Wednesday, 24 October 2018


268. Directives like 'cut off the mind road' and 'stop talking and thinking' have earned for Zen a reputation for anti-intellectualism. Such directives, however, have to do with the practice of zazen and should not be taken as representing a blanket ban on philosophical reflection and scholarly research. Even Zen's apparent rejection of philosophy is a philosophical position that recognises both the power and limitation of discursive thought. Faced with the great questions of life and death the Zen philosopher will respect Wittgenstein's dictum: 'Don't think, look!' 

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