Buddhism Quotes (145 Quotes)



    Actually, I'm not interested in Zen that much, as a philosophy, nor in joining any movements. I don't pretend to understand it. I just find it comforting. And very similar to jazz. Like jazz, you can't explain it to anyone without losing the experience. It's got to be experienced, because it's feeling, not words.

    But most important, these precious relics bring visitors inspiration and healing. To be in their presence is to be in the presence of the Buddha and other masters.


    When you realize the nature of mind, layers of confusion peel away. You don't actually 'become' a buddha, you simply cease, slowly, to be deluded. And being a buddha is not being some omnipotent spiritual superman, but becoming at last a true human being.





    The reasons why I left were to do with my interest in Buddhism. There were experiences over a period of about six months which caused me to decide to give up music, so one morning I felt I had to go to E.G. Management and tell them.

    I think any spiritual experience that's worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, 'If you're not laughing, then you're not getting it.'

    Embrace nothing If you meet the Buddha, kill the Buddha. If you meet your father, kill your father. Only live your life as it is, Not bound to anything.



    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.

    A koan literally ' a public case' is a description of an entire situation, usually of a dialogue between a Zen master and his disciple the hwadu is only the central point of the exchange which is then singled out as a topic for meditation.

    Buddhism has the characteristics of what would be expected in a cosmic religion for the future It transcends a personal God, avoids dogmas and theology it covers both the natural and the spiritual, and it is based on a religious sense aspiring from the experience of all things, natural and spiritual, as a meaningful unity.

    The changing relationship between evangelicals and Catholics is examined in a lengthy report Is the Reformation Over ... lumped Buddhism, Islam, and Catholicism together as non-Christian faiths.

    Brute force crushes many plants. Yet the plants rise again. The Pyramids will not last a moment compared with the daisy. And before Buddha or Jesus spoke the nightingale sang, and long after the words of Jesus and Buddha are gone into oblivion the nightingale still will sing. Because it is neither preaching nor commanding nor urging. It is just singing. And in the beginning was not a Word, but a chirrup.

    The Ten New Principles of Zen True Zen means to follow the absolute cosmic system with the practice of the body. 1. Be afraid for cosmic system 2. Wake up to cosmic consciousness, satori-highest truth 3. Be happy Love every existence 4. Believe No doubt. 5. Get up early with sun. 6. Sit down calmly in zazen. 7. Stand up and walk on the great Earth 8. Eat right fresh and natural foods. 9. Work with samu spirit. 10. Sleep early and deeply with sun.



    Following the Smell of Flowers As told by Taisen Deshimaru Roshi A master was walking in the mountains. When he came back, one of his disciples asked him 'Master, where do you go to walk 'In the mountain' Answered the master. The disciple insisted, 'But what path did you take What did you see' The master answered, 'I followed the smell of flowers, and I wandered with the young shoots.' We must let ourselves be guided by the dharma of the Buddha and have confidence in the grass and the flowers that grow, without goal or ego, naturally and unconsciously. The master's answer flows from the spring of wisdom. True wisdom is created beyond knowledge and memory.

    Zen Makes use, to a great extent, of poetical expressions Zen is wedded to poetry.


    Two colors of light to symbolize stages in Buddha's life, just as different levels in the monument symbolize different stages in his life. The temple tells the entire history of Buddhism through its elaborate designs and sculptures. I wanted my design to help tell the story of the temple and the story of the people who built it.

    Koan. A presentation of the harmony of the Universal and the Particular a theme of Zazen to be made clear. A classic Mondo, or a Zen story.

    I made a photograph of a garden in Kyoto, the Zen garden, which is a rectangle. But a photograph taken from any one point will not show, well it shows a rectangle, but not with ninety degree angles.

    The First Amendment commands government to have no interest in theology or ritual it admonishes the government to be interested in allowing religious freedom to flourish -- whether the result is to produce Catholics, Jews, or Protestants, or to turn the people toward the path of Buddha, or to end in a predominantly Moslem nation, or to produce in the long run atheists or agnostics. On matters of this kind, government must remain neutral. This freedom plainly includes freedom from religion with the right to believe, speak, write, publish and advocate antireligious programs.

    I've often toyed with what Jesus, Moses or Buddha would look like today. I think a 7-year-old handicap little girl seems ideal. I didn't want her to be an action hero, I wanted the opposite - for her to have more power than all of them put together.

    To invoke the Buddha's name you have to understand the dharma of invoking. If it's not present in your mind, your mouth chants an empty name. As long as you're troubled by the three poisons or by thoughts of yourself, your deluded mind will keep you form seeing the Buddha and you'll only waste your effort. Chanting and invoking are worlds apart. Chanting is done with the mouth. Invoking is done with the mind. And because invoking comes from the mind, it's called the door to awareness. Chanting is centered in the mouth and appears as sound. If you cling to appearances while searching for meaning, you won't find a thing....



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