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Zen is a school of Buddhism that strongly emphasizes on non attachment. Buddha is the most misunderstood person in the history of mankind. He always insisted his followers on being themselves, he was against the concept of God but the paradox is that his own followers has made Buddha himself the God. Zen Buddhism is that school of Buddhism which has understood Buddha.
To be a Zen Buddhist, we need awareness. If we get attached to zen buddhism itself, then we have missed the point. It's not a religion at all, it's a way of living, living a simple, compassionate life.
Here are few Zen quotes that will help you understand what Zen is and what Zen is not.
All conditioned things are impermanent. Work out your own salvation with diligence. Gautam Budhha's last words.
Let go over a cliff, die completely and then come back to life and after that you cannot be deceived. zen proverb
Getting rid of things and clinging to emptiness is an illness of the same kind; it is just like throwing oneself into fire to avoid being drowned. Yungchia
Whether you are going or staying or sitting or lying down, the whole world is your own self. You must find out whether the mountains, rivers, grass and forests exist in your own mind or exist outside it. Analyze the ten thousand things. Dissect them minutely. And when you take this to the limit, you will come to the limitless. When you search into it, you come to the end of search. Where thinking goes no further and distinctions vanish. When you smash the citadel of doubt, then the Buddha is simply yourself. Daikaku
Before enlightment, chop wood, carry water. After enlightment, chop wood, carry water. Zen Proverb
Zen doesn't confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling the potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes. Alan Watts
Move and the way will open. Zen proverb
I cannot tell if what the world considers 'happiness' is happiness or not. All I know is the that when I consider the way they go about attaining it, I see them carried away headlong, grim and obsessed in the general onrush of the human herd, unable to stop themselves or to change their direction. All the while they claim to be just on the point of attaining happiness. Chunag Tzu
A lifetime is not what's between the moments of birth and death; a lifetime is one moment between my two little breaths. Chade Meng
See with your eyes, hear with your ears. Nothing is hidden. zen proverb
Just think of the trees: they let the birds perch and fly, with no intention to call them when they come and no longing for their return when they fly away. If people's hearts can be like the trees, they will not be off the way. Langya
Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes and the grass grows by itself. Zen proverb
To have some deep feeling about Buddhism is not the point; we just do what we should do, like eating supper and going to bed. This is Buddhism! Suzuki Roshi
It has been said that if you could become another person for even a few moments, you would probably become enlightened. So, strong is our attachment to the idea of who we are that even the smallest jolt out of it can have an immense effect. Langya
What is this mind? Who is hearing these sounds? Do not mistake any state for self-realization. Continue to ask yourself: What is it that hears? Bassui
A silent mind is beautiful and dynamic. zen saying
You do not need to leave your room, remain sitting at your table and listen. Do not even listen, simply wait. Do not even wait, be still and solitary. The world will freely offer itself to you. To be unmasked, it has no choice. It will roll in ecstasy at your feet. Franz Kafka
Be Yourself! Buddha.
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