When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of it’s red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on any one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit.

― Takuan Soho

 

The moon reflecting in the water, does not get wet, nor is the water disturbed. Although it’s light is extensive & great, the moon is reflected even in a puddle one inch across.

― Dogen

 

When laughing, laugh from your deepest heart; when crying, cry from your deepest heart; and in this way you can fill the heavens and earth with the essence of what you are feeling and then leave nothing behind.

― Shodo Harada Roshi

 

The least expression of weather variation, a soft rain or gentle breeze, touches me as a―what can I say?―miracle of unmatched wonder, beauty, and goodness. There is nothing to do: just to be is a supremely total act.

― Mrs. D.K

 

The least act such as eating or scratching an arm, is not at all simple. It is a merely visible moment in a network of causes and effects reaching forward into unknowingness and back into and infinity of silence, where individual consciousness cannot even enter.

― Mrs. D.K

 

Make every single day a celebration of life. You don’t need a holiday to celebrate life. You don’t need to wait till valentines or your anniversary to tell your loved one that you love them. Life can be celebrated and appreciated deeply in every single moment.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

Mountain peak at the height of winter lucid serenity

― Soen Nakagawa Roshi

 

Life passes us by in the blink of an eye. Always tell your loved ones what’s is in your heart, leave nothing unsaid. If you love them say it often.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

A child isn’t bound by the notion of summer, they are summer. When they run through the sprinkler they do not think of the wet carpet or floors, they simply run and laugh with every fiber of their being.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

If a person could immerse one’s self in nature or what one loves. That person then becomes one with what is around them. Quite naturally this quiets the mind, and a profound gratitude and joy arises.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

True freedom is the heart of a child.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

To be able to look out at the night sky with awe & wonder is a gift beyond measure. To feel the heartbeat of your loved ones or to see the beauty of this world. The way the clouds are never the same twice. The way it feels when you laugh with someone you love.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

Follow your heart.

― My Father

 

Being a kind or good person does not mean you will allow another person to mistreat or use you. This is a common misperception held by those with mal-intent. As Jesus said be as sweet as a dove and wise as a serpent.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

If we see deeply the total picture of the human world, how transient the world is, how fragile human life is, then we can hear the cries of the world. The cries of human beings are simultaneously the one who listens.

— Katagiri

 

At last I have met My own cool star

― Soen Nakagawa Roshi

 

All we have to do is just live. Take one step, and that one step must be stable. This means after using your consciousness with your best effort, then act, wholeheartedly. This one step is really not just one step: it is the universe.

― Katagiri

 

I find that introspection is necessary for us to be able to accept ourselves and to always try to be our best self. Likewise looking deeply to understand others who we love or are close to can help us gain understanding and a nonjudgmental acceptance for all that he or she is.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

― Confucius

 

The simplest things can bring the most happiness.

― Izabella Scorupco

 

These beautiful days … do not exist as mere pictures – maps hung upon the walls of memory to brighten at times when touched by association or will … They saturate themselves into every part of the body and live always.

― John Muir

 

Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.

― Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.

― Mark Twain

 

When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive – to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.

― Marcus Aurelius

 

Carve the mandala of the stars on this ancient tree

― Soen Nakagawa Roshi

 

The cause of ignorance is the mind. It is thoughts, ideas, and labels, that make us perceive the world in ways other than they actually are. We misperceive reality, because we are projecting. We project mind images onto the whole universe. We do not see it for what it is.

― Just AnotherPerson

 

Fragrance of lilies throughout the night dreaming for a nation

― Soyen Shaku Roshi

 

His activity was based on human thirsting desire, but his purpose was vast, extending in the universe. If you use thirsting desire in a selfish way it is really dangerous, but if you use thirsting desire for the benefit of others, your purpose, your hope extends far.

― Katagiri

 

My legacy ― What will it be? Flowers in spring, The cuckoo in summer, And the crimson maples Of autumn.

― Ryokan

 

Nothing in the cry of cicadas suggests they are about to die

― Basho

 

We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end of them.

― Seneca

 

We cannot attach to either idea about the law of causation, that a good cause will bring a good result, because everything is changing constantly. Within this situation the point is how can we live in peace and harmony for the good of people and future generations.

— Katagiri

 

Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.

― Matsuo Basho

 

I was born from the blue sky. I can see one thousand great worlds and three thousand stars around my feet. How indulgently Sun and Moon run among them! My eyebrows are all white, and I do not remember my age.

― Jakushitsu

 

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

― Confucius

 

All darkness vanished, when I saw the Lamp within my heart.

— Kabir

 

Love transforms one into what one loves.

— St. Catherine of siena

 

Beyond our likes and dislikes, we have to pay attention to how we actually live. Right in the middle of good and bad, right and wrong, our lives go on constantly.

— Dainin Katagiri

 

Clearness! Sky and water, reflecting my heart.

― Soen Nakagawa Roshi

 

Perceive that which cannot be seen with the eye.

— Miyamoto Mushashi

 

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

― Confucius

 

Within the blue fog, Mountains sleep―piling up one after another. Even a boat floats desertedly On the calm lake. In the high tower I wake from a midnight dream; With whom shall I talk about the roundness of the half-moon?

― Soyen Shaku Roshi

 

It is only through shadows that one comes to know the light.

— St. Catherine of siena

 

The sky grew darker, painted blue on blue, one stroke at a time into deeper and deeper shades of night.

— Haruki Murakami

 

Reach high, for stars lie hidden in you. Dream deep, for every dream precedes the goal.

— Rabindranath Tagore

 

The purpose of today’s training is to defeat yesterday’s understanding.

— Miyamoto Mushashi

 

What is it that stands higher than words? Action. What is it that stands higher than action? Silence.

— Francis of Assisi

 

This mountain has neither ugly rocks, nor clumsy trees. It raises itself ten thousand feet towards the cold heaven. Even a stray cloud does not cling around the mountain. Only the moon showers its pale light abundantly over the summit.

― Jakushitsu

 

When you feel most alive, find out why, This is one guest you won’t greet twice.

— Kabir

 

The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life.

— Rabindranath Tagore

 

… let us unite, not in spite of our differences, but through them. For differences can never be wiped away, and life would be so much the poorer without them. Let all human races keep their own personalities, and yet come together, not in a uniformity that is dead, but in a unity that is living.

— Rabindranath Tagore

 

All the darkness in the world, cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.

— Francis of Assisi

 

Ask the beasts, and they will teach you the beauty of this earth.

— Francis of Assisi

 

Where there is no love, pour love in, and you will draw love out.

— John of the Cross

 

Heaven and earth give themselves. Air, water, plants and humans give themselves to each other. It is in this giving-to-each-other that we actually live. Whether you appreciate it or not it’s true.

— Kodo Sawaki

 

Whatever you think is delusion.

— Dainin Katagiri

 

All the principles of heaven and earth are living inside you. Life itself is truth, and this will never change. Everything in heaven and earth breathes. Breath is the thread that ties creation together.

―Morihei Ueshiba

 

From the sea of effortlessness, let your great uncaused compassion shine forth.

― Hakuin Ekaku

 

If only you could hear, the sound of snow.

― Hakuin Ekaku

 

“When you do something, you should burn yourself completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.”

― Shunryu Suzuki

 

“Once you are not disturbed by the Blue Jay, the Blue Jay will come right into your heart, and you will be a Blue Jay.”

― Shunryu Suzuki

 

 “Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure.”

― Shunryu Suzuki

 

If you wish to know the divine, feel the wind on your face and the warm sun on your back.

― Eido Tai Shimano Roshi

 

The whole moon and entire sky are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.

― Dogen Zengi

 

The broad arms of this dusty world hold few true friends.

One feels the pangs of loneliness, and see―

How cold the autumn air becomes!

But no, behold your search is ended here,

For countless mountains, blue afar, and green ones near,

Remain your friends eternal.

― Jakushitsu

 

One hut built on the whole universe.
From here I can see mountains, rivers and good earth
As my own garden.
Once I was annoyed with human language
Of good and bad, liking and disliking.
I can hear those voices from here, like the music of paradise.

― Soyen Shaku Roshi

 

Into the twilight Zendo Maple leaves come dancing

― Soen Nakagawa Roshi

 

He walks freely in the world, And goes just one way. From the eternal past, to the eternal future, He is alone. No one accompanies him. If you ask him how old he is, He will look at you with a smile, And point to the endless sky.

― Jakushitsu Genko Zenji

 

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.

– Lao Tzu

 

The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane.

― Marcus Aurelius

 

Receive a guest with the same attitude you have when alone. When alone, maintain the same attitude you have in receiving guests.

— Shaku Roshi

 

Have the fearless attitude of a hero and the loving heart of a child.

— Shaku Roshi

 

As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.

— Shunryu Suzuki

 

We must learn to live together as brothers or we will perish together as fools.

— Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Joy is being willing for things to be as they are.

— Charlotte Joko Beck

 

Not knowing how near the truth is, we seek it far away.

— Hakuin Ekaku

 

If you forget yourself, you become the universe.

— Hakuin Ekaku

 

Swallow the stars until you are one with the universe, with all-pervading universal life.

— Sôen Nakagawa Roshi

 

All beings are flowers blossoming In a blossoming universe.

— Sôen Nakagawa Roshi

 

“When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”

― Rumi

 

“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”

― Rumi

 

But do not ask me where I am going, As I travel in this limitless world, Where every step I take is my home.

— Dogen

 

The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.

— Yasutani Roshi

 

Compassion is like spring water under the ground. Your life is like a pipe that can tap into that underground spring. When you tap into it, water immediately comes up. So drive your pipe into the ground. Tap into the water of compassion.

— Dainin Katagiri

 

The moment between before and after is called Truth.

— Dainin Katagiri

 

You yourself are time- your body, your mind, the objects around you. Plunge into the river of time and swim, instead of standing on the banks and noting the course of the currents.

— Philip Kapleau

 

How solemn each patch of grass illumined by the moon

— Sôen Nakagawa Roshi

 

Splendid affinity sun’s great halo green leaves

— Sôen Nakagawa Roshi

 

Nature’s first green is gold, Her hardest hue to hold. Her early leaf’s a flower; But only so an hour. Then leaf subsides to leaf, So Eden sank to grief, So dawn goes down to day. Nothing gold can stay.

― Robert Frost

 

“Waste no more time arguing what a good man should be. Be one.”

– Marcus Aurelius.

 

“What we do now echoes in eternity.”

― Marcus Aurelius