In the 11th century, Zen origin in Mahayana Buddhism. Zen puts modification in ancient religious practices, meditation, self-improvement and unity in the universe.

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Famous Zen Quotes

Each morning, we are born again. What we do today is what matters most.


Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.

– Dalai Lama

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you.

– Lao Tzu
Buddha Zen Quote

If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?

– Dogen

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.

Lao Tzu

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Thich Nhat Hanh

Silence isn’t empty it’s full of answers.


Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

Dalai Lama

Respect life, revere life. There is nothing more holy than life, nothing more divine than life.

Zen Sun Tzu Quote

All that we are, is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think, we become.”


Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.

Shunryu Suzuki

Trying to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth.

Alan Watts

To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss.


This is the real secret of life to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.

Alan Watts

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.


When I feel like dancing, I dance. I don’t care if anyone else is dancing or if everyone else is laughing at me. I dance.

Rachel Danson

Wise men don’t judge – they seek to understand.

Wei Wu Wei

Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.


Do not follow the idea of others, but learn to listen to the voice within yourself.

Dōgen Zenji

Wisdom says we are nothing. Love says we are everything. Between these two our life flows.

Jack Kornfield
zen proverb quotes

Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything.

Jack Kerouac

As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color and fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.


Empty your mind, be formless, shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.

Bruce Lee

When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits or by using the challenge to find our inner strength. Thanks to the teachings of Buddha, I have been able to take this second way.

Dalai Lama

If we do not know how to take care of ourselves and to love ourselves, we cannot take care of the people we love. Loving oneself is the foundation for loving another person.

Thích Nhất Hạnh

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Swami Vivekananda

We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.

Chuck Palahniuk

Do not let the behaviour of others destroy your inner peace.

Dalai Lama

Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.