Zen Story - Wash your bowl

A monk told Joshu: “I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me.”

Joshu asked: “Have you eaten your rice porridge?”

The monk replied: “I have eaten.”

Joshu said: “Then you had better wash your bowl.”

At that moment the monk was enlightened.

This is an amazing zen story! So simple, yet so profound. The monk was seeking some sort of spiritual teaching from Joshu, to which he simply asked him whether he had eaten his rice porridge. When the monk told…

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My thoughts on dating sites/apps

Nowadays more and more people enter into a love relationship having first interacted on a dating site/app. In this post I will give 10 big reasons against meeting people this way.

1 - No chemistry/body language

Dating sites/apps completely remove the two biggest key signals for a human being to know whether someone is interested in them or not. Chemistry and of course body language. By removing these key signals from the equation, what tends to happen is that people go for…

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Return to the state of the uncarved block

In the Tao Te Ching, Lao Tzu says, 'return to the state of the uncarved block.' What he means by this is to return to your 'natural state' - who you were when you were a little child. Before you had any kind of conditioning put on you. To go back to the situation of living completely naturally and spontaneously. In order to do this, one will have to let go of and drop all their psychological 'baggage', which includes everything they think is the 'real' them, including nationality, race,…

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Embracing the Negative

The whole focus and effort of society can basically be summed up as 'chasing after' the positive. The essential, negative polarity of life is regarded as being 'bad' and whatever people deem to be the 'positive' is desperately sought after. This can be seen very clearly in the world of medicine where people are attempting to wipe out illnesses like cancer and people use antibiotics to kill 'bad' bacteria which also has the undesired effect of killing 'good' bacteria. In every…

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