Monday, July 13, 2009

More About Zen

Author: Stephen Lau


Zen is a unique feeling in which you are completely at one with
yourself and the world around you. You feel total harmony as you whole
being experiences clarity and inner peace that seem to be out of this
world.

These
moments of sublime tranquility can be likened to the moments when you
are all alone by yourself, watching the sunset and listening to the
rhythmic lapping of gentle waves at the shore.

Zen can be a
journey rather than a religion. As a matter of fact, Zen is a
philosophy of healthy living - a healthy lifestyle in which daily life
problems are minimized, though not eradicated. Zen is a journey to
relative truth. However, Zen does not alter any truth: it merely
changes the way you perceive it. According to Zen, truth is relative,
and the way you perceive it makes the difference. Just as John Milton,
the famous poet, says: "The mind is its own place, and in itself can
make Heaven of Hell, a Hell of Heaven." It is all in your mind.

One
can intuit the essence of Zen, but can never "consciously" pursue it.
Because Zen emphasizes spontaneity of all matters, it does not
encourage any conscious effort to achieve anything; even the essence of
Zen has to be intuited, not to be acquired or pursued. The essence of
Zen comes naturally to an individual through enlightenment or intuition.

Intuition is self-awakening: it may be attained by reflection of the four Noble Truths of Zen.

(1)
The first Noble Truth is that human suffering is natural because you
become what you are through your own experiences. Accordingly, you have
to live within the constrains of your own experiences, and these
constrains cause suffering.

(2) The second Noble Truth is that
attachment further constrains you. You are impermanent, and everything
around you is also impermanent, including your emotions and all
material things. Buddha once said: "Attachment to anything impermanent
is the source of human misery." The reason is that human craving is an
attempt to make permanent out of what is impermanent.

(3) The
third Noble Truth is that there is another way - the way of Zen, which
is a way "through" rather than a way "out." In other words. Zen does
not and will not get you out of your problems: you can only intuit
through self-enlightenment the wisdom of knowing "how" to live with
your problems.

(4) The fourth Noble Truth is that Zen does not
have any hard and fast rules for you to follow, neither does it provide
any direction or guideline. Your becoming enlightened - how, when, or
if - uniquely depends on you. What Zen offers is a way of life based on
spiritual virtues, which are the facets of human wisdom interacting
with one another. These spiritual virtues include: saying the right
thing, taking the right action, earning a living the right way, making
the right effort, paying the right attention, having the right
concentration; developing the right perspective; and getting the right
thought.

The wisdom of Zen is profound: it offers tranquility
amidst a world of turmoil; it makes sense out of the nonsense of this
world. It is healthy living at its best.



For more information on healthy living, go to "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" to find out what the seven pillars are: http://www.healthylivinghealthylifestyle.comStephen
Lau is a writer and researcher. He has published several books and many
websites on health, healing, depression, eating disorders, and golf. To
get a FREE copy of his 143-page e-book "All-Round Weight Loss", go to: http://www.stephencmlau.com

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