Zen Quote

I have a Zen-a-day calendar again this year and will regal you with my favorite quotes per month.

My top favorite, which I would do well to remember, is a Zen saying:

Open your mouth and you’re wrong.

Close behind are quotes from Leonardo da Vinci, Oscar Wilde, and Seng-Ts’an. These quotes seem to share a common theme.

From da Vinci:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

From Wilde:

Seriousness is the only refuge of the shallow.

From Seng-Ts’an:

The more talking and thinking, the farther from the truth.

And finally, the last word goes to Thomas Wolfe:

Which of us is not forever a stranger and alone.

Quotes from Dalai Lama

I don’t know when I last posted a quote from my Dalai Lama calendar so here are three from the last three months:


Sleep is the best meditation

So I’ve been meditating all day.


I love friends.  I want more friends.  I love smiles.  That is a fact.  How to develop smiles? There are a variety of smiles.  Some smiles are sarcastic.  Some are artificial – diplomatic smiles.  These smiles do not produce satisfaction, but rather fear or suspicion.  But a genuine smile gives us hope. freshness.


The ideas and activities of even a single individual can have far-reaching benefits for millions of people and other living creatures.

Quote of the Month

The Dalai Lama says:

Our prime purpose in this life is to help others. And if we can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them.

Dalai Lama Quote from July 2007

It is no longer adequate to adopt the view that our responsibility as a society is to simply further scientific knowledge and enhance technological power and that the choice of what to do with this knowledge and power should be left in the hands of the individual.

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Zen Quote from Dec 2006

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.

Chinese proverb

This is the last Zen Quote. For 2007 I have a calendar of Dalai Lama quotes. Hopefully I’ll find a quote to post each month from it!

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