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Taisen Deshimaru

Data de nascimento: 29. Novembro 1914
Data de falecimento: 30. Abril 1982

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Taisen Deshimaru was a Japanese Sōtō Zen Buddhist teacher, who founded the Association Zen Internationale.

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„Keep your hands open, and all the sands of the desert can pass through them.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: 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. As quoted in Zen to Go (1989) by Jon Winokur, p. 126

„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.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: 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. As quoted in Armed Martial Arts of Japan: Swordsmanship and Archery (1998) by G. Cameron Hurst, G. Cameron Hurst, 3rd, G. Hurst I, p. 4

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„Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion. People today feel an intense need to go back to the source of religious life, to the pure essence in the depths of themselves which they can discover only through actually experiencing it. They also need to be able to concentrate their minds in order to find the highest wisdom and freedom, which is spiritual in nature, in their efforts to deal with the influences of every description imposed upon them by their environment. Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place. Online interview http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/EN/sangha/deshimaru/q-r/0101.htm

„Zen is not a particular state but the normal state: silent, peaceful, unagitated.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: 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. As quoted in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhist Wisdom (2000) by Gill Farrer Halls, p. 162

„It's enough just to be without hypocrisy, dogmatism, arrogance — embracing all opposites.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: 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. As quoted in The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Buddhist Wisdom (2000) by Gill Farrer Halls, p. 162

„Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
Context: Religions remain what they are. Zen is meditation. Meditation is the foundation of every religion. People today feel an intense need to go back to the source of religious life, to the pure essence in the depths of themselves which they can discover only through actually experiencing it. They also need to be able to concentrate their minds in order to find the highest wisdom and freedom, which is spiritual in nature, in their efforts to deal with the influences of every description imposed upon them by their environment. Human wisdom alone is not enough, it is not complete. Only universal truth can provide the highest wisdom. Take away the word Zen and put Truth or Order of the Universe in its place. Online interview http://www.zen-deshimaru.com/EN/sangha/deshimaru/q-r/0101.htm

„You have to practice until you die.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in Leading from Within : Martial Arts Skills for Dynamic Business and Management (1999) by Robert Pater, p. 223

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„You are the strongest and the others keep their distance. It is no longer necessary to win victories over them.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in A Galaxy Not So Far Away : Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars (2002) by Glenn Kenny, p. 99

„If you are not happy here and now, you never will be.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in The Book of Positive Quotations (2007) by John Cook, Steve Deger and Leslie Ann Gibson, p. 279

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„You must not take out your sword because if you try to kill someone, you must die for it yourself. What you must do instead is kill yourself, kill your own mind.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in A Galaxy Not So Far Away : Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars (2002) by Glenn Kenny, p. 99

„We feel our shell keeps us safe, but it crushes us and others, and keeps out light and sun.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in Zen Miracles : Finding Peace in an Insane World (2002) by Brenda Shoshanna, p. 80

„We should learn to think with our fingers.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in Meditation (2003) by Jose Lorenzo-Fuentes, p. 113

„Think with your whole body.“

—  Taisen Deshimaru
As quoted in Wisdom of the Peaceful Warrior : A Companion to the Book That Changes Lives (2007) by Dan Millman, p. 19

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