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Japanese Zen Philosopher Reveals Why Suffering Unlocks the Secrets of Life

Japanese Zen Philosopher Reveals Why Suffering Unlocks the Secrets of Life

We’re biologically conditioned to avoid pain, distress and hardship. So why does this Japanese Zen philosopher say that suffering helps you to unlock the secrets of life? D.T. Suzuki was one of the more well known communicators of Zen philosophy in the twentieth century. In 1927 he published the very influential Essays in Zen Buddhism, which ended […]

10 Profound Quotes From a Zen Buddhist Master on the Secret of Reaching Enlightenment

10 Profound Quotes From a Zen Buddhist Master on the Secret of Reaching Enlightenment

Do you also find that Zen Buddhist thought holds some fascinating insights that are relevant to the modern age? You don’t need to be a practicing Buddhist to benefit from many of these insights. One Zen Buddhist master we’ve written about many times is Thich Nhat Hanh. He is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace […]

12 Quotes from Zen Masters That Will Stop You Over Thinking to Achieve Clarity of Mind

12 Quotes from Zen Masters That Will Stop You Over Thinking to Achieve Clarity of Mind

Do you experience a racing mind, where thoughts are overpowering you and you’re having trouble finding peace in the present moment? This happens to me all the time. That’s why I love immersing myself in Zen thinking. Put simply, Zen is about living a life of simplicity, tranquility and mindfulness in the present moment. It’s not […]

A Zen Master Reveals 10 Essential Rules For a Peaceful, Happy and Fulfilling Life

A Zen Master Reveals 10 Essential Rules For a Peaceful, Happy and Fulfilling Life

When you’re first confronted with it, the language of Zen can seem like nonsense. Zen is concerned with getting to the ultimate nature of reality. It’s hard to accurately express it in words. Yet there are some great books that are worth reading, including Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind, Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, D. T. Suzuki’s What […]

Meet the Zen Master Who Taught Steve Jobs to Think Differently

Meet the Zen Master Who Taught Steve Jobs to Think Differently

I think we can all agree that Steve Jobs has influenced nearly everyone’s life. He has inspired incredible adulation and countless studies into his mindset. What many people don’t know is that Jobs trained closely with a Zen Buddhist Master, and ended up crediting his Zen Buddhist practice with his ability to focus and create. But here’s […]

Three Spiritual Masters Reveal the Truth About Detachment, and Most of Us Have it Wrong

Three Spiritual Masters Reveal the Truth About Detachment, and Most of Us Have it Wrong

There’s a really important idea that’s gaining currency in the West around the importance of “non attachment”. We’re told to “let go” and be “detached”. I hear it all the time, but the problem I have with it is that there’s so much judgement around what it means to be “detached”. Sometimes it feels natural to […]