Shunryu Suzuki Quotes

Who is Shunryu Suzuki?

Shunryū Suzuki was a Sōtō Zen monk and teacher who helped popularize Zen Buddhism in the United States, and is renowned for founding the first Buddhist monastery outside Asia.

A book of his teachings, "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind", is one of the most popular books on Zen and Buddhism in the West.

Born May 18, 1904
Died December 04, 1971

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Best 12 Quotes by Shunryu Suzuki

“As soon as you see something, you already start to intellectualize it. As soon as you intellectualize something, it is no longer what you saw.”

“Everything is perfect, but there is a lot of room for improvement.”

“How much 'ego' do you need? Just enough so that you don't step in front of a bus.”

“How much ego do you need? Just enough so that you don't step in front of a bus.”

“I think you're all enlightened, until you open your mouths.”

“Leave your front door and your back door open.
Allow your thoughts to come and go.
Just don't serve them tea.”

“Moment after moment everything comes out of nothingness. This is the true joy of life.”

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“Strictly speaking, there is no such thing as an enlightened person. There is only enlightened activity.”

“Treat every moment as your last. It is not preparation for something else.”

“When my master and I were walking in the rain, he would say, 'Do not walk so fast, the rain is everywhere'.”

“Wherever you go you will find your teacher, as long as you have the eyes to see and the ears to hear.”

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind Quotes

“When you try to understand everything, you will not understand anything. The best way is to understand yourself, and then you will understand everything.”

Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind

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