Tag Archives: Zen

Jump into the river

In this blog, I want to explore the difference between meditating on the river bank and jumping into the river of life. an old friend I went for a walk with an old friend. Actually she has not been my … Continue reading

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zen catechism

Catechisms are doctrinal manuals often in the form of questions followed by answers to be memorised. A christian example: Q. What is the chief end of man? A. To glorify God and enjoy Him forever. next question: Q. How may … Continue reading

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Great doubt

Some would say it is encouraged in zen: great doubt supposedly leads to great enlightenment. Take Hakuin’s word for it. Or don’t. That is equally fine with me. The trouble is that you are always encouraged to doubt within the … Continue reading

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What’s good?

I’m reading excerpts from the diary of Maura O’Halloran, an Irish woman who lived in a zen monastery in Japan in the eighties. “Respect life,” she says. “Not because it’s right or good or moral but because it is.” This … Continue reading

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Hardcore romantic

I was sixteen. In our philosophy class, our teacher had just told us the Hindu story of a woman who found the heads of her husband and his best friend had been switched. He left us to ponder the question … Continue reading

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Zen and the earthquake

I would like to introduce you to Dainin Katagiri. He’s a zenmaster and he was born in Osaka in 1928, that means he was a teenager in Japan during the Second World War. He remembers: “(…) The next moment I … Continue reading

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Something to believe in?

If I see a book called: “Why the world doesn’t seem to make sense,” I have to buy it.  The title implies that the author thinks the world does make sense. It just doesn’t seem to. Or does it? That … Continue reading

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