Zen Life and Death

You are to be given a strange, unique, ability. You can choose one or the other. You cannot tell anyone, or even hint at, or profit from the capacity, or it is instantly revoked. Both faculties are dependent on touch. One is the gift of life, the other death. If you choose life then when you touch someone, in a few weeks they will become stronger, healthier and live years longer than they would have lived. If you choose death, when you touch someone in a few weeks they will die. Which do you choose? Why? Which choice will better the world? Why? Do you help your friends and some good or brilliant people live a longer more productive life, or do you clean up all the garbage and rid the world of dictators, corruption, the nefarious, and those who contribute nothing? Which is the more positive outcome?

Satoru

Condensed Bushido

A friend sent me an email containing the writings of a ninety-year-old women. The women listed fifty things that she believed helped her attain a long good life. Many of the ideas were interrelated and overlapped. Her long list made me think about being more succinct and condensing my Zen philosophy of life or advice.

Life is action, suck out all the juice, and consider all the opportunities since this is not a dress rehearsal. Do whatever you want to do, with style, without hurting anyone else. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. All you see, hear, touch, and love is all your life is ever going to be, so start now. The most precious thing on the planet is water. Drink more water while you still can.
Satoru

Bushido’s Honor

There is a theory which states that if anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.

The whole world has become a cartoon. It’s all become a big game. Get away with everything you can, steal as much as you will, be dishonest to your emotions to better yourself, cover your tracks, and hope that you will not get caught. When you do, like all good executives and politicians, you are shocked and dismayed. Deny, and deny and procrastinate. Let them knock themselves out catching you and in the end, make a deal. You still win and everybody else loses.

What ever happened to the integrity of the handshake deal?

Satoru

Zen Obligation

I have some friends who need to be slapped in the back of the head, or kicked in the ass, before they listen, to prevent them from going down. What about you?

Your first obligation in this lifetime is to maintain and improve your physical condition. Your second obligation is to become more successful. Then you can fulfill your obligations to your friends, loved ones, and the greater community. If you do not radically prioritize your existence for your health, you use up your strength for money. Then when you lose your health, you have nothing because you cannot maintain your existence and all your finances get spent on attempting to restore your wellbeing. The first application of this thesis is to do some stretching. This cost you nothing but some time and discipline. Next, you must stop procrastinating about losing some weight, seeing a doctor for a checkup and blood test, sleeping more soundly, exercising, and improving your nutrition. Satoru

Perspective and Faith

To seek enlightenment, we have to give up our vested interest in the judgments we already have and move our faith into the unexplored.

“Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.
The moon does not get wet, nor is the water broken.
Although its light is wide and great,
The moon is reflected even in a puddle an inch wide.
The whole moon and the entire sky
Are reflected in one dewdrop on the grass.” Ancient Zen writings

Alter your perspective and observe with an objective eye.

Bushido Gesture

Ask people to extend themselves, even slightly, at the onset of a relationship. It will teach you a lot about them immediately. Like all the rest of the people you meet for friendship, romance, or otherwise, you will see if they are “too busy.” And even if they were not, you can observe if they seem possessive of their time especially if the time was not spent on or for them.

“Why didn’t you tell me?

“Why didn’t someone tell me?”

“I’m telling you now.” Satoru

Zen Opportunity

Some people wait all their lives for an opportunity that is sitting right in front of them. They end up missing this potential because of trepidation, the reluctance to take a chance, and their preconceived ideas. They let their fear of failure and excess baggage get in the way.

Remember that Zen perception is about living in the now of the present moment, as well as spontaneity and simplicity.

If you are depressed, you are living in the past.

If you are anxious, you are living in the future.

If you are at peace, you are living in the present.