disjointed wrote:Without study you're just imitating.
If you ask a young child with no education to do a math problem, they can scribble on paper and imitate a mathematician.
That's the worldly equivalent of a Buddhist who has not learned the Buddha's instructions.
Don't fall for the rhetoric of a teacher that tells you you're already enlightened or all you have to do is sit and clear your mind.
Those kinds of teachers are only good for making jokes about.
Oheso wrote:thank you all for thoughtful replies.
sometimes I feel zazen to be "deconstructive" in literally removing/ dissolving the constructs I've built and accumulated, standing in the way of realizing my (our) capacity for fuller experience and
study to be in the manner of beginning that construction anew. cross purposes?
or should study be similarly deconstructive in disassembling opinions and attitudes? "nothing needs adding or subtracting", but often from my
"feeling my way through" point of view, it seems like a whole lotta subtracting needs to be done to see clearly.
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