Art of self-forgetfulness

“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 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. – D.T. Suzuki (20th century scholar)

That Inward Eye, 1940 // PH: John Gutmann


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