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Quotes of Zen

"Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance."
- Taisen Deshimaru

 

"I come to realize that mind is no other than mountains and rivers and the great wide earth, the sun and the moon and stars."
- Dogen Zenji

 

"One who conquers himself is greater than another who conquers a thousand times a thousand on the battlefield."
- Buddha

 

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

 

"Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water."
- Buddha