Zen Quotes

Zen by Sheilan

– ZEN QUOTES –

“If you are unable to find the truth right where you are, where else do you expect to find it?”  ~by Dōgen

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“When the mind is the master, you live in a hell.  When you are the master of your mind, you live in the land of the Buddhas.” ~by Bodhidharma

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“When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing. ” ~by Jack Kerouac Path To Enlightenment in The Dharma Bums

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“Preoccupied with a single leaf you won’t see the tree.” ~ by Unknown

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“Although gold dust is precious, when it gets in your eyes, it obstructs your vision.” ~by Hsi-Tang

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“A flower falls even though we love it and a weed grows even though we do not love it.” ~by Dogen Zenji

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“Your Treasure House is in yourself, it contains all you need.” ~by Hui Hai, Zen Teaching of Instantaneous Awakening

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“A Cup of Tea – Nan-in, a Japanese master received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.  Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.  The professor watched the overflow until he could no longer restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”  “Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your up?” ~by Nyogen Senzaki

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“Not till your thoughts cease all their branching here and there, not till you abandon all thoughts of seeking for something, not till your mind is motionless as wood or stone, will you be on the right road to the Gate.”  ~by Huang Po, The Zen Teaching of Huang Po: On the Transmission of Mind

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“Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” _by D.T. Suzuki, Zen and Japanese Culture

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“Not thinking about anything is Zen. Once you know this, walking, sitting, or lying down, everything you do is Zen.”  ~by Bodhidharma, The Zen Teaching of Bodhidharma

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“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there”  ~by Robert M. Pirsig

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Having An Opinion

Higher Self by Sheilan

Higher Self by Sheilan

In the advaita and non-duality community, I have seen people thinking that to have an opinion is unenlightened and undesirable!!!!  My perception and opinion 😉 is this: concerning enlightenment, it matters not if we have opinions or not. What matters is our attachment and identification to the opinion that we make. This shows a subtle and important distinction and understanding of Self.

The ego is not the issue or problem.  It is our attachment to what the ego does and says, which keeps us from enlightenment.  It is our beliefs we are the ego/body foremost and deny soul it’s due reign over all parts of Self.  Sometimes in the process of giving soul it’s due we go to the other extreme and deny our opinions and then we appear cardboard like.  This reveals we our identifying our Self, on some, level as the ego/body. The ego/body self is our vehicle.  We do not exist without the container of ego/body and higher self.  The ego is not the part of Self, which identifies.  So then what deeper part of us is doing the identifying?  It is the part of us, which is in the process of waking up to Self and why we chose to come to earth school.

We become handicapped when we deny or don’t recognize all parts of Self.  To be balanced and whole is to embrace having an opinion and an ego, while knowing we are soul/consciousness foremost and so live our lives surrendered to Consciousness and soul.  Our higher self, which many do not realizes exists, is the part of us which is the bridge between the other two parts of Self and that ,which is awakening to Self.  While on earth we are all three parts of Self.  Jesus Christ called these three parts of Self the Father (soul/Consciousness), Son (human body) and Holy Ghost (higher self). When not on an earth like school, we are soul and higher self.  Higher self can be known and directly connected and communicated with via our meditations.

Enjoy your opinion!

Sheilan 2013

“We are not human beings having a spiritual experience; we are spiritual beings having a human experience.”   ~ by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Le Phénomène Humain (1955)

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