Those who know do not speak;
Those who speak do not know

Perhaps the special flavor of Zen is best described as a certain directness. In other schools of Buddhism, awakening or bodhi seems remote and almost superhuman, something to be reached only after many lives of patient effort. But in Zen there is always the feeling that awakening is something quite natural, something startlingly obvious, which may occur at any moment. If it involves a difficulty, it is just that it is much too simple. Zen is also direct in its way of teaching, for it points directly and opening to the truth, and does not trifle with symbolism.

No thought, no reflection, no analysts,
No cultivation, no intention;
Let it settle itself.

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