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The words of truth are always paradoxical.
- Lao Tzu

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To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.
- Lao Tzu

A good traveler has no fixed plans,
and is not intent on arriving.
- Lao Tzu

By letting it go it all gets done.
The world is won by those who let it go.
But when you try and try.
The world is beyond the winning.
- Lao Tzu


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Children are natural Zen masters;
their world is brand new in each and every moment.
- John Bradshaw

Maybe So, Maybe Not.
- Ancient Taoist Proverb

Practice moment to moment non-judgemental awareness.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

 

Dwell in stillness.
Observe without reacting and without judging.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Fill your bowl to the brim and it will spill.
Keep sharpening your knife and it will blunt.
- Lao Tzu

All the suffering, stress, and addiction
comes from not realizing you already are what you are looking for.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Abandon hope.
- Pema Chodron

Be - don't try to become.
Being is enlightenment, becoming is ignorance.
- Osho

To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake
is to be continually thrown out of the nest.
- Pema Chodron

This moment! - this here-now - is forgotten
when you start thinking in terms of achieving something.
When the achieving mind arises,
you lose contact with the paradise you are in.
- Osho

He who knows himself is enlightened.
- Lao Tzu

I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly,
or whether I am now
a butterfly dreaming I am a man.
- Zhuangzi

"Beginner Mind" is a Zen Buddhist term
that describes moving past our assumptions
of the nature of our life,
and really SEEING our surroundings -
especially the people we interact with -
with new eyes.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The wise man looks into space,
and does not regard the small as too little,
nor the great as too much;
for he knows that there is no limit to dimensions.
- Lao Tzu

Can you let go of words and ideas,
attitudes and expectations?
If so, then the Tao will loom into view.
- Lao Tzu

Any change that comes about in your life
will be primarily because of your own efforts.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Stay at the center
and let all things take their course.
- Lao Tzu

Walking is Zen, sitting is Zen.
Then what will be the quality?
Watchfully alert, joyously unmotivated,
centered, loving, flowing, one walks.
And the walking is sauntering.
Loving, alert, watchful, one sits, unmotivated -
not sitting for anything in particular,
just enjoying how beautiful
just sitting doing nothing is,
how relaxing, how restful.
- Osho

We take care of the future best by taking care of the present now.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Breathe and let be.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Simply put, mindfulness is moment-to-moment non-judgmental awareness.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Manifest plainness, embrace simplicity,
reduce selfishness, have few desires.
- Lao Tzu

Overflowing Cup of Tea:
The Zen Master poured his visitor's teacup full, and then kept pouring.
The visitor watched until he could no longer restrain himself.
"It is overfull. No more will go in!"
"Like this cup," the Zen Master said,
"you are full of your own opinions and assumptions.
How can you learn truth until you first empty your cup?"
- Traditional Zen Koan

The whole world is a cyclone.
But once you have found the center, the cyclone disappears.
This nothingness is the ultimate peak of consciousness.
- Osho

To manage your mind,
know that there is nothing,
and then relinquish all attachment to nothingness.
- Lao Tzu

Don't choose. Accept life as it is in its totality.
- Osho

Be an Observer of Life.
See the events, feel the emotions,
and recognize the difference.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Besides the noble art of getting things done,
there is the noble art of leaving things undone.
The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.
- Lin Yutang

The man who is awakened, lives in such a way
that he leaves no footprints.
- Osho quoting The Buddha

If you are absolutely without mind,
just pure consciousness,
time stops completely,
disappears,
leaving no trace behind.
- Osho

The Tao abides in non-action,
Yet nothing is left undone.
- Lao Tzu

The moment you start seeing life
as non-serious, a playfulness,
all the burden on your heart disappears.
All the fear of death, of life,
of love - everything disappears.
- Osho

Yielding is the way of the Tao.
- Lao Tzu

What is the Sound of One Hand Clapping?
- Traditional Zen Koan

The mind constantly chatters.
That chatter winds up being the force
that drives us much of the day in terms of what we do,
what we react to, and how we feel.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Meditation is neither shutting things out nor off.
It is seeing things clearly,
and deliberately positioning yourself differently in relationship to them.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Those who have knowledge, don't predict.
Those who predict, don't have knowledge.
- Lao Tzu

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Mindfulness means paying attention in a particular way:
on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Patience is a form of wisdom.
It demonstrates that we understand and accept
the fact that sometimes things must unfold in their own time.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

When you become centered, suddenly there is great freedom
because you know you are not the mind and you are not the body.
- Osho

Dare to be naive.
- Buckminster Fuller

There is just this moment.
We are not trying to improve or to get anywhere else.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

If you really aren't trying to get anywhere else in this moment,
patience takes care of itself.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

Be still and know who you are.
- Kirtana

Mindfulness means being awake.
It means being aware of what you are doing.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

He who obtains has little.
He who scatters has much.
- Lao Tzu

Being wakeful in each and every moment of your life is meditation.
The simplest definition of meditation is:
when seeing, just see; when hearing, just hear.
- Josh Baran

Maybe life isn't really as complicated
as we make it out to be.
Perhaps a simple child-like attitude would create
a less stressful and happier life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Great acts are made up of small deeds.
- Lao Tzu

The water in a vessel is sparkling;
the water in the sea is dark.
The small truth has words which are clear;
the great truth has great silence.
- Rabindranath Tagore

Just watch this moment, without trying to change it at all.
What is happening? What do you feel?
What do you see? What do you hear?
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

As your silence grows; your friendliness, your love grows;
your life becomes a moment-to-moment dance, a joy, a celebration.
- Osho

Money is not required to buy one necessity of the soul.
- Henry David Thoreau

The True Path is the path on which
there is no coming and no going.
- Traditional Zen Koan

The Tao of the sage is work without effort.
Practice non-action. Work without doing.
- Lao Tzu

In meditation practice, the best way to get somewhere
is to let go of trying to get anywhere at all.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

When I find that I can't accept what is happening,
I turn my attention to accepting my non-acceptance.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In the midst of movement and chaos,
keep stillness inside of you.
- Deepak Chopra

He who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.
- Lao Tzu

Look at other people and ask yourself
if you are really seeing them or just your thoughts about them.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

The things of this world exist;
they are; you can't refuse them.
- Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching - Book One #2 - version by Ursula K. Le Guin

Give yourself permission to allow this moment to be exactly as it is,
and allow yourself to be exactly as you are.
- Jon Kabat-Zinn

One cannot have a mind that is empty of all thoughts,
but one can have a mind that is content with
whatever thoughts fill it at the moment.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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