Here's two interesting quotes from Uchiyama's Opening the Hand of Thought for all you Zennies or Zen inclined folk:
"Concerning the Middle Way, the fundamental definition of “belief” is totally different. It is clarity and purity...We are in fact constantly living out life that pervades everything and goes beyond our individual thoughts, but we easily lose sight of this and become confused."
"We are as selves quite like the flame of candle. As wax melts the candle appears as a more or less fixed shape...What we call I is similar to the flame. Actually there is no I existing as some substantial thing; there is only the ceaseless flow of life.
I've read oh gosh, fifty or sixty books on Buddhism and find Uchiyama's writing clear and direct. I recommend this book if you're interested in this type of thing (the mystery called life ).