Best Zen-Based Sayings

The Top Ten Best Zen-Based Sayings

1 Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water
2 At the still-point in the center of the circle one can see the infinite in all things
3 When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself
4 When something dies is the greatest teaching

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5 If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present

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6 Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything
7 There is no mistake in nature
8 What we call “I” is just a swinging door which moves when we inhale and when we exhale
9 When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish
10 Let go, or be dragged

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The Contenders

11 Wherever you are, it’s the place you need to be
12 The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness
13 Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace
14 Still your waters
15 Relax. Nothing’s missing
16 Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water.
17 I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom
18 Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home
19 When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it
20 Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax
21 Zen is not an art, it’s not a religion. It’s a realisation
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