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Zen Proverbs

Be master of mind rather than mastered by mind.
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Before Enlightenment: chop wood, carry water, after Enlightenment: chop wood, carry water.
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To know and not do is not yet to know.
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Life is the only thing worth living for.
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The tighter you squeeze, the less you have.
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Though the bamboo forest is dense, water flows through it freely.
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Better to struggle with a sick jackass than carry the wood by yourself.
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When you reach the top, keep climbing.
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The best leaders of all, the people know not they exist. They turn to each other and say We did it ourselves.
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When you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
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The infinite is in the finite of every instant.
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Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.
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Sitting quietly, doing nothing, spring comes, and the grass grows by itself.
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Better to see the face than to hear the name.
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There is nothing you can see that is not a flower; there is nothing you can think that is not the moon.
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All of the significant battles are waged within the self.
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To follow the path, look to the master, follow the master, walk with the master, see through the master, become the master.
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Live every day like your hair was on fire.
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Man stands in his own shadow and wonders why it's dark.
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There's no meaning to a flower unless it blooms.
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If you're attached to anything, you surely will go far astray.
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It takes a wise man to learn from his mistakes, but an even wiser man to learn from others.
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When you try to stay on the surface of the water, you sink; but when you try to sink, you float.
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Do not seek the truth, only cease to cherish your opinions.
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To a mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.
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Those who know don't tell and those who tell don't know.
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No snowflake ever falls in the wrong place.
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Where there is great doubt, there will be great awakening; small doubt, small awakening, no doubt, no awakening.
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From the withered tree, a flower blooms.
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Do not seek to follow in the footsteps of the men of old; seek what they sought.
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When the pupil is ready to learn, a teacher will appear.
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Sit, walk, or run, but don't wobble.
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If you understand, things are just as they are; if you do not understand, things are just as they are.
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The Great Way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
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The obstacle is the path.
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Only the crystal-clear question yields a transparent answer.
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If you want a certain thing, you must first be a certain person. Once you are that certain person, obtaining that certain thing will no longer be a concern of yours.
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After enlightenment, the laundry.
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Move and the way will open.
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The ten thousand questions are one question. If you cut through the one question, then the ten thousand questions disappear.
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Knock on the sky and Listen to the sound.
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Scratch first, itch later.
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Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.
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