Proverbs

The journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.3 points   Japanese Zen Saying

The world is like a mirror you see? smile and your friends smile back.

Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need. Famous Chinese Proverb

He who asks a question is a fool for a minute; he who does not remains a fool forever. Buddha

The tongue like a sharp knife... Kills without drawing blood.  Buddha

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become. Buddha

A jug fills drop by drop.Taoist Proverb

We cannot see our reflection in running water. It is only in still water that we can see.Zen Quotes

One moon shows in every pool in every pool the one moon.Zen Proverb

Student says " I am very discouraged. What should I do?" Master says, "encourage others." Dogen Zenji

A flower falls even though we love it and a weed grows even though we do not love it.Zen Proverb

When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.Zen Proverb

It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.Zen Proverb

If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.Japanese Proverb

When the character of a man is not clear to you, look at his friends.Chinese Proverb

Water and words... Easy to pour impossible to recover.Chinese Proverb

Teachers open the door... You enter by yourself.Chinese Proverb

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.Chinese Proverb

The rich man plans for tomorrow... The poor man for today.Chinese Proverb

To know the road ahead, ask those coming back.Buddha

The path of the enlightened one leaves no track- it is like the path of birds in the sky.Famous Old Zen Saying

Before enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment: Chop wood, carry water.Chinese Proverb

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime Chinese proverb

At birth we come At death we go... Bearing nothing.Chinese Proverb

One beam alone... No matter how stout... Cannot support a house.Chinese Proverb

No road to happiness or sorrow... Find them in yourself. Buddha

You will not be punished for your anger; you will be punished by your anger.Master Nan-sen

What is the path? the Zen Master Nan-sen was asked. Everyday life is the path, he answered.Buddhist Saying

Do not speak - unless it improves on silence.Buddhist Saying

If you light a lamp for somebody, it will also brighten your own path.Bankei

In criticizing, the teacher is hoping to teach. That's all.Hsi-Tang

Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.Buddha

We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves.