Your highlighted words have awakened my non-wisdom mind. Do you mean you 
already knew Buddhism and zen before reading Christmas Humphrey and Alan Watts. 
Only you forgot them, but were again reminded by the two authors. You are a 

--- On Mon, 1/11/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Questions, questions, question
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Monday, 1 November, 2010, 12:23 AM


--- 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.

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