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  • But the solution to the riddle of life and space and time lies outside space and time. For, as it should be abundantly clear by now, nothing inside a frame can state, or even ask, anything about that frame. The solution, then, is not the finding of an answer to the riddle of existence, but the realization that there is no riddle. This is the essence of the beautiful, almost Zen Buddhist closing sentences of the Tracticus: "For an answer which cannot be expressed the question too cannot be expressed. The riddle does not exist."

    Paul Watzlawick, Janet Beavin Bavelas, Don D. Jackson, Bill O'Hanlon (2011). “Pragmatics of Human Communication: A Study of Interactional Patterns, Pathologies and Paradoxes”, p.255, W. W. Norton & Company
  • Concentrate the mind on the present moment.

  • To be a good Zen Buddhist it is not enough to follow the teaching of its founder; we have to experience the Buddha's experience.

  • Sitting quietly, doing nothing, Spring comes, and the grass grows, by itself.

  • There's something Zen-like about the way I work - it's like raking gravel in a Zen Buddhist garden.

  • There is a director who should make 'Silver Surfer' - he is mentally committed to it. He's doing another movie now. What's most important to me about this guy, first, is that he's incredible with visuals. But he's also a spiritual guy, a Zen Buddhist. ... Galactus is a force of nature, not a being. That's all I'm saying.

    "Avi Arad on the Marvel Comic Franchises" by Brian B., movieweb.com. June 21, 2005.
  • The greatest effort is not concerned with results.

    "Perspectives on Mankind's Search for Meaning". Book by Walter Taminang, p. 63, 2008.
  • If you exchanged wedding vows, tape them to your bathroom mirror and read them aloud to yourself every morning along with the ritual brushing of teeth. It's not realistic to believe that you will live your promises as a daily practice -- unless you're a saint or a highly evolved Zen Buddhist. Not where marriage is concerned. But you can make a practice of returning to your vows when the going gets rough.

    "Returning To Your Wedding Vows" by Harriet Lerner, www.huffingtonpost.com. April 2, 2012.
  • Before I had studied Zen for thirty years, I saw mountains as mountains, and waters as waters. When I arrived at a more intimate knowledge, I came to the point where I saw that mountains are not mountains, and waters are not waters. But now that I have got its very substance I am at rest. For it's just that I see mountains once again as mountains, and waters once again as waters.

    Knowledge   Years   Water  
  • All that we are is the result of what we have thought; what we think we become.

  • Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.

    "A Small Drop of Ink: A Collection of Inspirational and Moving Quotations of the Ages". Book by Linda Pendleton, 2003.
  • From my own personal encounters and studies with both Tantric and Zen Buddhist monks, I have found them to be humorous, warm, charming, and compassionate.

  • The three elements of creativity are thus: loving, knowing, and doing - or heart, mind, and hands - or, as Zen Buddhist teaching has it; great faith, great question, and great courage.

    Eric Maisel (2010). “Creativity for Life: Practical Advice on the Artist's Personality, and Career from America's Foremost Creativity Coach”, p.26, New World Library
  • The whole moon and the entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

    Moon   Sky   Relaxation  
  • There is more than one way to burn a book. And the world is full of people running about with lit matches. Every minority, be it Baptist/Unitarian, Irish/Italian/Octogenarian/Zen Buddhist, Zionist/Seventh-day Adventist, Women's Lib/Republican, Mattachine/FourSquareGospel feels it has the will, the right, the duty to douse the kerosene, light the fuse. Every dimwit editor who sees himself as the source of all dreary blanc-mange plain porridge unleavened literature, licks his guillotine and eyes the neck of any author who dares to speak above a whisper or write above a nursery rhyme.

    Running   Buddhist   Book  
    Ray Bradbury (2012). “Fahrenheit 451: A Novel”, p.209, Simon and Schuster
  • You grow, learn, and the more I can sit in silence and be comfortable with myself, the more I can make noise, as ironic and Zen Buddhist and satanic as it sounds!

  • Where can I find a man who has forgotten words, so I can have a few words with him?

    "Zhuangzi: The Essential Writings with Selections from Traditional Commentaries".
  • But for the first time, I had a religious identity. I had come home. And so I called myself a Zen Buddhist at the age of 18.

  • To an experienced Zen Buddhist, asking if one believes in Zen or one believes in the Buddha, sounds a little ludicrous, like asking if one believes in air or water. Similarly Quality is not something you believe in, Quality is something you experience.

    Buddhist   Believe   Air  
  • Fighting for one's freedom, struggling towards being free, is like struggling to be a poet or a good Christian or a good Jew or a good Muslim or good Zen Buddhist. You work all day long and achieve some kind of level of success by nightfall, go to sleep and wake up the next morning with the job still to be done. So you start all over again.

    "Bill Moyers Journal", billmoyers.com. November 21, 1973.
  • Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.

  • To say one is revolutionary is a little like saying one is a Zen Buddhist - if you say you are, you probably aren't.

    Lawrence Ferlinghetti (2015). “Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals 1960-2013: Travel Journals 1950–2013”, p.311, W. W. Norton & Company
  • What you think you become.

  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

  • To set up what you like against what you dislike, this is the disease of the mind.

    Wisdom   Mind   Disease  
  • Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

    Shunryu Suzuki (2010). “Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind”, p.42, Shambhala Publications
  • With the near-death or clinical near-death phenomenon some people who are brought back from 'death' have reported being alive the entire time they were 'dead.' This phenomenon occurs among people with a wide diversity of religious belief and no religious belief at all - from atheists to Zen Buddhists.

  • According to Zen Buddhist cosmology there are ten thousand different states of mind to view and understand life through.

    Buddhist   Views   Mind  
  • And finally, be assured that Zen asks nothing even as it promises nothing. One can be a Protestant Zen Buddhist, a Catholic Zen Buddhist or a Jewish Zen Buddhist. Zen is a quiet thing. It listens.

    Howard Fast (2011). “The Art of Zen Meditation”, p.10, Open Road Media
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