Zen quotes about mind


    Look for Buddha outside your own mind

    Look for Buddha outside your own mind,
    and Buddha becomes the devil.


    Calm in quietude is not real calm

    Calm in quietude is not real calm. When you can be calm in the midst of activity, this is the true state of nature. Happiness in comfort is not real happiness. When you can be happy in the midst of hardship, then you see the true potential of the mind.


    Our life is shaped by our mind

    Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Suffering follows an evil thought as the wheels of a cart follow the oxen that draws it. Our life is shaped by our mind; we become what we think. Joy follows a pure thought like a shadow that never leaves.


    Clear mind is like the full moon

    Clear mind is like the full moon in the sky. Sometimes clouds come and cover it, but the moon is always behind them. Clouds go away, then the moon shines brightly. So don’t worry about clear mind: it is always there. When thinking comes, behind it is clear mind. When thinking goes, there is only clear mind. Thinking comes and goes, comes and goes, You must not be attached to the coming or the going.


    Externally keep yourself away from all relationships

    Externally keep yourself away from all relationships, and internally have no paintings in your heart. When your mind is like unto a straight-standing wall, you may enter into the path.