RE: virus: Zen

Robin Faichney (
Mon, 2 Jun 1997 10:16:00 +0100

Eric Boyd wrote:
>I'm just saying that it's impossible to actually
>/learn/ anything under Zen, because by definition learning is
>categorizing into boxes, seperating the truth from the false, etc. etc.
>All this is anti-thesis to Zen, which maintains that there /are/ no
>dualities. If one wishes to learn something, it is /necessary/ to
>maintain them.

I think you can learn about what things have in common, as
well as what differentiates them. OK, so the latter is important.
But all that really means is that you can't meditate and study
at the same time. Zen isn't about adopting a belief intellectually
and then trying to act in accord with it. It's about meditating to
make realisation of such stuff easier, but meanwhile going on
doing what you do.