When I went to college, one of my favorite things to do was to discuss the literature we read. Even if I did not enjoy the text, the dialogue that inevitably followed was wonderful. Every now and again, I read a book that makes me ache for a book group where I can talk about what I have read. And if not a group, even one other person.
An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D T Suzuki is a perfect example of a book that made me wish I knew someone who wanted to share some of my more in depth reading with me. There is so much do digest that having another pair of eyes reading along with me, someone to discuss each chapter with me, would have made the reading experience so much better. There are passages that are so dense, it would have been lovely to have someone else share with me their understanding of what they were reading and how best to apply the principles to their lives.
This is not light reading. This is the kind of spiritual reading that invites the reader to sink in, slowly explore, and come out changed; the kind of reading that encourages a second visit, if not a third. With nobody to read along with me, I feel I only skimmed the surface. And what I carried away from the reading is already falling into obscurity. I highlighted so much of it and I have no doubt that, in the coming weeks, I will choose quotes from this book to be The Quote of the Week. Although I don’t know when I will ever read this book again, I am keeping it. Maybe someday I’ll know someone with the same perverse tastes in reading material as I have and we can read this together. And discuss.