D T Suzuki Quotes For Success In Life

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki was a Japanese author of books and essays on Buddhism, Zen (Chan), and Shin that were instrumental in spreading interest in both Zen and Shin (and Far Eastern philosophy in general) to the West. These D T Suzuki quotes will motivate you in life.

Famous D T Suzuki Quotes

  1. “Unless it grows out of yourself no knowledge is really yours, it is only borrowed plumage.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  2. “Zen teaches nothing; it merely enables us to wake up and become aware. It does not teach, it points.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  3. “The more you suffer the deeper grows your character, and with the deepening of your character you read the more penetratingly into the secrets of life. All great artists, all great religious leaders, and all great social reformers have come out of the intensest struggles which they fought bravely, quite frequently in tears and with bleeding hearts” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  4. “When we start to feel anxious or depressed, instead of asking, “What do I need to get to be happy?” The question becomes, “What am I doing to disturb the inner peace that I already have?”” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  5. “Thought creates things by slicing up reality into small bits that it can easily grasp. Thus when you are think-ing you are thing-ing. Thought does not report things, it distorts reality to create things, and as Bergson noted, “In so doing it allows what is the very essence of the real to escape.” Thus to the extent we actually imagine a world of discrete and separate things, conceptions have become perceptions, and we have in this manner populated our universe with nothing but ghosts.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  6. “Unless we agree to suffer we cannot be free from suffering.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  7. “The waters are in motion, but the moon retains its serenity.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  8. “Emptiness which is conceptually liable to be mistaken for sheer nothingness is in fact the reservoir of infinite possibilities.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  9. “When traveling is made too easy and comfortable, its spiritual meaning is lost. This may be called sentimentalism, but a certain sense of loneliness engendered by traveling leads one to reflect upon the meaning of life, for life is, after all, traveling from one unknown to another unknown.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  10. “I am an artist at living – my work of art is my life.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  11. “You ought to know how to rise above the trivialities of life, in which most people are found drowning themselves.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  12. “The truth of Zen, just a little bit of it, is what turns one’s humdrum life, a life of monotonous, uninspiring commonplaceness, into one of art, full of genuine inner creativity.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  13. “We have two eyes to see two sides of things, but there must be a third eye which will see everything at the same time and yet not see anything. That is to understand Zen.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  14. “Implicitly, there should be something mysterious in every day.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  15. “If you have attained something, this is the surest proof that you have gone astray. Therefore, not to have is to have, silence is thunder, ignorance is enlightenment.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  16. “Great works are done when one is not calculating and thinking.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  17. “Eternity is the Absolute present.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  18. “In the spiritual world there are no time divisions such as the past, present and future; for they have contracted themselves into a single moment of the present where life quivers in its true sense. The past and the future are both rolled up in this present moment of illumination, and this present moment is not something standing still with all its contents, for it ceaselessly moves on.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  19. “Technical knowledge is not enough. One must transcend techniques so that the art becomes an artless art, growing out of the unconscious.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  20. “Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  21. “The ego-shell in which we live is the hardest thing to outgrow.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  22. “The truth of Zen is the truth of life, and life means to live, to move, to act, not merely to reflect.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  23. “Enlightenment is like everyday consciousness but two inches above the ground.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  24. “To live – is that not enough?” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  25. “As soon as you raise a thought and begin to form an idea of it, you ruin the reality itself, because you then attach yourself to form.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  26. “Life, according to Zen, ought to be lived as a bird flies through the air, or as a fish swims in the water.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  27. “When mountain-climbing is made too easy, the spiritual effect the mountain exercises vanishes into the air.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  28. “Not to be bound by rules, but to be creating one’s own rules-this is the kind of life which Zen is trying to have us live.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  29. “One has not understood until one has forgotten it.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  30. “The rocks are where they are- and this is their will. The rivers flow- and this is their will. The birds fly- this is their will. Human beings talk- this is their will. The seasons change, heaven sends down rain or snow, the earth occasionally shakes, the waves roll, the stars shine- each of them follows its own will. To be is to will and so is to become.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  31. “Zen has no business with ideas.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  32. “The mind has first to be attuned to the Unconscious.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  33. “The contradiction so puzzling to the ordinary way of thinking comes from the fact that we have to use language to communicate our inner experience, which in its very nature transcends linguistics.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  34. “Personal experience, therefore, is everything in Zen. No ideas are intelligible to those who have no backing of experience.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  35. “Zen abhors repetition or imitation of any kind, for it kills. For the same reason Zen never explains, but only affirms. Life is fact and no explanation is necessary or pertinent. To explain is to apologize, and why should we apologize for living? To liveā€”is that not enough? Let us then live, let us affirm! Herein lies Zen in all its purity and in all its nudity as well.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  36. “Zen professes itself to be the spirit of Buddhism, but in fact it is the spirit of all religions and philosophies.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  37. “Zen in it’s essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  38. “The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do this in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external or superadded. Therefore, anything that has the semblance of an external authority is rejected by Zen. Absolute faith is placed in a man’s own inner being. For whatever authority there is in Zen, all comes from within.” ~ D T Suzuki Quotes
  39. “We do not realize that as soon as our thoughts cease and all attempts at forming ideas are forgotten the Buddha reveals himself before us.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  40. “That’s why I love philosophy: no one wins.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  41. “Among the most remarkable features characterizing Zen we find these: spirituality, directness of expression, disregard of form or conventionalism, and frequently an almost wanton delight in going astray from respectability.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  42. “The worst passion we mortals cherish is the desire to possess. Even when we know that our final destination is a hole not more than three feet square, we have the strongest craving” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  43. “We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  44. “Zen wants us to acquire an entirely new point of view whereby to look into the mysteries of life and the secrets of nature. This is because Zen has come to the definite conclusion that the ordinary logical process of reasoning is powerless to give final satisfaction to our deepest spiritual needs.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  45. “Until we recognize the SELF that exists apart from who we think we are – we cannot know the Ch’an ( ZEN ) MIND” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  46. “Zen opens a man’s eyes to the greatest mystery as it is daily and hourly performed; it enlarges the heart to embrace eternity of time and infinity of space in its every palpitation; it makes us live in the world as if walking in the garden of Eden” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  47. “The intuitive recognition of the instant, thus reality is the highest act of wisdom.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  48. “To point at the moon a finger is needed, but woe to those who take the finger for the moon.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  49. “When the identity is realized, I as swordsman see no opponent confronting me and threatening to strike me. I seem to transform myself into the opponent, and every movement he makes as well as every thought he conceives are felt as if they were my own and I intuitively…know when and how to strike him.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  50. “Dhyana is retaining one’s tranquil state of mind in any circumstance, unfavorable as well as favorable, and not being disturbed or frustrated even when adverse conditions present themselves one after another.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  51. “Unless we die to ourselves, we can never be alive again.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  52. “The fighter is to be always single-minded with one object in view: to fight, looking neither backward nor sidewise. To go straight forward in order to crush the enemy is all that is necessary for him.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  53. “Zen is the spirit of a man. Zen believes in his inner purity and goodness. Whatever is superadded or violently torn away, injures the wholesomeness of the spirit. Zen, therefore, is emphatically against all religious conventionalism.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  54. “Fundamentally the marksman aims at himself.” ~ D T Suzuki Quotes
  55. “Art always has something of the unconscious about it.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  56. “To Zen, time and eternity are one.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  57. “The greatest productions of art, whether painting, music, sculpture or poetry, have invariably this quality-something approaching the work of God.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  58. “Because since the beginningless past we are running after objects, not knowing where our Self is, we lose track of the Original Mind and are tormented all the time by the threatening objective world, regarding it as good or bad, true or false, agreeable or disagreeable. We are thus slaves of things and circumstances.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  59. “Zen Makes use, to a great extent, of poetical expressions; Zen is wedded to poetry.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

  60. “The meaning of service is to do the work assigned ungrudgingly and without thought of personal reward material or moral.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  61. “The right art is purposeless, aimless! The more obstinately you try to learn how to shoot the arrow for the sake of hitting the goal, the less you will succeed in the one and the further the other will recede.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  62. “I raise my hand; I take a book from the other side of this desk; I hear the boys playing ball outside my window; I see the clouds blown away beyond the neighboring woods:-in all these I am practicing Zen, I am living Zen. No worldly discussion is necessary, or any explanation.” ~ D T Suzuki Quotes
  63. “Zen, in its essence is the art of seeing into the nature of one’s own being, and it points the way from bondage to freedom. By making us drink right from the fountain of life it liberates us from all the yokes under which we finite beings are usually suffering in this world.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  64. “A simple fishing boat in the midst of the rippling waters is enough to awaken in the mind of the beholder a sense of vastness of the sea and at the same time of peace and contentment – the Zen sense oof the alone.” ~ D.T. Suzuki
  65. “If I am asked If I am asked, then, what Zen teaches, I would answer, Zen teaches nothing. Whatever teachings there are in Zen, they come out of one’s own mind. We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” ~ D.T. Suzuki

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