Zen Talk: The Zen is In You, It is Not Found

“The only Zen you find on the tops of mountains is the Zen you bring up there.”
Robert M. Pirsig

Nice one Mr. Pirsig. I like this. It makes you think of how enlightened those monks must be who sit at the top of mountains meditating all day must be – you know, those monks in your fantasies. Boy, they must have a great grasp of Zen, we think.

As Robert Pirsig reminds us, however, Zen is not up there waiting to be found. Whatever Zen you find up there is Zen you brought up there because it’s Zen that was in you in the first place. We talk about Zen like it’s something that can be put in a backpack and carried around with us. Not so much.

What does this quote make you think about? How can you add to our discussion on Zen?

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One Response

  1. This is a wonderful post. Thank you!!

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