Zen Proverbs & Sayings (31 Proverbs)


  • If you want a certain thing, you must first be a certain person. Once you are that certain person, obtaining that certain thing will no longer be a concern of yours.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • Knock on the sky and Listen to the sound.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • To know and not do is not yet to know.
    (Zen Proverb)


  • When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • When you reach the top, keep climbing.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
    (Zen Proverb)

  • Before you study Zen, a bowl is a bowl and tea is tea. While you are studying Zen, a bowl is no longer a bowl and tea is no longer tea. After you've studied Zen, a bowl is again a bowl and tea is tea.
    (Zen Proverb)


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