By Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki
One of many world’s best gurus on Zen Buddhism, D. T. Suzuki used to be the writer of greater than 100 works at the topic in either jap and English, and was once such a lot instrumental in bringing the lessons of Zen Buddhism to the eye of the Western international. Written in a full of life, obtainable, and simple demeanour, An creation to Zen Buddhism is illuminating for the intense pupil and layperson alike. Suzuki presents a whole imaginative and prescient of Zen, which emphasizes self-understanding and enlightenment via many platforms of philosophy, psychology, and ethics. With a foreword via the popular psychiatrist Dr. Carl Jung, this quantity has been often said a vintage creation to the topic for a few years. It presents, besides Suzuki’s Essays and handbook of Zen Buddhism, a framework for residing a balanced and fulfilled life via Zen.
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Then the words and images more closely reflect the truth and are less distorted by the personality of the poet. We call 18 / E S S E N C E this kind of poetry objective poetry, which is a phenomenological description of the poet's experience of essence. This is the most beautiful, most inspiring, and most powerful poetry. Images that simply describe essence surpass in beauty the imagination of any poet, for essence is the source, the power, and the stuff of poetry. But even the most accurate and powerful description of essence is not, we must remember, essence itself.
They seek fear by putting themselves in dangerous situations. Watching horror movies is another way people enjoy the addiction to fear. The energy of fear is the same as that of pure excitement; it is the energy operating on the chakra level when it is colored by adrenalin. So the addiction to excitement and fear is the same as the addiction to the dramatic experiences of the chakra realm. People who are addicted to fear enjoy it because it is the only way they know of to activate their chakras, to have access to those energies.
This can be very tricky, because a feeling is closer to the experience of essence than is a thought o r an image. And it is because of this proximity of feeling to essence that we need to be more awake and more precise in our understanding. Regardless of how beautiful, blissful, and deep emotions and feelings are, they-are not essence. Essence is a different dimension of experience. T h e main difference between emotional states and essence is that the former are discharged processes of our nervous systems, whereas the latter is definitely not.
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki