May’s Zen Quote

My favorite quote from my Zen calendar for May was from May 9th:

At the center of your being you have the answer; you know who you are and you know what you want.


I also liked, from yesterday:

Do not conquer the world with force,

For force only causes resistance.

Thorns spring up when an army passes.

Years of misery follow a great victory.

Do only what needs to be done,

Without using violence


And May 8th:

The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there

Robert M Pirsig

And finally from May 19:

If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.

Chinese proverb

Lao-tzu obviously spoke to me this month. It seems his existence is being debated or when he was alive is being debated. Sometime between 6 and 4 century BC. Even his name seems to be in doubt. He is meant to be the founder of Taoism.

Robert M Pirsig is totally at the other end of the spectrum in terms of what is known about him. After all he is still alive. He is the author of Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance.