To be a Taoist means many things to many people. To be a practitioner of Contemporary Taoism simply means to have realised that we are all minute parts of an indescribably large Whole (the Tao), and to choose therefore to 'Flow Like Water' and live in a spontaneous, natural manner. This blog is about: Personal Growth / Spiritual Development as guided by the principles of Eastern Philosophy, particularly modern philosophical Taoism; Developing constructive habits and achieving success with minimal effort; Meditation - Taoist, Zen or otherwise. See 'What In Lao Tzu's Name is a Contemporary Taoist?'

Monday, May 23, 2005

Notes on Contemporary Zen

"Remember Gautama's final words: 'Work out your own salvation with diligence.' We are fundamentally learners. Zen cannot be taught as there is no thing to teach. Zen can be learned. Learning can be facilitated by others, both living and dead. However, in the end, the responsibility is on the learner. Remember we are learning Zen, not 'Zen things' (history, philosophy, customs, protocols, chants, etc.). It is fortunate that Zen is not dependent on 'things' as our lives are already cluttered with things. Focus on an experiential answer to the question that can be verbalized: 'Who am I and what is going on?' Our learning is unique to each of us. Remember Soyu Matsuoka's saying 'My enlightenment is my enlightenment, and your enlightenment is your enlightenment.' We will find others learning from us as we are learning from them. We may even act as functionaries. However, our focus should be on learning, realizing that other roles are secondary."

by Fred Rossini


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