Dec 292009
 

Zen

When the day gets long and contentious, I hold fast to my breath as a tiller and take each wave as it comes.

Dec 112009
 

Zen Garden - Cat Litter Box

I’ve been fascinated by Zen and Koans for years now, but have only recently actually looked into real details. According to Wikipedia:

A koan is a story, dialogue, question, or statement in the history and lore of Zen Buddhism, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational understanding, yet may be accessible to intuition.

Personally, I am “using” koans to find some form of inner peace. So far, I have been rather unsuccessful, but am only recently on this path. I also am “using” koans (along with other inspirational statements) to attempt to “shock” Zaira’s brain into separating from the dogma and brainwashing she ha sreceived in her first 13 years and forming fresh thoughts of her own design.

Always wanting to share wisdom (personally realized or discovered elsewhere) I’ve decided to post occasional koans, quotes, and other thoughts for y’all.  So, with all of that explanation (likely unnecessary) here’s your first koan:

Zen has nothing to grab on to.  When people who study zen don’t see it, that is because they approach too eagerly.

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