"The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there", said Robert Pirsig. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance - An Inquiry Into Values, his first book, had the distinction of being rejected by 121 publishers before it saw the light of the day and went on to sell 5 million copies worldwide.
"Suddenly I realized that the person who had come this far was about to expire. I was terrified, and curious as to what was coming. I felt so sorry for this guy I was leaving behind. It was a separation. This is described in the psychiatric canon as catatonic schizophrenia. It is cited in the Zen Buddhist canon as hard enlightenment. I have never insisted on either - in fact I switch back and forth depending on who I am talking to.'