Anthony,

Nature has no goals.  Evolution has no goals.  Zen practice has no goals.

Your questions are the same as the koan-like children’s ditty I paraphrased a 
couple days ago.  I'll quote it here in full:

“Tell me why the stars do shine,
Tell me why the ivy twines,
Tell me why the sky’s so blue,
And I will tell you just why I love you.

Because God made the stars to shine,
Because God made the ivy twine,
Because God made the sky's so blue,
Because God made you, that's why I love you.”

I read 'because God made..' to mean 'because that's the way it is', or Just 
THIS! 

No goals, no expectations, just the way it is, Just THIS!

…Bill!

From: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com [mailto:zen_fo...@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of 
Anthony Wu
Sent: Saturday, October 23, 2010 5:32 AM
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [Zen] Positive neural changes in the brain due to meditation?

  
Doesn't it? Then why were you born? Why are there myriads of things, instead of 
nothing existing?
 
Anthony

--- On Sat, 23/10/10, ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com> wrote:

From: ED <seacrofter...@yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: [Zen] Positive neural changes in the brain due to meditation?
To: Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, 23 October, 2010, 12:51 AM
  

 
Mark said:  "Nature has no goals"
The one single law that nature is (in effect) driven by is the replication and 
survival of living entities.
--ED
 
--- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, Mark Perew <mpe...@...> wrote:
>
> Chris -
> 
> My first wife slept through much of the labor of our first child. This was
> without medication. The birth of our third child was the most difficult,
> painful, and traumatic.
> 
> Nature does not subscribe to human rules of damage, loss, and harm. Nature
> just is. Nature doesn't scream, it simply is. Nature has no attachments,
> it simply is. Nature has no goals, no regrets, no ambitions, no sense of
> this human invention of time, no life, no non-life, no death, etc. Nature
> is.




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