Words themselves, like all phenomena we encounter, are inherently free. But because words and language are so much a part of how we think, communicate and see the world, it's easy for us to get caught in them. Zen is understood as a tradition that "does not rely on words or letter," but Zen teachers have always used words to help their students free themselves—from words, ideas, and everything they inevitably get caught in.
by Geoffrey Shugen Arnold, Sensei
Gateless Gate, Case 6:
Shakyamuni Holds Up a Flower