We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.
Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.
After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you take up there.
Zen opens a man's eyes to the greatest mystery as it is daily and hourly performed; it enlarges the heart to embrace eternity of time and infinity of space in its every palpitation; it makes us live in the world as if walking in the garden of Eden.
In Zen, poverty is voluntary, and considered not really as poverty so much as simplicity, freedom, unclutteredness.
Begin to see what is in front of you, rather than what you learned is there.
Zen ... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one's own rules--this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.
Zen says: be empty. Look without any idea. Look into the nature of things but with no idea, with no prejudice, with no presupposition.
For Zen, man is the goal; man is the end unto himself. God is not something above humanity, God is something hidden within humanity. Man is carrying God in himself as a potentiality.
Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.