" Synchromysticism:
The art of realizing meaningful coincidence in the seemingly mundane with mystical or esoteric significance."

- Jake Kotze

May 9, 2018

Zen and the Art of Thich Nhat Hanh?

Thich Nhat Hanh by Steve Simon
A Canary in a Coal Mine?
I'm not familiar with Thich Nhat Hanh's work, but I did listen to the above podcast where Oprah interviews Thich Nhat Hanh and I noticed that he has climbed the Watkins Books Top 100 list from #65 in 2016 to #17 in 2018.
"The term Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word ็ฆช (Chan) which traces its roots to the Indian practice of Dhyฤna ("meditation").
Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others.
As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.
The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahayana thought, especially Yogachara, the Tathฤgatagarbha sลซtras and the Huayan school, with their emphasis on Buddha-nature, totality, and the Bodhisattva-ideal.

Zen mind/Zero mind?
I like Zen, but it's only like craving after the hole in the donut to me.
It's a pleasant enough practice, but not really very satisfying on the bigger spiritual journey, though it is a good resting place from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 
Sugar-Free(dom) and the Monkey Mind?
Why is the world full of so much suffering?-)
Still, sometimes the best questions to ask about and contemplate in life are the Zen ones.


  1. Interesting sewquence! Loved The Arrival!

  2. Saw Walk with me last year...highly recommend..its just stunning!