Those who know do not speak; those who speak do not know. -Lao Tzu
“Although, however, the do not completely “put up,” they do not completely “shut up.” On the other hand, they would love to share their understanding with others. But on the other hand, they are convinced that words are ultimately futile, and are, furthermore, under an agreement not to discuss certain aspects of their training. They begin, therefore, to take the characteristically Asian attitude of ‘Come find out for yourself.’ ” Way of Zen, Allan Watts/ preface x
..in thinking about the objective/subjective conversation that we had last night..I picked my copy of Alan Watts Way of Zen this morning and flipped open to preface xi which states in the first actual paragraph of the page:
“To write about Zen is, therefore, as problematic for the outside, “objective” observer as for the inside, “subjective” discipline.
*****I habitually find myself completely at loss in finding words that describe certain emotional responses to very influential fragments within meditation. When Watts states, “they are convinced that words are ultimately futile” in relation to segments within their training I immediately think of all the times I had no way in even beginning describing the experience to someone else. Also sharing the same concept within the preface in relation to the subjective and objective experiences beautifully. It’s clear these experiences are only for the individual to de-fragment themselves. No words to describe and discuss, no help from others. Excellent post.****** -J