Zen philosophy

I’ve encountered zen philosophy during my game development career. I got interested in eastern philosophies and read books about Zen*. I spent quite a lot time in different philosophy forums and tried to find the essence of zen.

No, zen is not a fancy word for being enlightened nor does it contain any supreme truth. I think the following phrase contains very much the essence of zen:

“Eat when hungry, sleep when tired.”

That’s about it. Nothing fancy there: go with the flow. Zen is about being in here and now and accepting change. Zen philosophy will help you to understand that major source of stress is expecatations: if you concentrate on what should happen instead of what is happening, you’ll end up getting your stress level up.

*If you are interested in Zen, I’d recommend reading books like: Zen and Zen and the art of Archery. Other books – I think these were interesting, but not perhaps the best in the field – are Hardcore Zen and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

2 thoughts on “Zen philosophy

  1. thisisthat

    I can’t be said or written. Saying, even thinking, is a a construction incompatible with the indescribable infinite nature of whatever it is exactly that we are. You must observe this directly, or it is just like treasuring a map without ever going oneself to the destination.

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