The aim of Zen training is not ecstasy but Knowledge — of the meaning of birth and death. This Knowledge brings tranquility, equilibrium, and a joyful freedom from self. In Japan I knew an old woman who had practiced Zen for some twenty years. Her friends called her "Sun face," so radiant was her smile, so selfless her presence.

Philip Kapleau in Awakening to Zen by Polly Young-Eisendrath, editor, Rafe Martin, editor