Zen Quote Oct 2008

From my Zen Quote-a-Day from the month of September:

If the teaching doesn’t feel like it’s forcing something upon you, it is not good teaching.

Shunryu Suzuki

It remains me of one of my favorite quotes from JBS Haldane in the Introduction of Daedalus:

…it is the whole business of a university teacher to induce people to think.


4 thoughts on “Zen Quote Oct 2008

  1. I don’t think he covers all the bases here. Equally, if not more important is teaching that takes something away from you–teaching that reveals that what you know as a fact just isn’t so.

  2. David

    I am not sure I agree with you. It seems to me that thinking has to come first as you cannot reject an old idea unless you think through the issue.

  3. David

    Yeah, I agree that the first one was lacking something. It is probably why I felt it necessary to have the second one in the post.

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