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.

Juuso Hietalahti


  1. Sweet great Archery write up!

    Very impressive that this blog is syndicated through Google and is it something that is just up to Google or you actively created?

  2. 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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