Top 40 Zen Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Zen Quotes from famous people such as David Sylvian, Robert M. Pirsig, Stacey D’Erasmo, Peter Farrelly, David O. Russell, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn't necessa

Zen Buddhism is a discipline where belief isn’t necessary.
David Sylvian
The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Robert M. Pirsig
I never thought much about God, certainly never wondered whether God was thinking about me, until I fell in love with a Zen Buddhist priest.
Stacey D’Erasmo
I always take kind of a zen view of casting and I really don’t remember people who passed. I kind of turn it over to the universe and figure, ‘Wow, I guess that wasn’t meant to be.’ It doesn’t sit with me.
Peter Farrelly
I think any spiritual experience that’s worthwhile is not about ego and it will humble you in some way. And also, a Zen monk once said to me, ‘If you’re not laughing, then you’re not getting it.’
David O. Russell
I think that that’s why artists make art – it is difficult to put into words unless you are a poet. What it takes is being open to the flow of universal creativity. The Zen artists knew this.
Alex Grey
Well, I believe life is a Zen koan, that is, an unsolvable riddle. But the contemplation of that riddle – even though it cannot be solved – is, in itself, transformative. And if the contemplation is of high enough quality, you can merge with the divine.
Tom Robbins
When you’ve done the technical part, you’re then into the joy, the zen, into being. Technology no longer exists for you. You’re then into the mystery of the thing you’re doing.
William Shatner
Mourning doesn’t always mean zen, mourning doesn’t always mean somber, mourning can just be a celebration of a life of people. It’s not always about wearing black and listening to a Sarah McLachlan song.
Bob the Drag Queen
In Japanese art, space assumed a dominant role and its position was strengthened by Zen concepts.
Stephen Gardiner
I love jeans and T-shirts, but for red carpets, I like Oscar de la Renta, who is timeless. Marchesa celebrates the female form in an ethereal way. Donna Karan does an Urban Zen collection, which is eco-friendly. I love socially conscious fashion.
Serinda Swan
We must recognize our own behavioral errors. To be blunt, you are not likely to become a cognitive Zen master anytime soon. But a little enlightenment could keep you from making some common investing errors.
Barry Ritholtz
Zen, per se, is not just an art, it’s not just a religion, it’s a realisation.
Gene Clark
I use a Bruce Lee technique: ‘The way of no way.’ He had the idea that he would learn everything, so that whoever he had to fight, he could improvise anything. The best way of starting a gig is just to not think of anything – to clear your mind, not in an empty Zen state, but more just to go on and see where you go.
Eddie Izzard
Anything by D. H. Lawrence or Jean Genet – ‘Zen Mind,’ ‘Beginner’s Mind’ is my daily go to for non-fiction.
Brian J. Smith
The only Zen you can find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
Robert M. Pirsig
As we grow up, we’re constantly defining ourselves. In my case: Caucasian, male, born in Iowa, live in Boston, Zen Buddhist, good at learning languages. With countless labels, I build up this creation I call my self.
Robert J. Waldinger
I don’t lack confidence. I don’t sweat. I don’t want to get too Zen on you, but I have to run my own race.
Brad Grey
I consider writing practice a true Zen practice because it all comes back at you. You can’t fool anyone because it’s on the page.
Natalie Goldberg
I actually shoot. I enjoy target practice. I find it really zen. You focus on nothing but the target. You have to control your breathing. It’s all part of my years in the military, where I was taught to become a marksman but also to respect my weapon.
Tammy Duckworth
My feeling or philosophy is closer to Taoism and Zen Buddhism, ’cause it’s the most practical.
Harry Dean Stanton
It is not good to talk about Zen, because Zen is nothingness… If you talk about it, you are always lying, and if you don’t talk about it, no one knows it is there.
Robert M. Pirsig
I snap at people I love all the time, and that makes me feel bad about myself. I want to be Zen. I am so not Zen. Whatever Zen is, I’m the opposite of it.
Glennon Doyle Melton
My blogging life is basically goalless. I like the zen nature of that, and paradoxically, it improves results.
Seth Godin
If you study the writings of the mystics, you will always find things in them that appear to be paradoxes, as in Zen, particularly.
Alan Watts
Working out is my biggest hobby. It’s my Zen hour. I just zone out.
Zac Efron
Whether you are a genius or an idiot, a thief or, like me, a Zen priest who has cultivated the mind for 30 years – the mind anyway is subject to conditions.
Zoketsu Norman Fischer
The way I meditate is by being organised. I can get real Zen if I go home and tidy the front room.
Anthony Joshua
Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.
John Bradshaw
Abundant choice doesn’t force us to look for the absolute best of everything. It allows us to find the extremes in those things we really care about, whether that means great coffee, jeans cut wide across the hips, or a spouse who shares your zeal for mountaineering, Zen meditation, and science fiction.
Virginia Postrel
Today, I regularly attend two Buddhist organizations, the Zen Center of Los Angeles and Against the Stream, but I also attend certain Christian functions. I try to cultivate a generous, kind spirit and am open to anything to help get me there.
Maggie Rowe
I like the Zen artists: they'd do some work, and then t

I like the Zen artists: they’d do some work, and then they’d stop for a while.
Saul Leiter
I am not a big technology person. I don’t go on the Internet really much at all. Drawing is like a zen thing; it’s private, which in this day and age is harder to come by.
Tim Burton
Anywhere which is in a forest, that’s my zen place.
Raveena Tandon
I have a profound affection for Buddhism, and Zen Buddhism’s particular ways of meditating.
John McLaughlin
Cooking is one of the most zen things – you have to be there.
Roy Choi
Green politics at its worst amounts to a sort of Zen fascism; less extreme, it denounces growth and seeks to stop the world so that we can all get off.
Chris Patten
Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
Alan Watts
I can make a couple of good sandwiches: tuna salad and chopped egg salad. And Greek bean soup. I was a cook for my old Zen master for many years. So there were two or three dishes that he liked, you know. Teriyaki salmon, a few things.
Leonard Cohen
Surfing soothes me, it’s always been a kind of Zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I’m on a wave.
Paul Walker