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The Way of Zen by Alan Watts: Summary, Notes, and Lessons - Nat Eliason

Considerations For Zen Practice

  • Understand that nothing is grasped or gained from life. To succeed is to fail, as the more one succeeds, the greater the need to go on succeeding. 
  • There is no “myself” apart from the mind-body which gives structure to our experience.
  • There is never anything but the present, and if one cannot live there, one cannot live anywhere.
  • Zen practice must not have a goal. To have an eye on some end is to have a lack of concentration, lack of sincerity.

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