Zen is the enemy of analysis, the friend of intuition. The Zen artist understands the ends of his art intuitively, and the last thing he would do is create categories; the avowed purpose of Zen is to eliminate categories! The true Zen-man holds to the old Taoist proverb, Those who know do not speak. Those who speak do not know.

— Tom Hoover

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Japanese would never 'restore' an antique.

The signs of age and wear are to them its most beautiful qualities.

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Unlike rational thought, intuition cannot be 'taught' or even turned on.

In fact, it is impossible to find or manipulate this intuitive consciousness using our rational mind—any more than we can grasp our own hand or see our own eye.

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Zen culture invites us to experience reality without the intervening distractions of intellect, categories, analysis.

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Zen is based on the recognition of two incompatible types of thought: rational and intuitive.

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Zen takes the opposite tack; it holds that true reality is the fundamental unity of mind and matter, inner spirit and external world. When life is viewed in such terms, there can be no success or failure, happiness or unhappiness; life is a whole, and you are simply part of it. There are no dualities, hence there is nothing to worry about. The result is perfect tranquility.

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Nothing comes into existence nor does anything disappear.

Nothing is eternal, nor has anything any end. Nothing is identical or differentiated. Nothing moves hither and thither.

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