Zen Teachings – Feat. Shunryu Suzuki

“Calmness of mind does not mean you should stop your activity. Real calmness should be found in activity itself…It is easy to have calmness in inactivity, it is hard to have calmness in activity, but calmness in activity is true calmness.”

― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind

Zen Teachings – Feat. Dogen Zenji

“We discriminate between life and death in order to affirm one and deny the other and as we have seen our tragedy lies in the paradox, that these two objects are so interdependent. There is no life without death and what we are more likely to overlook there is no death without life. This means our problem is not death, but life-and-death.”

― Dogen Zenji, Moon In a Dewdrop: Writings of Zen Master Dogen

Zen Teachings – Featuring Shunryu Suzuki

“When you are practicing zazen, do not try to stop your thinking. Let it stop by itself. If something comes into your mind, let it come in, and let it go out. It will not stay long. When you try to stop your thinking, it means you are bothered by it. Do not be bothered by anything. It appears as if something comes from outside your mind, but actually it is only the waves of your mind, and if you are not bothered by the waves, gradually they will become calmer and calmer.”

 Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind Beginner’s Mind

Zen Teachings – Featuring Alan W. Watts

“Zen Buddhism is a way and a view of life which does not belong to any of the formal categories of modern Western thought. It is not religion or philosophy; it is not a psychology or a type of science. It is an example of what is known in India and China as a “way of liberation,” and is similar in this respect to Taoism, Vedanta, and Yoga. As will soon be obvious, a way of liberation can have no positive definition. It has to be suggested by saying what it is not, somewhat as a sculptor reveals an image by the act of removing pieces of stone from a block.”

― Alan W. Watts, The Way of Zen

Zen Teachings – Featuring D.T. Suzuki

“The idea of Zen is to catch life as it flows. There is nothing extraordinary or mysterious about Zen. I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of the desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring wood: – in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No wordy discussions necessary, nor any explanation.”

― D.T. Suzuki, An Introduction to Zen Buddhism