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  Zen does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.  
 -  Alan Watts
  

  Man suffers only because he takes seriously what the gods made for fun.  
 -  Alan Watts
  

  We could say that meditation doesn't have a reason or doesn't have a purpose. In this respect it's unlike almost all other things we do except perhaps making music and dancing. When we make music we don't do it in order to reach a certain point, such as the end of the composition. If that were the purpose of music then obviously the fastest players would be the best. Also, when we are dancing we are not aiming to arrive at a particular place on the floor as in a journey. When we dance, the journey itself is the point, as when we play music the playing itself is the point. And exactly the same thing is true in meditation. Meditation is the discovery that the point of life is always arrived at in the immediate moment.  
 -  Alan Watts
  

  The only Zen you find on tops of mountains is the Zen you bring there.  
 -  Robert M Pirsig
  

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