Friday, January 31, 2014

Book quotes: Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind by Shunryu Suzuki (3/5)


COMMUNICATION

When you listen to someone, you should give up all your preconceived ideas and your subjective opinions; you should just listen to him, just observe what his way is. We put very little emphasis on right and wrong or good and bad. We just see things as they are with him, and accept them. This is how we communicate with each other. Usually when you listen to some statement, you hear it as a kind of echo of yourself. You are actually listening to your own opinion. If it agrees with your opinion you may accept it, but if it does not, you will reject it or you may not even really hear it. That is one danger when you listen to someone.

NEGATIVE AND POSITIVE

The more you understand our thinking, the more you find it difficult to talk about it . The purpose of my talking is to give you some idea of our way, but actually, it is not something to talk about , but something to practice. The best way is just to practice without saying anything.

RIGHT UNDERSTANDING 

"Our understanding of Buddhism is not just an intellectual understanding. True understanding is actual practice itself."

The most important things in our practice are our physical posture and our way of breathing. We are not so concerned about a deep understanding of Buddhism. As a philosophy, Buddhism is a very deep, wide, and firm system of thought, but Zen is not concerned about philosophical understanding. We emphasize practice.

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