430 Zen Quotes That Will Make You Feel Peaceful

When you realize nothing is lacking, the whole world belongs to you. Lao Tzu

Let go, or be dragged. Zen Proverb

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius

To seek is to suffer. To seek nothing is bliss. Bodhidharma

Mind is like a mad monkey. Sathya Sai Baba

Wise men don’t judge – they seek to understand. Wei Wu Wei

When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish. Huang Po

Wherever you are, it’s the place you need to be. Maxime Lagacé

The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. Confucius

Rest and be kind, you don’t have to prove anything. Jack Kerouac

See also: positive quotes, silence quotes, Buddha quotes

The Best Zen Quotes

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Relax. Nothing is under control. Adi Da

I live by letting things happen. Dogen

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. Pema Chödrön

You are exactly where you need to be. Unknown

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing. Meister Eckhart

Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. Buddha

Who you are is always right. Ming-Dao Deng

The search for happiness is one of the chief sources of unhappiness. Eric Hoffer

The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering. Ram Dass

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. Confucius

Still your waters. Josh Waitzkin

Relax. Nothing’s missing. Maxime Lagacé

Learn to be comfortable in adversity but most importantly, learn to be comfortable when you’re bored. Maxime Lagacé

If a warrior is not unattached to life and death, he will be of no use whatsoever. Yamamoto Tsunetomo (Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai)

The mind of the beginner is empty, free of the habits of the expert, ready to accept, to doubt, and open to all the possibilities. Shunryu Suzuki (Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind)

The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands. Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance)

Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend. Bruce Lee

Everything that happens to you is a form of instruction if you pay attention. Robert Greene

I don’t mind what happens. That is the essence of inner freedom. Jiddu Krishnamurti

The less you try to impress, the more peaceful you can be. Maxime Lagacé

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. Lao Tzu

Do you have the patience to wait until your mud settles and the water is clear? Lao Tzu

Where can I find a man who has forgotten words so I can talk with him? Zhuangzi

Forget the years, forget distinctions. Leap into the boundless and make it your home. Zhuangzi

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go. Rumi

When we discover that the truth is already in us, we are all at once our original selves. Dogen

When one first seeks the truth, one separates oneself from it. Dogen

Peace of mind is that mental condition in which you have accepted the worst. Lin Yutang

Don’t seek, don’t search, don’t ask, don’t knock, don’t demand – relax. Osho

Wherever you are, be there totally. Eckhart Tolle

And when they played they really played. And when they worked they really worked. Dr. Seuss

Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions. Seng-ts’an

One loses joy and happiness in the attempt to possess them. Masanobu Fukuoka

Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun. Alan Watts

Muddy water is best cleared by leaving it alone. Alan Watts

Every experience is a lesson. Every loss is a gain. Sathya Sai Baba

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