--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote: > > Ed, My responses are embedded below:
[Ed] When one reads, it is not necessarily to 'learn', but also and especially to awaken one's own intrinsic wisdom-mind, no? [Bill!] I assume by 'intrinsic wisdom-mind' you mean 'Buddha Mind' or 'Original Mind'. [ED] No, I do not mean 'Buddha Mind' because I have not realized 'Buddha Mind' - whatever that might be. I use it in the sense that the Teachings or the Teacher can be like the light of the sun falling on a sleeping student, awakening him to truth he had already possessed, but had merely forgotten. Four decades ago, that's the way I felt when I read Christmas Humphreys' books on the Buddha's Teachings. That's the way I felt when I read my first book on Zen: "The Spirit of Zen" by Alan Watts. Although often I did not 'understand' intellectually what was being said, reading it aroused much joy in me.