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Balance

Posted by Alan Woo on

Zen teaches us how to be balanced in life.  Zen is strongly influenced by Taoism, the Chinese philosophy of balance in life.  Many people are familiar with the Yin-Yang symbol from Taoism.  Extremes of any sort will lead to destruction eventually. Most people are only familiar with the destructive nature of negative extremes, for example, too much hate, too many vices, too much junk food, too much drinking.  Rarely do people realize, too much of a good thing is also bad.  For example, if you win all the time and do not stay centered and humble, you become arrogant, despised,...

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Zen Philosophy Can Help Erase Religious Conflicts

Posted by Alan Woo on

For years, I read or hear about wars in the world rooted in religious conflicts and I wonder how people who ultimately believe in the same deity but through different methods can miss the big picture so much that they are willing to kill each other over the disagreement.  Take the fight over Jerusalem, for example.  Why can't Jerusalem be shared neutrally?  Why can't such an agreement be made?  If successful, it would be a major step in achieving peace in the Middle East. It is ironic that religion generally teaches love, but sometimes ends up so misguided.  Those who understand Zen...

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