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Zen lives in the present. The Whole teaching is: how to be in the present; how to get out of the past which is no more and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centered, in that which is. (Quote by - Osho)

Meaning is man-created. And because you constantly look for meaning, you start to feel meaninglessness. (Quote by - Osho)

We were created to be creative. Consider the amazing variety of tools we carry with and within our bodies. (Quote by - Thomas Krugliakov)

The life of Zen begins, therefore, in a disillusion with the pursuit of goals which do not really exist the good without the bad, the gratification of a self which is no more than an idea, and the morrow which never comes. (Quote by - Alan Watts)

If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly. (Quote by - Alan Watts)

Zen is not a philosophy, it is poetry. It does not propose, it simply persuades. It does not argue, it simply sings its own song. (Quote by - Osho)

Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature. Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can be happy in the midst of hardship, then you see the true potential of the mind. (Quote by - Huanchu Daoren)

To remain caught up in ideas and words about Zen is, as the old masters say, to stink of Zen. (Quote by - Alan Watts)

So an ancient once said, "Accept the anxieties and difficulties of this life". Don't expect your practice to be clear of obstacles. Without hindrances the mind that seeks enlightenment may be burnt out. So an ancient once said, "Attain deliverance in disturbances". (Quote by - Kyong Ho)

Zen is a kind of unlearning. It teaches you how to drop that which you have learned, how to become unskillful again, how to become a child again, how to start existing without mind again, how to be here without any mind. (Quote by - Osho)

Zen is a double-edged sword, killing words and thoughts, yet at the same time, giving them life. Although beyond human intellect and philosophy, Zen is their root and source. (Quote by - Masao Abe)

Zen ... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. (Quote by - Alan Watts)

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine. (Quote by - Shunryu Suzuki)

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen. (Quote by - Daishi)

Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave. (Quote by - Paul Walker)

I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars. (Quote by - Dogen)

Zen is a totally different kind of religion. It brings humanness to religion. It is not bothered about anything superhuman; its whole concern is how to make ordinary life a blessing. (Quote by - Osho)

Each night the Tree of Nut out of naught knits neat nuts. (Quote by - Saiom Shriver)

All that's visible springs from causes intimate to you. While walking, sitting, lying down, the body itself is complete truth. If someone asks the inner meaning of this: Inside the treasury of dharma eye a single grain of dust. (Quote by - Dogen)

For Zen, man is the goal; man is the end unto himself. God is not something above humanity, God is something hidden within humanity. Man is carrying God in himself as a potentiality. (Quote by - Osho)

Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one's own rules--this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live. (Quote by - D. T. Suzuki)

Zen is all-inclusive. It never denies, it never says no to anything; it accepts everything and transforms it into a higher reality. (Quote by - Osho)

Like the measles, love is most dangerous when it comes late in life. (Quote by - Lord Byron)

The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one's hum drum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity. (Quote by - D. T. Suzuki)

You become that which you think you are. Or, it is not that you become it, but that the idea gets very deeply rooted - and that's what all conditioning is. (Quote by - Osho)

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