If you listen to Beethoven, it’s always the same, but if you listen to traffic, it’s always different.
Art, instead of being an object made by one person, is a process set in motion by a group of people. Art’s socialized.
It is not irritating to be where one is. It is only irritating to think one would like to be somewhere else.
Before studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains. While studying Zen, things became confused. After studying Zen, men are men and mountains are mountains. After telling this, Dr. Suzuki was asked, “What is the difference between before and after?” He said, “No difference, only the feet are a little bit off the ground.”
In Zen they say: If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, try it for eight, sixteen, thirty-two, and so on. Eventually one discovers that it’s not boring at all but very interesting.