The method of Zen is
To baffle, excite, puzzle and exhaust the intellect
Until it is realised that intellection is only thinking *about*
It will provoke, irritate and again exhaust the emotions
Until it is realised that emotion is only feeling *about*
And then it contrives when the disciple has been brought to an intellectual and emotional impasse
To bridge the gap between second-hand conceptual contact
With reality and first-hand experience.