Quotes

Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place.

Taisen Deshimaru

Zazen is like water in a glass. Leave the water to sit quietly and soon the dirt will sink down, down, and the water will become pure.

Taisen Deshimaru

In a sutra it is written that if you want to have a second bowl of soup and at this moment you decide not to have it, then this will become a great fuse for all humanity. If you wish to change…

Taisen Deshimaru

Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated.

Taisen Deshimaru

You cannot separate any part from the whole: interdependence rules the cosmic order.

Taisen Deshimaru

What is called zazen is sitting on a zafu [pillow] in a quiet room, absolutely still, in the exact and proper position and without uttering a word, the mind empty of any thought, good or wicked.…

Taisen Deshimaru

Time is not a line, but a series of now-points.

Taisen Deshimaru

During zazen, brain and consciousness become pure. It's exactly like muddy water left to stand in a glass. Little by little, the sediment sinks to the bottom and the water becomes pure.

Taisen Deshimaru

In a fight between a strong technique and a strong body, technique will prevail. In a fight between a strong mind and a strong technique, mind will prevail, because it will find the weak point.…

Taisen Deshimaru

To receive everything, one must open one's hands and give.

Taisen Deshimaru