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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 6:12 am 
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Anybody interested in Zen teachings?

Here's some cool Zen sayings...

A monk asks a master "What is the Way?"
The master replied "An open-eyed man falling into a well."

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Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water. The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken. Although it's light is wide and great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide. the whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

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When the student is ready,
The master appears.

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Easy is right. Begin right
And you are easy.
Continue easy and you are right.
The right way to go easy
Is to forget the right way
And forget that the going is easy.

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In spring, hundreds of flowers;
in autumn, a harvest moon;
In summer, a refreshing breeze;
in winter, snow will accompany you.
If useless things do not hang in your mind, any season is a
good season for you.~Ekai

You must be present to win.~Sign in Vegas Casino

If your mind is empty, it is always ready for anything; it is
open to everything. In the beginner's mind there are many
possibilities, but in the expert's there are few.~Shunryu Suzuki Roshi

Zen's greatest contribution is to give you an alternative to
the serious man. The serious man has made the world, the
serious man has made all the religions. He has created all
the philosophies, all the cultures, all the moralities;
everything that exists around you is a creation of the
serious man. Zen has dropped out of the serious world. It
has created a world of its own which is very playful, full
of laughter, where even great masters behave like children.~Osho

In order to discover who you are...first learn who everybody
else is. You're what's left!

Like the planet itself, human history goes round. There are
dawns of hope and sunsets of sorrow, springs of aspiration
and autumns of despair, even though one's attitude can be so changed that one sees in autumn the beginning of a cycle whose end is spring.~Alan Watts

We see what we believe rather than believe what we see.~Alan Watts

A samurai once asked Zen Master Hakuin where he would go after he died. Hakuin answered ‘How am I supposed to know?’
‘How do you know? You’re a Zen master!’ exclaimed the samurai.
‘Yes, but not a dead one,’ Hakuin answered.” ~Zen mondo


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:58 am 
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wow pretty amazing stuff in those

i particularly like that last one, it's so true! how can anyone claim to know where we 'go' apart from being buried or cremated or something of the like?

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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
~Basho~


Unformed people delight in the gaudy and in novelty.
Cooked people delight in the ordinary.
~Zen saying~

We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
~Tao Te Ching~

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These are good, I like their way of thinking. Post more ! :P

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You say my poems are poetry?
They are not.
Yet if you understand they are not-
Then you see the poetry of them.
~Ryokan~

How refreshing, the whinny of a packhorse unloaded of everything!
~Zen Saying~

You can only find truth with logic if you have already found truth without it.
~G.K. Chesterton~

Two monks were once traveling together down a muddy road. A heavey rain was falling. Coming around the bend, they meet a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.
"Come on girl," said the first monk. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.
The second monk did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself. "We monks don't go near females," he said. "It is dangerous. Why did you do that?"
"I left the girl there," the first monk said. "Are you still carrying her?
~Zen Story~

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When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.
~Zen saying~

Wealthy patrons invited Ikkyu to a banquet. Ikkyu arrived in his beggar's robes. The host, not recognizing him, chased him away. Ikkyu went home, changed into this ceremonial robe of purple brocade, and returned. With great respect, he was received into the banquet room. There, he put his robe on the cushion, saying, "I expect you invited the robe, since you showed me away a little while ago," and left.
~Zen story~

One day Chuang-tzu and a friend were walking along a riverbank.
"How delightfully the fishes are enjoying themselves in the water!" Chuang-tzu exclaimed.
"You are not a fish," his friend said. "How do you know whether or not the fishes are enjoying themselves?"
"You are not me," Chuang-tzu said. "How do you know that I do not know that the fishes are enjoying themselves?"
~Taoist Mondo~

Water which is too pure has no fish.
~Ts'ai Ken T'an~

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The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
~Robert M. Pirsig~

Soon the child's clear eye is clouded over by ideas and opinions, preconceptions and abstractions. Simple free Being becomes encrusted with the burdensome armor of the ego. Not until years later does an instant come that a vital sense of mystery has been withdrawn. The sun glints through the pines, and the heart is pierced in a moment of beauty and strange pain, like a memory of paradise. After that day... we become Seekers.
~Peter Matthiessen~

When you are deluded and full of doubt, even a thousand books of scripture are not enough.
When you have realized understanding, even one word is too much.
~Fen-Yang~

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Lift the stone and you will find me;
cleave the wood and I am there.
~Jesus~

The thief left it there
There in the window-
The shining moon.
~Ryokan~

One day Chao-chou fell down in the snow, and called out, "Help me up! Help me up!"
A monk came and lay down beside him. Chao-chou got up and went away.
~Zen Koan~

If you gaze for long into the abyss, the abyss also gazes into you
~Nietzsche~

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The Master said, "You must write what you see."

I said, "But what I see does not move me."

The Master answered, "Change what you see."
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The Zen Life
Infinite gratitude towards all things past.
Infinite service to all things present.
Infinite responsibility to all things future.~Huston Smith


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We are more curious about the meaning of dreams
than about things we see when awake.
~Diogenes~

Sit
Rest
Work.
Alone with yourself,
Never weary.
On the edge of the forest
Live joyfully,
Without desire.
~The Buddha~

Those who want the fewest things
are nearest to the gods.
~Socrates~

I threw my cup away
when I saw a child
drinking from his
hands at the trough
~Diogenes~

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The Layman was once lying on his couch reading a sutra.
A monk saw him and said: "Layman! You must maintain dignity when reading a sutra."
The Layman raised up one leg.
The monk had nothing to say.
~Zen story~

The Great Way is not difficult
for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent
everything becomes clear and
undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction
however
and heaven and earth are set
infinately apart.
~Seng-T'san~

The purpose of a fish trap is to catch fish, and when the fish are caught, the trap is forgotten.
The purpose of a rabbit snare is to catch rabbits. When the rabbits are caught, the snare is forgotten.
The purpose of words is to convey ideas. When the ideas are grasped, the words are forgotten.
Where can I find a man who has forgotten words? He is the one I would like to talk to.
~Chuang-Tzu~

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A monk asked Yueh-shan, "What does one think of while sitting?"
"One thinks of not-thinking," the Master replied.
"How does one think of not-thinking?" the monk asked.
"Without thinking," the Master said.
~Zen Mondo~

Everything is based on mind, is led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a polluted mind, suffering will follow you, as the wheels of the oxcart follow the footsteps of the ox. Everything is based on mind, led by mind, is fashioned by mind. If you speak and act with a pure mind, happiness will follow you, as a shadow clings to a form.
~The Buddha~

A monk was anxious to learn Zen and said: "I have been newly initiated into the Brotherhood. Will you be gracious enough to show me the way of Zen?"
The Master said: "Do you hear the murmuring sound of the mountain stream?"
The monk said: "Yes, I do."
The Master said: "Here is the entrance."
~Zen mondo~

Men argue,
nature acts.
~Voltaire~

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Every man is given the key to open the gates of heaven. The same key also opens the gates of hell.~Buddhist proverb

Heaven and Hell

There was once a samurai who wanted to learn the difference between heaven and hell. He sought until he found a master from whom he thought he could learn. He stood before the Master and asked him what was the difference between heaven and hell. The Master took the samurai’s sword and, turning it to the flat of the blade, struck the samurai on the head. The samurai was surprised at this but chose to ignore it. He thought that the Master had failed to understand his question. He once again asked the Master about the difference between heaven and hell. Again the Master struck the samurai on the head. The samurai staggered back and puzzled over this. He approached with his question for a third time and, before he could utter a word, the Master struck him a third time. The samurai was now so enraged at this behaviour that he grabbed his sword from the Master, raised it over his head and was prepared to bring it down on the Master’s head when the Master raised one finger and the samurai paused.

"That is hell," said the Master.

The samurai was instantly so overcome by the courage of this frail old man - to have risked his life for the sake of a stranger’s question - that he fell to his knees and bowed before the Master.

"That is heaven," said the Master.


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Our own life is the instrument with which we experiment with truth.
~Thich Nhat Hanh~

Talking about Zen all the time is like looking for fish tracks in a dry river bed.
~Wu-Tzu~

Just before she died, Gertrude Stein asked:
"What is the answer?" No answer came.
She laughed and said: "In that case,
what is the question?"
Then she died.
~unknown~

The prayer of the monk is not perfect until he no longer
recognizes himself, or the fact that he is praying.
~St. Anthony~

Zen is not some kind of excitement,
but concentration on our usual everyday routine.
~Shunryu Suzuki~

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