25 Beautiful Zen and Tibetan Buddhism Quotes That Will Change Your Perspective on Life

Zen Buddhism and Tibetan Buddhism come from schools of Buddhism. Zen Buddhism tends to emphasize regular meditation practice and insight into daily life. Tibetan Buddhism comprises the teachings of the three vehicles of Buddhism, the Foundational Vehicle, Mahayana and Vajrayana. The best known face of Tibetan Buddhism is the Dalai Lama, who has lived in exile in India since he fled Chinese occupation of his country in 1959. Tibetan Buddhism combines the essential teachings of Mahayana Buddhism with Tantric and Shamanic, and material from an ancient Tibetan religion called Bon.

Here are some of the top quotes from these schools of thought that will inspire you to be more real and less fake.

On interbeing

“The light of the sun is the manifestation of the clarity of the sky; and the sky is the basic condition necessary for the manifestation of the sun’s light. So, too, in the sky two, three, four, or any number of suns could arise; but the sky always remains indivisibly one sky. Similarly, every individual’s state of presence is unique and distinct, but the void nature of the individual is universal, and common to all beings.”
― Namkhai Norbu

“Nothing ever exists entirely alone. Everything is in relation to everything else.” – Buddha

On the present moment

“If you miss the present moment, you miss your appointment with life. That is very serious!” – Thich Nhat Hanh

“When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.” – Shunryu Suzuki

“Where you are right now is where you are.” – Zen Proverb

On impermanence

“One must be deeply aware of the impermanence of the world.” – Dogen

On your true self

“The self divides into ten billion distinct illuminating spirits. Distinguish these without falling into names and classifications.” – Hongzhi

“To study Buddhism is to study the self. To study the self is to forget the self. To forget the self is to be awakened by all things.” – Dogen

Direct Experience

“My finger can point to the moon, but my finger is not the moon. You don’t have to become my finger, nor do you have to worship my finger. You have to forget my finger, and look at where it is pointing.” – Osho

“What is important is not the right doctrine but the attainment of the true experience. It is giving up believing in belief.” – Alan Keightley

“Many people are alive but don’t touch the miracle of being alive.” — Thich Nhat Hanh

On Awakening

“When an ordinary man attains knowledge, he is a sage; when a sage attains understanding, he is an ordinary man.” – Zen Proverb

“Flow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.” – Chuang

“Let go over a cliff, die completely, and then come back to life — after that you cannot be deceived.” – Zen Proverb

“Each step along the Buddha’s path to happiness requires practising mindfulness until it becomes part of your daily life.” – Henepola Gunaratana

“Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.” – Zen Proverb

“Self-realization is effortless. What you are trying to find is what you already are.” – Ramesh Balsekar

On reality

“Still water has no mind to receive the image of the migrating geese.” – Zen Proverb

“In the scenery of spring, nothing is better, nothing worse; the flowering branches are; some long, some short.” – Eicho

“There is no mistake in nature.” – Byron Katie

“No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.” – Zen Proverb

“As a bee gathering nectar does not harm or disturb the color & fragrance of the flower; so do the wise move through the world.” – Buddha

On suffering and letting go

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

“A follower of the way has neither form nor shape, neither root nor trunk; nor dwelling place; like a fish leaping in the water.” – Rinzai Zen proverb

On sharing happiness

“Thousand of candles can be lighted from a single candle.
Happiness never ceases by being shared.” – Buddhist Proverb



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