Daistesu Teitaro Suzuki on “self-forgetfulness”

Man is a thinking reed but his great works are done when he is not calculating and thinking. “Childlikeness” has to be restored with long years of training in the art of self-forgetfulness. When this is attained, man thinks yet he 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 heaven; he thinks like the green foliage shooting forth in the relaxing spring breeze. Indeed, he is the showers, the ocean, the stars, the foliage.
Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki (also transliterated as Daisetz; often abbreviated D. T.) in his introduction (Ipswich, Massachusetts: May 1953) to Eugen Herrigel‘s Zen in the Art of Archery, (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1982), p. viii-ix. First published as Zen in der Kunst des Bogenschießens, (Konstanz Weller, 1948). First English translation from the German by R.F.C. Hull (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1953).

Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki Posted on behalf of Daisetsu Teitaro Suzuki on Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 under Quotations.

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