Three Step Method:     Zen Words

Let’s begin acclimating ourselves to the world of Zen by looking into a number of quotes from Zen masters ancient and modern. Each is a glimpse into the spiritual mystery, each offers an entry point into the Zen Dimension. Spend a few moments with each one, carefully considering what it means to you. If it means nothing at all, acknowledge that, too.

“Only don’t know.” – Master Seung San

“You will see with the same eye as the ancient Zen masters.” – Master Mumon

“Do you hear the sound of the stream outside? Enter Zen from there.” – Master Gensha

“What is the holiest truth of Buddhism? Vast and clear, no holiness.” - Bodhidharma

“Before enlightenment: chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” – Traditional

“Not two.” – Master Seng Ts’an

“At first, mountains are mountains. Then mountains are not mountains, then mountains are completely mountains.” – Master Seigen

“Cut off the mind road.” – Master Mumon

“The Great Way knows no difficulties. Just avoid picking and choosing.” – Master Seng Ts’an

Updated: 06/21/2014


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