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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Zen & the West, by Layne S. Hashimoto

This article discusses and critiques what it calls Beat Zen and Square Zen. Interesting point of view. The text is very hard to read against the blue background; I suggest selecting all the text (on a PC hit control-a) to make it easier to read, or cut and paste it into antoher program. That's your Zen computer tip of the day:

Though 'Beat Zen' and 'Square Zen' are false forms of Zen, they serve a very useful purpose. True Zen emerges from where Beat Zen and Square Zen conflict with each other. In truth, satori can be found on both roads; it is, after all, a state of mind. If one is able to truly escape from all prejudices, attachments, and desires, then he/she has reached satori. However, the satori of true Zen is one of complete purity and freedom. It is this satori that Westerners should strive to achieve. It is not an easy process, but definitely worth the effort!


Blogger Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Very good article, and it is very true.

10:40 AM  

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