Zen Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old zen quotes, zen sayings, and zen proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The world is its own magic. Shunryu Suzuki
We have only now, only this single eternal moment opening and unfolding before us, day and night. Jack Kornfield
When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati
When you are present, you can allow the mind to be as it is without getting entangled in it. Eckhart Tolle
Don't seek, don't search, don't ask, don't knock, don't demand -- relax. Osho
You will not be punished for your anger, you will be punished by your anger. Buddha
Learning to let go should be learned before learning to get. Life should be touched, not strangled. You've got to relax, let it happen at times, and at others move forward with it. Ray Bradbury
Think with your whole body. Taisen Deshimaru
In a mind clear as still water, even the waves, breaking, are reflecting its light. Dogen Zenji
The only thing that is ultimately real about your journey is the step that you are taking at this moment. That's all there ever is. Eckhart Tolle
In a controversy the instant we feel anger we have already ceased striving for the truth, and have begun striving for ourselves. Buddha
If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or sake. Meditation is Drinking it! Taisen Deshimaru
If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. Wu-Men
Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle
Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. Zhuang Zhou
People living deeply have no fear of death. Anais Nin
The truth knocks on the door and you say, Go away, I'm looking for the truth, and so it goes away. Puzzling. Robert M. Pirsig
It is the power of the mind to be unconquerable. Seneca
My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we're living with right now. Byron Katie
Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance. Taisen Deshimaru
The practice of Zen is forgetting the self in the act of uniting with something. Koun Yamada
Zen is an effort to become alert and awake. Osho
Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. Lao Tzu
We are here to awaken from the illusion of separateness. Thich Nhat Hanh
Forget the years, forget distinction. Leap into the boundless and make it your home. Zhuangzi
To remain caught up in ideas and words about Zen is, as the old masters say, to stink of Zen. Alan Watts
Zen is simply the sensation and the clear understanding...that there is behind the multiplicity of events and creatures in this universe simply one energy and it appears as you, and everything is it. Alan Watts
The practice of Zen is to understand that one energy so as to 'feel it in your bones.' Alan Watts
In the beginner's mind, there are many possibilities, but in the expert's there are few. Shunryu Suzuki
Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad, or advantageous, but what is. Alan Watts