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"The mother leads her little children up the stairs step by step."

LoIt could pay to deal with things deeper than mere surface spectacles

GOOD ZEN artistry is to be taken not only literally and academically seriously, and plumbing Zen mind isn't just something you remember.

The artistic temperament often finds more highly evolved sensations. Good Zen can help that as well.

Before you understand Zen, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung. [Zen Saying]

Deduct from it such as: "After you understand a Zen saying, it's like dung." Then you may have "eaten" it. You know what happens to food you eat: What is not absorbed, is evacuated for recycling, if possible.] ◊

Neat artistry balances old know-how with tidings, much technical drill with attempts at innovation.

Politics is also the Zen artistry of preventing people from sticking to much that was formerly their business, I regret to say.

It may be wise to keep silent about those engaged in Zen artistry; to speak well of them could border on ignorant flattery; to speak ill of them is hardly necessary.

One would do well to be the gentle truth-teller rather than the onlooker who loves gist and other forms of Zen artistry.

Reach up to delight in gentle Zen artistry and flowers, not wholly unlike a master musician that loves harmonies.

Marring 'pangs of non-Zen' hover over some bad vocations because they fit not artistry of handling, of deals and cogent (insider) thinking.

The more minimal the Zen outlets, the more needs for some candid explanations.

The Zen of knowing exactly what one is dealing with is out of the question for koan readers in general.

There are no mundane things outside of Buddhism, and vice versa. [With Yuan-Wu]

Zen artistry tends to correlate better with individual manhood than surface diplomacy, at least in Rinsai Zen.

LoBe sparing and you may die alone, die your own death!

THE GENTLE Zen man conveys some je nes sais quoi - the current which he tries to tackle is fiery, all right. ◊

One primary distinction of the Zen man is that he is actively cultivating what mankind often tries to avoid: the state of being just himself in plain deals, and also solidly alone. Otherwise: being sparing of outlets can be good help.

Every great work of Zen art should have a face toward eternity. Living could be the foremost of the harsh arts.

LoThe rewards have failed if they come too late. Counteract that.

SOCIETY must greatly assist in getting the rewarding Zen spirit free betimes or there will be troubles in later generations for lack of its candour.

Gist

IN SUM
  1. It may pay to deal - properly - with things deeper than mere surface spectacles.
  2. Be sparing and you may die alone, die your own death.
  3. The rewards have failed if they come too late. Counteract that.

IN NUCEAll men's wisdom: Deal properly, settle a lot of things wisely, so as to finally die alone, if death comes naturally your way that way -

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