zen notes

The true purpose (of Zen) is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes.

Shunryu Suzuki

 noun. \ ˈzen  \

1a Japanese sect of Mahayana Buddhism that aims at enlightenment by direct intuition through meditation

2 or zen a state of calm attentiveness in which one’s actions are guided by intuition rather than by conscious effort

Perhaps that is the zen of gardening—you become one with the plants, lost in the rhythm of the tasks at hand.



Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the world earth revolves.

Thich Nhat Hanh

from Shunryu Suzuki

Don’t seek the truth; just drop your opinions.

Misc. Japanese Zen masters

A Zen mindset involves accepting what is and not being held up by judging yourself for feeling a certain kind of way. Astonishingly, people find that letting things be also allows them to change. We should look at our inner selves with openness and acceptance rather than judgment. (Psychology Today)

from shunryu suzuki

someone used “zenaissance” in a recent essay title. i love it. naturally, there was no additional mention of the word, or what it meant. but i still love it. will have to think on it, and write about it down the road…

when we become truly ourselves, we just become a swinging door, and we are purely independent of, and at the same time, dependent on everything. shunryu suzuki

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