How to be spiritual yet not religious
Zen is a perspective on life, that originated in Chinese Buddhism. This philosophy later developed into various schools, one, the Chan School was strongly influenced by Taoism.
Zen emphasizes rigorous self-restraint, meditation, and insight into the nature of the mind, and through these practices being able to “perceive the true nature of things”.
As such, it de-emphasizes knowledge alone of rites, rituals, ceremonies, doctrines, and the like.
Zen favors direct understanding through spiritual practice and interaction with an accomplished teacher or guide.
Many people only know of en because it is the name of their local nail salon, bubble tea café, or their favorite dance club.
For others, Zen is the doorway to a truly spiritual life.
No matter how intuitive you may be, how deep your understanding of spirituality, or how advanced your mental clarity, the fact remains that in your spiritual practice you will need to explore how the appropriate application of your individual talents, and resources, can help you create a life of joy, contentment, happiness, and wisdom.
Many of the basic ideas of Zen present us with a true “Wisdom Path.” They each approach spirituality through metaphor and poetic thought while guiding one to surrender rigid ideas of what “Is”.
Zen practice gives us the means to live life fully, with little or no unnecessary struggle. Doing this doesn’t require a label.
Click on this underlined title to learn about Zen and Taoism in The Course in Essential Taoism A-Z and Beyond…
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Researchers into game theory have won over twenty Noble Prizes. The movie “A Beautiful Mind” is about the life of John Nash, one of the pioneers in game theory. Of course, the most sophisticated competitive and strategic game in existence is the Chinese game of Go. Learn more about the powerful tool, game theory, for self-improvement. I explain it in the Medium.com article below.
The article was written so that a 12-year-old can easily understand and apply the simple 3 step system. The article also includes a short video interview of me with Jim Selman a pioneer and thought leader in leadership, business success, and innovation.