Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters

Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters

Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters

Zen Forest: Sayings of the Masters

Excerpt

A word is a finger that points at the moon. The goal of Zen students is the moon itself, not the pointing finger. Zen masters, therefore, will never stop cursing words and letters.

A phrase
completely to the point:
The eternal
donkey hitching post. (32)

Such abusive words are found everywhere in the writings of Zen masters. The essential principle of Zen is illustrated in the following sayings:

Teaching
beyond teaching;
No leaning
on words and letters. (241)

Point straight
at man's mind;
See its nature
and become Buddha! (795)

Zen experiences are not to be explained with words and letters. Only

The man who's
drunk water
Knows if it's
cool or warm. (915)

Exactly!

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