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The Anti-intellectualism of Zen

How is it that Zen is so rational, so sensible, and still so simple and anti-intellectual?

I myself is an intellectual, and it was my rational mind who led me to Zen and Buddhism. But when I arrived, I experienced that I had to leave my reasoning behind, and just try to experience the moment, not analyze it. This anti-intellectual stance is in fact, and at the same time, the most rational and intellectual there is.

So in my meditation I have to focus on the “what”, and not on the “why”. That can be really difficult when I have this analytical brain, but I consider the “what” and the “why” being brothers, the latter the younger one.

We can`t really mentalize without first being mindful.

For more about this: http://www.thezensite.com/ZenEssays/Nagarjuna/roots_of_zen.htm


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5 thoughts on “The Anti-intellectualism of Zen

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  2. henry on said:


  3. Fellow student, I’ve come across an article that may provide a different analysis:


    You seem to understand the path better than I, and as I continue my search for a path through Buddhism I find myself attracted to Zen, but as someone who’d like to think of himself as an intellectual your comments seem consistent with those of others… It confuses me, yet it is intriguing.

    Ah, I guess youth makes it hard for one to relinquish the self and our personal thoughts/biases!

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