Editorial

The Pursuit of Zen

Once the young lady had calmed down a little, with her screeching wails reduced to quiet whimpers, the old man bent over as low as he could go, towards her

  • PublishedMarch 30, 2012

Once the young lady had calmed down a little, with her screeching wails reduced to quiet whimpers, the old man bent over as low as he could go, towards her drenched, forlorn face. “Young lady,” he whispered, as she looked up at him with pleading, sorrowful eyes. “Would you like some tissue with your Zen?”

Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that emphasizes the personal expression of experiential wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment through meditation, self-contemplation, and intuition rather than an adherence to standardized theoretical knowledge.

‘Zen’ is used in this story metaphorically. You can insert God, love, or energy – basically any kind of belief in something greater than oneself. The point is that whatever one is searching for can be found, and already exists, inside, as opposed to outside, oneself.

njeri@parents.co.ke

 

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