7 Ways Zen Buddhism Can Change Your Life

Zen Buddhism caused me to have a mental breakdown of sorts. I understand how that sounds, but let me explain. It wasn’t quite the crazy eyed, hair pulling, stress-induced brain collapse you might envision when hearing the phrase “mental breakdown”, but it was a mental breakdown in the sense that I felt like my entire mind was broken down. Zen …

Zen things I learned from my dog

“My dog doesn’t worry about the meaning of life.” So begins Charlotte Joko Beck’s classic book Everyday Zen. This simple statement began my fascination with Zen. I had already had direct experience of what Joko was talking about. For roughly 10 years I walked, day and night, with our dog, Bo. During that  period I had suffered a series of setbacks, …

Our mind is like a cluttered garage

Our subconscious is like that garage or that closet or that basement in our house that has become the unspoken storage centre for our life’s possessions: the things that we’ve put away in boxes or that we still haven’t unpacked from a previous move; the stuff that we’ve tucked away until we have the space or the time to open …

We celebrate Zen Easter every day

Zen practitioners know a bit about the concept of Easter. Every day we rise–or attempt to rise–if not exactly from the dead, then from the unconsciousness of everyday life. We try to elevate our minds from the rabble of everyday thoughts, from the musty archives of the past and the steamy fantasy of the future, into the present. So, you might say …