zen and the tree

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11 zen sayings:

1. „To cry and not be carried away by tears, to laugh and not be carried away by laughter, is the way.”

2. „Before enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water. After enlightenment, I chopped wood and carried water.”

3. „In the scenery of spring,
nothing is better, nothing worse;
The flowering branches are
of themselves, some short, some long. (Ryokan)

4. „When you get to the top of the mountain, keep climbing.”

5. „Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.”

6. „When I eat, I eat; when I sleep, I sleep.”

7. „If you do not get it from yourself, where will you go for it?”

8. „Not thinking of good, not thinking of evil – tell me, what was your original face before your mother and father were born?”

9. „The fundamental delusion of humanity is to suppose that I am here and you are out there.” (Yasutani Roshi)

10. „If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.”

11. „If you wish to know the taste of seawater and you live on an island, set out towards the coast and keep going. When you reach the seashore all you then need to do is to bend down, put the finger into the water, and then into the mouth and you will know the taste of all the seven seas. So it is with freedom, it has but one single taste.”


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