Thursday 11 April 2019



Zen is a school of Buddhism that began in China.

Zen Buddhism is an attempt to make life better.

"There is actually immense suffering within ourselves, and we can start to ease that, and when we do, we then have a model for applying that to others." 

A Guide to Pratical Compassion : zen habits


"Let your ego and your unconscious mind melt away; merge with the universe."

What is Zen Buddhism?

"Zen techniques are compatible with other faiths and are often used, for example, by Christians seeking a mystical understanding of their faith."

Zen Buddhism

St Andrews.

"Zen sends us looking inside us for enlightenment."

Zen Buddhism

The word "zen" means emptiness or void.

Zen Buddhism explained

"This is the basis of zen itself - that all life and existence is based on a kind of dynamic emptiness."

(Modern science sees phenomena at a sub-atomic level popping in and out of existence.)

Zen Buddhism explained

Indonesia, much influenced by Buddhism. 

What is this 'emptiness'?

It can be seen as being 'empty of selfishness'.

It can be seen as 'empty of anger, fear, envy and suffering'.

Empty of What?.

"Death is not final in Buddhism. Consciousness continues."

The Zennist

The Japanese philosophy called Wabi-Sabi is about noticing beauty in the 'naturally imperfect world'.

For the Zen Buddhists, "wabi" is something that is simple and humble, and "sabi" means something that is not perfect.

Wabi translates to 'less is more'.

Wabi-Sabi means appreciating a quiet rainy day and the impermanence of all things.

In the 'perfect' game of golf you get a 'hole in one' at every hole?

That could get boring.

The advantage of adopting Wabi-Sabi is that it might make us less stressed.

"A wabi sabi relationship is one in which you deliberately accept each other where you are - imperfect, unfinished, and mortal.

"Appreciation for imperfections in others, and even in yourself, is the essential wabi sabi frame of mind."

Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection | Martha Stewart /

Jesus could see the beauty in the lives of the poor, humble and rejected.



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At 11 April 2019 at 12:38 , Anonymous Brabantian said...

A remarkable zen-like focus on happiness as a policy goal, is in the rhetoric of 44-year-old USA Democratic Presidential candidate Andrew Yang

The Taiwanese-heritage Yang, tho nominally Protestant Christian, speaks like a spiritual Asian

On the 'hot controversial' issues, Yang does not pander ... he speaks directly, saying, let's fix the core issues of what is important for human needs ... and the other problems will be well on their way to being solved

Yang talks about depressed working class people taking drugs and dying too young ... he wants to help all of them

On Andrew Yang's campaign website he says:

« Our economic system needs to be updated for a new era. GDP and profitability are increasingly unrelated to how most of us are doing in real life. We need to implement a new set of measures like mental health, happiness, childhood success and quality-adjusted life expectancy that actually indicate our progress as a society and then channel resources to improving them. We don’t exist to serve the market. The market exists to serve us. »

Yang says these below, are the factors we should be measuring and trying to improve, not 'GDP' etc ... The list below is also in a nice Andrew Yang image meme, his goal of GDW - 'Gross Domestic Well-Being':

Quality of life and health-adjusted life expectancy
Happiness / well-being and mental health
Income inequality
Consumer and student debt
Work and civic engagement levels
Infant mortality
Quality of infrastructure
Access to education
Marriage and divorce rates
Substance abuse and related deaths
National optimism
Personal dynamism / economic mobility

Yang argues that in fact we are really rich together, but we need to face how automation is destroying the old employment framework ... and that it is not unrealistic for everyone to have life security and a minimum income ... the trillions are clearly there

Significantly, the two 'radical' non-establishment candidates in the USA - Andrew Yang and the peace-promoting, anti-war, part-Samoan woman, Tulsi Gabbard from Hawaii - have both cleared the hurdle to make it into the party presidential debates

They both needed 65,000 separate donations from separate US citizens to do this, even if only one dollar ... Yang hit the mark earlier, Tulsi hit it yesterday


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