Zen Proverbs

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Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water, after enlightenment chop wood, carry water.

— Zen Proverb

Day after day the sun.

— Zen Proverb

Do not permit the events of your daily life to bind you, but never withdraw yourself from them.

— Zen Proverb

If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.

— Zen Proverb

Knock on the sky and listen to the sound!

— Zen Proverb

Knowledge is learning something new every day. Wisdom is letting go of something every day.

— Zen Proverb

Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it’s dark.

— Zen Proverb

Move and the way will open.

— Zen Proverb

No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.

— Zen Proverb

One moon shows in every pool; in every pool, the one moon.

— Zen Proverb

Regardless of your lot in life, you can build something beautiful on it.

— Zen Proverb

Ride your horse along the edge of a sword; hide yourself in the middle of flames.

— Zen Proverb

Sit quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.

— Zen Proverb

Stand up to your obstacles; do something about them. You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.

— Zen Proverb

The infinite is in the finite of every instant.

— Zen Proverb

The more we attune to peace, the more radiant our lives become.

— Zen Proverb

The opposite of a great truth is also true.

— Zen Proverb

The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.

— Zen Proverb

The water flows, but back into the ocean. The moon sinks, but is even in Heaven.

— Zen Proverb

Time passes quickly and opportunity is lost. Each of us must strive to awaken. Do not squander your lives.

— Zen Proverb

Touch the hole in your life, and there flowers will bloom.

— Zen Proverb