We must know that it is not enough just to see what the Mind is,
we must put into practice all that makes it up in our daily life.
We may talk about it glibly……
we may write books to explain it…..
but that is far from being enough.
However much we may talk about water
describe it quite intelligently,
that does not make it real water.
So with fire.
Mere talking of it will not make the mouth burn.
To know what they are means …..
require to experience them in actual concreteness.
A book on cooking will not cure our hunger…..
To feel satisfied we must have actual food.
long as we do not go beyond mere talking…..
we are not true knowers.
(1573 – 1645 ).
Takuan’s character and mastery of Zen impressed his fellow monks. At the unprecedented age of 36, Takuan was made abbot of the Daitokuji temple.
Takuan was able to apply Zen principals to many activities.
He was an accomplished gardener, painter, calligrapher, tea master, poet (over 100 published poems), and author (six volumes of collected works).
His writings to fencing master, Lord Yagyu Munenori, are commonly studied by contemporary martial artists.