Jan 18, 2009

From Thomas Merton

It is precisely pride that prevents modern man from achieving depth, even when he most seeks it.


The Zen man does not strictly speaking practise meditation at all, in any sense familiar to us in the West. Rather he enters into a purifying struggle against conceptual knowledge, in which he 'sweats out' his attachment to images, ideas, symbols, metaphors, analytic judgments, etc. as means for grasping, appreciating, and understanding reality.


There is no self-display, because the 'true self', which functions in Zen experience, is empty, invisible, and incapable of being displayed.

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