Friday, July 21, 2017

The Frozen Sea Within

Franz Kafka
"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound or stab us. If the book we’re reading doesn’t wake us up with a blow to the head, what are we reading for? A book must be the axe for the frozen sea within us. That is my belief."

1001 Pearls of Spiritual Wisdom, Compiled by Kim Lim

[Spiritual reading can be a comfort, but most meaningfully it is to wake us up! Like the kindness of the keisaku (wake-up stick) to the back in Zen sitting.] 

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