Zen is to transcend life and death (all dualism), to truly realize that the entire universe is the “True Human Body” through the discipline of “mind and body in oneness.” Besides this actual realization, there is nothing else. “Zen without the accompanying physical experience is nothing but empty discussion. Martial Ways without truly realizing the mind is nothing but beastly behavior.
– Omori Sogen, from the Chozen-Ji Canon
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds.
– Bob Marley
Is it you playing the music, or are you getting played?
– Mad Mike Banks
Yoga without the control of mind is mere acrobatics.
– BKS Iyengar
It is spiritless to think that you cannot attain to that which you have seen and heard the masters attain. The masters are men. You are also a man. If you think that you will be inferior in doing something, you will be on that road very soon.
– Yamamoto Tsunetomo, Hagakure translated by William Scott Wilson
Do not believe something unless you experience it for yourself.
– The Buddha
Buddhism is like a raft. Once you cross the river (of enlightenment), throw the raft away!
– The Buddha
In the pursuit of learning, one knows more every day;
in the pursuit of the way, one does less every day.
One does less and less until one does nothing at all,
and when one does nothing at all, there is nothing that is undone.
- Lao Tzu: Book Two, verse 108. translated by D.C. Lau
We are told that, as in the old days, those who copy sutras and those who give sermons do what they do according to convention, and that rare are those who are enlightened of the “mind of the mind.”
– Yagyu Munenori, Heihou Kaden Sho translated by Hiroaki Sato
Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future: it transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology; it covers both the natural & spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.
– Albert Einstein
Me, I am praised as a general of Zen,
Tasting life and enjoying sex to the fullest!
– Ikkyu Sojun
Buddhas don’t practice nonsense.
– Bodhidharma
Zen without the accompanying physical experience is nothing but empty discussion.
– Tekio Sogen Roshi
There is no Buddha to seek, no Way to accomplish, no Dharma to be obtained.
– Rinzai

Comments are closed.