On a usenet forum, the timeless question "What is Zen" was asked. This is the best reply to the answer I'd ever seen. I don't know if they stole it, made it up, or what. Anyway, thought I'd share it.
Zen is... a small cushion. a bottomless abyss. a kind of revolution. a long term project. a complete waste of time. a growing religion. is a special transmission outside the scriptures. a way of life and not solely a... a kind of mental process. a subject extremely easy to misunderstand. a reference to the Japanese teaching that the only way of achieving pure enlightenment is to exclude everything else. a rare gem. a way of looking and confronting events, circumstances and life. a transliteration of the chinese word ch'an or ch'anna... a sect or order of buddhism. zen is appearing zen is zazen zen is like sex zen is a way of life zen is understanding yourself zen is not asceticism zen is suing the police/govt zen is this zen is not for everyone zen is humor zen is with you zen is zen zen is an electronic repository of the history of the... zen is nothing other than the return to the normal condition of body and mind zen is not a religion in the ordinary sense zen is enlightenment zen is bound to eliminate sickness of a psychosomatic nature and to improve the health generally zen is the realization of the buddha's enlightenment itself zen is boring zen is punk zen is without actually going through the training zen is keeping don't zen is the mystical branch of mahayana buddhism zen is a practice that helps every human zen is not asceticism zen is beyond religion zen is not wasted zen is an approach to awareness zen is one of them zen is due to a lack zen is difficult zen is beyond words zen is out of power zen is more of an attitude than a belief zen is thus a unique blend of the philosophies and idiosyncrasies of three different cultures zen is simply the direct way of awakening zen is a japanese thing zen is neither buddhist nor taoist and yet both zen is one of the longest established practices zen is indeed the religion of the samurai warrior zen is the school of buddhism which emphasizes the religious practice of meditation zen is not wisdom zen is stinky zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being zen is to bring one into union with life itself zen is attempting to understand the meaning of life directly zen is not a better way zen is a faith of creative experience zen is a network of spiritual centers zen is a synthesis of indian buddhism and chinese taoism zen is the peculiarly chinese way of accomplishing the buddhist goal of seeing the world just as it is zen is transmitted outside of words zen is great for the bikers zen is what zen is not and thus always zen will be understood zen is one of the best selling cars of the suzuki family zen is very simple zen is the natural evolution of zen from its japanese cultural form to a universal teaching zen is to be awakened in every thought and deed zen is about finding yourself zen is about the art of being human zen is about recognizing what is zen is about naturalness zen is all about enjoying your cigarettes zen is like a meditation in and unto itself zen is still writing just not much right now zen is me zen is about finding your true self zen is the only zen is not to understand it. ------------------------ Yahoo! Groups Sponsor --------------------~--> Join modern day disciples reach the disfigured and poor with hope and healing http://us.click.yahoo.com/lMct6A/Vp3LAA/i1hLAA/S27xlB/TM --------------------------------------------------------------------~-> Current Book Discussion: any Zen book that you recently have read or are reading! Talk about it today! Yahoo! Groups Links <*> To visit your group on the web, go to: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Zen_Forum/ <*> To unsubscribe from this group, send an email to: [EMAIL PROTECTED] <*> Your use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to: http://docs.yahoo.com/info/terms/