Thursday, August 1, 2013

Middle Intelligence

Beyond my fondness of Theravāda teachings, there's something about Zen that I have a hard time "getting". It may be for lack of trying, but sometimes the thought crosses my mind, "Maybe I'm not smart enough to get it?"

Talking with Chong Go Sunim once, he mentioned that though a certain amount of intelligence is required, being "too smart" is also a hindrance, since you may tend to over analyse and miss the point. 
Barry wrote about this problem here; "You must become more stupid."

Now, I seriously doubt I'm too intelligent, but too much thinking could still be a problem.
And with that, I'll just stop right here and sit, whatever my intelligence is...

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