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When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
Note : Freidrich Nietzsche.
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Don't seek reality, just put an end to opinions.
Note : Sheng-ts'an.
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Sitting peacefully doing nothing Spring comes and the grass grows all by itself.
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We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.
Note : D. T. Suzuki.
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My heart burns like fire but my eyes are as cold as dead ashes.
Note : Sayen Shaku.
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Possessing much knowledge is like having a thousand foot fishing line with a hook, but the fish is always an inch beyond the hook.
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Why do you ask questions? If you already knew the flame was fire then the meal was cooked a long time ago.
Note : Oma Desala, Stargate SG-1.
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To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.
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The torch of doubt and chaos, this is what the sage steers by.
Note : Chuang-tzu
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As long as you seek for something, you will get the shadow of reality and not reality itself.
Note : Shunryu Suzuki.
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When you get there, there isn't any there there.
Note : Gertrude Stein.
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The instant you speak about a thing, you miss the mark.
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Only the crystal-clear question yields a transparent answer.
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When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.
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In the landscape of spring, there is neither better nor worse. The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some short.
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The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.
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There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
Note : Basho
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At any given moment, I open my eyes and exist. And before that, during all eternity, what was there? Nothing.
Note : Ugo Betti
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It is everywhere.
Note : Chuang-tzu
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If you cannot find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?
Note : Dogen
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Zazen is itself enlightenment.
Note : Dogen.
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And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.
Note : T.S.Eliot.
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Should you desire great tranquility, prepare to sweat white beads.
Note : Hakuin.
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So little time, so little to do.
Note : Oscar Levant.
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Life is like stepping onto a boat that is about to sail out to sea and sink.
Note : Shunryu Suzuki.
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To set up what you like against what you don't like -- this is the disease of the mind.
Note : Sheng-ts'an.
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Ten thousand flowers in spring
Note : The moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life. Wu-men.
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Since it is all too clear
Note : It takes time to grasp it. When you understand that it's foolish to look for fire with fire, The meal is already cooked. Wu-men.
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All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
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Life is the only thing worth living for.
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The mind should be as a mirror.
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There is nothing infinite apart from finite things.
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Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw yourself from them.
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Lovely snowflakes, they fall nowhere else!
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A noble heart never forces itself forward. Its words are as rare gems, seldom displayed and of great value.
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This is not the Buddha, this is the Buddha.
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One moon shows in every pool, in every pool the one moon.
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Studying Zen, learning the way, is originally for the sake of birth and death, no other thing.
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What do I mean by other things? Arousing the mind and stirring thoughts right now; having contrivance and artificiality; having grasping and rejecting; having practice and realization; having purity and defilement; having sacred and profane; having Buddhas and sentient beings; writing verses and songs, composing poems and odes; discoursing on Zen and the way; discoursing on right and wrong; discoursing on past and present.
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These various activities are not relevant to the issue of birth and death; they are all "other things."
Note : Chien-ju.
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