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  • The study compares the mental benefits of Zen meditation to those of prayer.
  • He titled the book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.
  • Mary Elizabeth told me that the thing about Zen is that it makes you connected to everything in the world.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • Institutional food required a Zen outlook.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black

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  • Twelve steps and a Zen garden, a towering wall, a gate, the city—escape.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • They walked the streets both day and night, in dark hoods and bra— zen masks.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Dance With Dragons
  • Sounds pretty Zen.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Zen I become ze Pie Prince of ze South!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • I’m in my Zen mode, trying to make this whole thing a spiritual experience.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • She would become a Catholic before she died, but she would choose to be buried in the Tokeiji Temple, a Zen center founded in 1285 by a monk who felt sorry for women with cruel husbands and decreed that any of them who took asylum in his temple as nuns could consider themselves divorced.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima

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  • She drew back from everyone a bit, spending a lot of time next door with Boo where they drank tea, discussed Zen Buddhism, and read dream books together.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • It’s like Zen, gramma.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • One of the most important is the Sanskrit dhy_na, mispronounced in Chinese as "Chan" and again mispronounced in Japanese as "Zen."
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Now, we move into Zen mode.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Lock and Key
  • I helped create Zen Gnosticism before any of your parents were born.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • It’s really kind of Zen.
    James Patterson  --  School’s Out - Forever
  • Zen vy lie?
    Richard Wright  --  Black Boy
  • My attitude had become one of almost Zen-like acceptance and resignation.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • Last month, Dean Sheeter (whose name usually transports Franny when I mention it) approached me with his gracious smile and bull whip, and I am now lecturing to the faculty, their wives, and a few oppressively deep-type undergraduates every Friday on Zen and Ma-hayana Buddhism.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • …preserved by the Zensunni Wanderers from the first, second, and third Islamic movements; the Navachristianity of Chusuk, the Buddislamic Variants of the types dominant at Lankiveil and Sikun, the Blend Books of the Mahayana Lankavatara, the Zen Hekiganshu of III Delta Pavonis, the Tawrah and Talmudic Zabur surviving on Salusa Secundus, the pervasive Obeah Ritual, the Muadh Quran with its pure Ilm and Fiqh preserved among the pundi rice farmers of Caladan, the Hindu outcroppings found…
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Her voice was still soft with a Zen-like sense of peace.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • A new, uncluttered, Zen-like life, in which I spend nothing.
    Sophie Kinsella  --  Confessoins of a Shopaholic
  • I thought them admirably suited to the subject, little Zen-like aphorisms for each photograph.
    Roger Zelazny  --  My Name is Legion
  • A koan is like a riddle that’s supposed to help you toward enlightenment in Zen Buddhism.
    John Green  --  Looking for Alaska
  • He had his students read all the books they could read about Zen, science fiction, extrasensory perception, mental telepathy and yoga.
    Peter Jenkins  --  A Walk Across America
  • Now in his early fifties, Conway walks slowly with a cane, but has a handsome, weathered face, a Zen-like calm and a tough, independent streak that keeps him going, against the odds.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • This is what Jesse Detwiler said, the garbage archaeologist who’d addressed the massed members about an hour after the tremor—an address that did not go down well with the grilled squab and baby Zen vegetables.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • A barbecue cook must have an intimate understanding of his work, the physics of fire and convection, the hard science of meat and heat and smoke—and then forget it all to achieve a sort of gut-level, Zen instinct for the process.
    Jay Allison, et al.  --  This I Believe
  • The lama, haltingly at first, spoke to the Curator of his own lamassery, the Such-zen, opposite the Painted Rocks, four months’ march away.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • Such being the case, he made the decision on his own, informing Vergennes that as he had been "restored to the character of a private citi-zen," he would depart.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • Suddenly, one of them, an incredibly gaunt man with a long drooping mustache, runs in front of the camera and begins to shout: "a ma la ge zen ba dam gal nun ka aria su su na an da…. "The sounds spread from him to his neighbors, spreading across the flight deck like a wave.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • "Ve must vight to the last tr-r-op of our plood!" said the colonel, thumping the table; "and ve must tie for our Emperor, and zen all vill pe vell.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • "Well," said he finally, "le’s have nozzer drink, zen."
    Stephen Crane  --  Maggie: A Girl of the Streets
  • No, sir, no other rabbits, is a not a go for soon a rabbits, all stay ’ere are my friends, a save a me a very good a my life, zen ’ow can I if a she mek me?" twittered the mouse.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • "Rogerson," the blond guy said, setting the bowl down beside one of those miniature Zen gardens with the rocks and sand, and standing up.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Dreamland
  • —for the merit I had acquired over yonder at Such-zen.
    Rudyard Kipling  --  Kim
  • The Zen Gnostics would say that this emptiness is a good sign; that it presages openness to a new level of awareness, new insights, new experience.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • So, I guess Zen is a day like this when you are part of the air and remember things.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • If Mars was known for anything in the Worldweb, it was for hunting in the Mariner Valley, Schrauder’s Zen Massif in Hellas Basin, and the Olympus Command School.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • I do not know anything about Zen or things that the Chinese or Indians do as part of their religion, but one of the girls from the party with the tattoo and belly button ring has been a Buddhist since July.
    Stephen Chbosky  --  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
  • I suppose if I were a novelist rather than a Chautauqua orator I’d try to "develop the characters" of John and Sylvia and Chris with action-packed scenes that would also reveal "inner meanings" of Zen and maybe Art and maybe even Motorcycle Maintenance.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And ze Creole, he look polite and he wreenkle hees forehead lak he try to remembaire, and zen he smile and say: ’General Lee!
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It’s the basis of Zen practice.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Mountains like these and travelers in the mountains and events that happen to them here are found not only in Zen literature but in the tales of every major religion.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • I renounced Zen Gnosticism about the same time Helenda divorced me.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Linna, who had become an ardent Zen Gnostic in the years between, cried and left early.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Zen is the "spirit of the valley," not the mountaintop.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • Kassad did not have to travel to Mariner Valley to learn about hunting and being hunted, he had no interest in Zen Gnosticism, and as a teenager he felt nothing but contempt for the uniformed cadets who came from every part of the Web to train for FORCE.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
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