Zen is an effort to become alert and awake.
Baseball is one of the most beautiful games. It is. It is a very Zen-like game.
The bamboo is very much loved by the Zen poets for its tremendous quality of being hollow. Out of this hollowness of the bamboo, a flute can be made. The bamboo will not sing, but it can allow any song to pass through it.
Zen is not a scholarly study. Zen is an existential quantum leap. It is not of the mind. It is going beyond the mind.
Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work, effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve.
In Zen a totally new dimension opens, the dimension of effortless transformation.
Zen says: Remain true to your freedom. And then a totally different kind of being arises in you, which is very unexpected, unpredictable.