Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Zen wisdom

A Zen master once said to me, "Do the opposite of whatever I tell you." So I didn't.

Paradise is exactly like where you are right now ... only much, much better.
Laurie Anderson

- What is nirvana?
- "Nothing happens next. This is it." said the old monk to the young one.

I'd like to offer something to help you but in the Zen School we don't have a single thing!
Zen Master Ikkyu

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

If you tell the truth, you don't have to remember anything.

Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.


A student once asked Zen teacher Steve Allen,
"If you were given a wish-fulfilling jewel, what would you wish for?" "To stop wishing," replied Allen.

Q: How much "ego" do you need?
A: Just enough so that you don't step in front of a bus.
Shunryu Suzuki
Last updated: February 5, 2006

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