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Taïsen Deshimaru Quotes

Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “You have to practice until you die.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” I say, “I do not think, that is why I exist.””
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “During zazen, brain and consciousness become pure. It’s exactly like muddy water left to stand in a glass. Little by little, the sediment sinks to the bottom and the water becomes pure.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Think with your whole body.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “To practice Zen or the Martial Arts, you must live intensely, wholeheartedly, without reserve – as if you might die in the next instant.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Harmonizing opposites by going back to their source is the distinctive quality of the Zen attitude, the Middle Way: embracing contradictions, making a synthesis of them, achieving balance.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them. Close them, and all you can feel is a bit of grit.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Time is not a line, but a series of now-points.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated. In Zazen neither intention, analysis, specific effort nor imagination take place. It’s enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance – embracing all opposites.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Human beings are afraid of dying. They are always running after something: money, honor, and pleasure. But if you had to die now, what would you want?”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “The body moves naturally, automatically, without any personal intervention or awareness. If we think too much, our actions become slow and hesitant.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “From your first day at school you are cut off from life to make theories.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “We feel our shell keeps us safe, but it crushes us and others, and keeps out light and sun.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “You must concentrate upon and consecrate yourself wholly to each day, as though a fire were raging in your hair.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “In a fight between a strong technique and a strong body, technique will prevail. In a fight between a strong mind and a strong technique, mind will prevail, because it will find the weak point.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “To receive everything, one must open one’s hands and give.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “If you have a glass full of liquid you can discourse forever on its qualities, discuss whether it is cold, warm, whether it is really and truly composed of H-2-O, or even mineral water, or sake. Meditation is Drinking it!”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “You cannot separate any part from the whole: interdependence rules the cosmic order.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “The silence of the mountain is even more beautiful once the birds are quiet.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “Train the body and develop stamina and endurance. But the spirit of competition and power that presides over them is not good, it reflects a distorted vision of life. The root of the martial arts is not there.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “If we achieve satori and the satori shows, like a bit of dogshit stuck to the top of our nose, that is not so good.”
Taïsen Deshimaru Quote: “We should learn to think with our fingers.”
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