There is much to learn about Zen from this quote by the early Chinese Zen Buddhist Dayi Daoxin (580–651):
"Zazen is basic to all else. Don’t bother reading the sutras; don’t become involved in discussions. If you can refrain from doing so and concentrate instead on zazen, for as much as thirty-five years or more, you will benefit."
Although the Buddhist scriptures are widely read and respected by Ze
n masters, they were often not considered important in comparison to the practice of zazen. Religion, according to Zen masters, was about practical experience and not just about book knowledge.
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