What Is Zen?

Don’t seek reality, just put an end to opinions.  – Sheng-ts’an (Zen Monk)


We seek to understand by building up thoughts and opinions about everything we see and experience. That’s our way to comprehend what’s going on. Is there another way?

direct experience = zen

What if we experienced everything without building words about it inside our heads? For example when we see a bright drop of moisture on a verdant leaf, we absorb the experience as is. We don’t start saying to ourselves words like “Oh how beautiful is that! How green and lovely. So much more nicer than the fall season.” etc.. We put an end to the never ending opinionating and achieve greater clarity of mind and therefore peace. We experience reality.

Daily Affirmation: Today I AM experiencing things as they are!

Recommendation: An Introduction to Zen Buddhism by D.T. Suzuki

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