"I'd like to offer something to help you but in the zen school we don't have a single thing."
"If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to
"The purpose of symbols is to gain a complete understanding of ideas, but once the ideas have been gained, the symbols may be forgotten. The purpose of words is to explain the truth, but once truth has been uttered, words may be dispensed with."
"There is nothing new under the sun."
”We don't see things as they are, we see things as we are.”
"What you do speaks so loud I cannot hear what you say."
“Renunciation is not giving up the things of this world, but accepting that they go away.”
"Live like water, Be gentle enough to follow the natural paths of the earth and strong enough to reshape the world."
“I have a simple philosophy. Fill what’s empty. Empty what’s full. Scratch where it itches.”
-Alice R. Longworth
“There is no other practice than this practice. There is no other way of life than this way of life . . . whatever we do is the expression of our true nature.”
- Shunryu Suzuki
“Contentment is not the fulfillment of what you want, but the realization of how much you already have.”
"What spirit is so empty and blind, that it cannot grasp the fact that a human foot is more noble than the shoe, and human skin more beautiful than the garment with which it is clothed."
"Going barefoot is the gentlest way of walking and can symbolise a way of living — being authentic, vulnerable, sensitive to our surroundings. It's the feeling of enjoying warm sand beneath our toes, or carefully making our way over sharp rocks in the darkness. It's a way of living that has the lightest impact, removing the barrier between us and nature."
“Animals have these advantages over man: they never hear the clock strike, they die without any idea of death, they have no theologians to instruct them, their last moments are not disturbed by unwelcome and unpleasant ceremonies, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.”
"If all the beasts were gone men would die from a great loneliness of spirit. For whatever happens to the beasts, soon happens to man. All things are connected.”
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