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.
— Lao Tzu
Submitted by ferreal 4 months ago
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“Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.”
Submitted by vincent about 1 year ago
Zen is a liberation from time. For if we open our eyes and see clearly, it becomes obvious that there is no other time than this instant, and that the past and the future are abstractions without any concrete reality.
Submitted by dhquotes about 1 year ago
"If the water is still, you can see the moon reflected. If the water is agitated, the moon is fragmented and scattered. It is harder to see the true moon. Our minds are like that. When our minds are agitated, we cannot see the true world."
Submitted by zzravizz over 1 year ago
We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important...We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people...Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.
Submitted by Anoel over 1 year ago
Today isn't preparation for tomorrow, today is the main event.
Submitted by simonreed about 2 years ago
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Submitted by iMandy over 2 years ago
Gaining enlightenment is an accident. Spiritual practice simply makes us accident-prone.
There is not a petal of a flower or a blade of grass that does not configure the Way.
If treacherous talk is constantly in your ears, and unwanted thoughts are constantly in your mind, you can turn these about and use them as whetstones to enhance your practice. If every word that came to your ears was agreeable, and all things in your mind were pleasant, then your whole life would be poisoned and wasted.
You're only as far along as you can be at any given time.
Submitted by dj8 over 2 years ago
A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving.
— Lao Tzu
Submitted by dagomar over 2 years ago
To follow the path:
look to the master,
follow the master,
walk with the master,
see through the master,
become the master.
Submitted by fielding over 2 years ago
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top.