You Teach Yourself; Buddhism Leads the Way.

Via Benjamin Riggs
on Jul 2, 2011
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“Zen could not be anything else but original and creative because it refuses to deal with concepts but deals with living facts…

Zen is decidedly not a system founded upon logic and analysis. If anything, it is the antipode to logic, by which I mean the dualistic mode of thinking. There maybe an intellectual element in Zen, for Zen is the whole mind, and in it we find a great many things…

Zen has nothing to teach us in the way of intellectual analysis; nor has it any set doctrines imposed upon its followers for acceptance. In this respect Zen is quite chaotic…

If I am asked, then, what Zen teaches, I would answer, Zen teaches nothing. Whatever teachings are in Zen, come out of one’s own mind. We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” ~from Introduction to Zen by Shunryu Suzuki

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About Benjamin Riggs

Ben Riggs is the author of Finding God in the Body: A Spiritual Path for the Modern West. He is also the director of the Refuge Meditation Group in Shreveport, LA and a teacher at Explore Yoga. Ben writes extensively about Buddhist and Christian spirituality on Elephant Journal, and his blog. Click here to listen to the Finding God in the Body Podcast. To keep up with all of his work follow him on Facebook or Twitter.


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