Quotes About Zen

Most popular Zen quotes

The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Zen is joyous iconoclasm which respects nothing and no one, particularly itself.
The discipline of Zen consists in opening the mental eye in order to look into the very reason of existence.
Zen takes hold of the enlivening spirit of the Buddha, stripped of all its historical and doctrinal garments.
Zen...does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes.  Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.


If the [Zen] practitioner knows his own mind clearly, he will obtain results with little effort. But if he does not know anything about his own mind, all of his effort will be wasted.


Zen is to religion what a Japanese "rock garden" is to a garden. Zen knows no god, no afterlife, no good and no evil, as the rock-garden knows no flowers, herbs or shrubs.  It has no doctrine or holy writ.