painting pictures of practice.
I was just wondering about how there is a joy in articulating practice, painting a picture in words, and learning to do it better. It is similar to painting a picture of a landscape. There is a creative impulse to try and express an experience or understanding as best as possible. Inevitably it misses the mark.... it always goes "clunk", ...but the point is in the articulating.. there is a joy in that process.
Zen is said to be "beyond words".. yet the history of Zen is richly worded. It makes sense that teachers speak. They have a job to do. But is it also true that the words of Zen, expressing experience in words, can also be sheer creative exuberance for no damn reason at all ? ...just for joy of it? Thanks Daizan