"The Way has nothing to do with 'knowing' or 'not knowing'. Knowing is perceiving but blindly. Not knowing is just blankness." Nansen to Joshu.
The Way is un-aimed-at way.
Mynote : This in conjunction with "when you aim for something you have already missed it" is critical for any beginner of zen.
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The fish do not strive to know the water. If one is not taken in by "good" and "evil," why go beyond?
On being asked if one who goes beyond good and evil attains deliverance Joshu replies he can't because he is within good and evil. You cannot define absense of something without defining the thing.
"The moment you aim at anything, you have already missed it" - Nansen to Joshu
All our concepts and biases come into play once we make a conscious attempt to aim for something. That is when we are doing not for the sake of doing but for some external reason.
Nansen suggests that the Way of Zen is not "a way," Where there is "a way," there is bound to be "another way," If you aim at something over consciously, you tend to exclude what seems to you to be irrelevant to what you consider your "aim," Thus, "knowledge," which is based upon distinction and differentiation, is blind to the all-encompassing.
The truly skillful look clumsy.
A Taoist paradoxical saying implies that perfection lies in what is natural. Joshu ironically suggests that over conscious occupation with the natural is in itself unnatural.
“We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” — D. T. Suzuki
“The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do so in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external.” — D. T. Suzuki
“Emotionally we have many problems, but these problems are not actual problems; they are something created; they are problems pointed out by our self-centered ideas or views.” — Shunryu Suzuki
Sometimes things don’t turn out as you want them to. What you need to do is to come to terms with this, and enjoy the road.
To understand the truth, you must let go of the situation. A clear mind has no inside and no outside. A clear mind is clear of thinking.
2 Buddhist monks were fighting over a flag. One said the flag was moving. The other said the wind is. The master however said it was neither the flag nor the wind. "Your thoughts are the only ones moving."
Nature has no contradictions. Our problems exist just in our head. Our thinking is making us deluded. One had to let go of 🤔 to understand Zen.
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