Man is a Thinking Reed


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My Quote today is from D.T. Suzuki:

“Man is a thinking reed but his great works are done when he is not calculating and thinking.  “Child-likeness” has to be restored with long years of training in the art of self forgetfulness.      

When this is attained, man thinks yet he does not think.

He thinks like the showers coming down from the sky, he thinks like the waves rolling on the ocean, he thinks like the stars illuminating the nightly heavens, he thinks like the green foliage shooting forth in the relaxing spring breeze.

Indeed, he is the showers, the ocean, the stars, the foliage.  When a man reaches this stage of “spiritual” development, he is a Zen artist for life.”

I can’t say I am at this stage although do have a funny feeling that all of nature speaks to me by constantly expressing the truth of the universe.  Can you hear it? Can you see it?


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