Regarding yesterday’s post on facing suffering head-on, Allan Watts says that–
Zen is a way of liberation, concerned not with discovering what is good or bad or advantageous, but what is.
Watts (1915-1973) was a British writer on comparative religion best known as an interpreter of Asian philosophies for a Western audience. By liberation he probably refers to the third of the Buddha’s four Noble Truth, which states that there is an end to suffering when the mind lets go of craving. I’m happy to report rare glimpses at such liberation from personal experience. The doors of this illusive state open and close continually, yet the self (a.k.a. my ego) keeps blocking access. Once in a while, when I bring awareness to this breath and the next (during meditation or while sitting with a dying person), there’s this refreshing sense of “not knowing.” That is liberation … I think :-).