Originally Posted by Jailblazers7
Still picking my way through this. Some of it is really challenging and flat out confusing but there are points where I just put the book down and laugh at how much sense it makes. Challenging but very rewarding book so far.
Ok I've finally finished this. Let me first state that Suzuki does a great job of providing a context and breakdown for someone who is new to Zen imo. It is dense and difficult to comprehend at parts but that is just the nature of the philosophy and its rewarding to work through.
Zen Buddhism just seems to fit with my natural intuition. A lot of "aha" moments in here that just clicked with me. The appeal to harmony and freedom really drew me in and has me interested in further readings about the religion/philosophy. I still feel I've only begun to understand Zen but then again the idea is to feel/experience it and not to understand or explain it. I loved the emphasis on the limits to our reason and language discussed in the book. I feel we often trap ourselves within our own logic and attempts to conquer knowledge and nature while Zen attempts to break free of these traps. It is about the instinctual and natural operations of the mind and the world instead of a highly organized process of thought. Breaking the dichotomy between objective and subjective experience is something that has really been gravitating to me recently and it is a large emphasis in the book. It's difficult for me to articulate exactly what I mean by all this (its late and I've had a little too much to drink lol) but I highly recommend this book for anyone interested.
I'll end with one of my favorite excerpts that I highlighted:
"This conception of Great Source as existing seperately somewhere is the fundamental mistake we all make in our attempt to intellectually interpret our experience. It is in the nature of the intellect to set up a series of antitheses in maze of which it loses itself...'What?, 'Why?', 'Where?', and 'How?'--all these are questions irrelevant to the fundamental understanding of life. But our minds are saturated with them, and this fact is a curse on all of us."