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2 Oct 2008

Zen Quote Oct 2008

Filed under: Zen — Tags: , , — Cat @ 10:57 am

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.



  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.

    Comment by David Rickel — 16 Oct 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  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.

    Comment by Cat — 17 Oct 2008 @ 10:30 am

  3. I agree. My quibble was more with the first quote.

    Comment by David Rickel — 21 Oct 2008 @ 5:48 pm

  4. 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.

    Comment by Cat — 23 Oct 2008 @ 7:44 pm

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