Shunryu Suzuki Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old shunryu suzuki quotes, shunryu suzuki sayings, and shunryu suzuki proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Without accepting the fact that everything changes, we cannot find perfect composure. But unfortunately, although it is true, it is difficult for us to accept it. Because we cannot accept the truth of transience, we suffer.      

Shunryu Suzuki

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.     

Shunryu Suzuki

The world is its own magic.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Everything is perfect and there is always room for improvement.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual everyday routine.     

Shunryu Suzuki

There should not be any particular teaching. Teaching is in each moment.     

Shunryu Suzuki

There should not be any particular teaching. Teaching is in each moment.     

Shunryu Suzuki

When you do something, you should burn yourself up completely, like a good bonfire, leaving no trace of yourself.     

Shunryu Suzuki

You are perfect as you are and there is always room for improvement.     

Shunryu Suzuki

If you think your body and mind are two, that is wrong; if you think that they are one, that is also wrong. Our body and mind are both two and one.     

Shunryu Suzuki

In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Hell is not punishment, it's training.     

Shunryu Suzuki

To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Life and death are the same thing. When we realize this fact, we have no fear of death anymore, nor actual difficulty in our life.     

Shunryu Suzuki

Hell is not punishment, it's training.     

Shunryu Suzuki

A tiger does not ignore or slight any small animal. The way he catches a mouse and catches and devours a cow are the same.     

Shunryu Suzuki

The point we emphasize is strong confidence in our original nature.     

Shunryu Suzuki