Huston Smith On Art And The Zen Life

Huston Cummings Smith (May 31, 1919 – December 30, 2016)

India never had the notion until our century of art for art’s sake. Art was a spiritual technology, and it is really very miraculous how art makes easy what otherwise would be difficult. Now, what is otherwise difficult? And the answer is to behave decently to one another. What is the Zen life itself? We can put it in a formula — infinite gratitude towards all things past; infinite service to all things present; infinite responsibility to all things future.