Zen and the anguish of change - as all our fears to conquer

Change is something must we all face and while throughout life deal.

In Zen Buddhism, change in man and nature is all as in not only inevitable, but destabilizing.

"We are born, we are aging, we are sick, we die." This very open words of Buddha are the irreversible laws of life and the universe.

There are no exceptions.

We are afraid of change because change the uncertainty is full. Because it breathing fear is, is at risk. So we tend to parentheses in the comfort of our plants, even if they no longer comply with and jibe with fact and reality even on costs of the health and even life.

Fear of death move many of us are desperate to brackets youth itself, lost when the mirror reflected slump, grey hair and skin wrinkled. Recourse to cosmetic changes in the natural age only connections of self-deception.

Resistance to change us, see the naked truth of life. A stance that moves difficult decisions as save for retirement and the long period of sickness or incapacity for work, expect all of us.This "cling" to prevent that reach us true personal freedom and life to the fullest to appreciate, because our mind and body are trying what they were 10 to 20 or 30 years,.


Honest participation with life takes us this protracted state of denial of the reality that as it is in our undisguised form, warts and all. A sure recipe for a empty, futile existence.

On a larger scale, this resistance of the new, even if it is of course advantageous that brought to about hatred, fanaticism, racism and ultra-nationalism, very destructive fratricide for Nations and great wars resulted in the whole world.

We will to the separate us in "self" (our skin wrapped ego) and "other" or "anything" (the rest of the world, including the nature); promoting a way of thinking, the disharmony and confrontation instead of identification, harmony and relationship with each other and our ailing planet.

Zen supported giving ("release") this fragmented and distorted view of life and the world largely through our survival instincts, heritage and social-religious economic conditioning through the centuries.


Waiver, but does not surrender on all things we want or be attached: only harmful dualistic thinking. Some systems are so vital that we can do without it, such as air, water, food, accommodation, happiness and love. Know what their empty and Zen is called transience, also these plants must however tempered or experienced in moderation. Otherwise, can also be harmful, even deadly for us.

-Causes to little air (oxygen) that hallucination and cardiac brain failure; too much of it, subject to the extreme temperature changes, disease may result.

-Too little water causes dehydration and death; lead to more dangerous hyponatremia.

-Too little food causes life-threatening anemia and anorexia; too much of unhealthy obesity resulted.

-Too little protection means unreasonable exposure to the elements; too much (read extravagant houses), makes a hostage, greed and the pitfalls of the rat race.

It's all a question of the right mix and dosage: in short, balance and moderation, the Buddha core commandments on the right path to wisdom and intelligent living ("middle way").

It makes sense: a lifestyle between the extreme of extravagance and asceticism translates into better ability to adapt to the changing conditions of life. Therefore, if you like your income and status, fit lives in a villa in a privileged enclave, brace yourself for steep fall (and emotional trauma), if the financial markets crash. But if you follow the middle path and at a more modest residence in the suburb of life, it is less necessary refraining from your page (and suffer less) how you quietly by severe economic downturn drive.

In personal relationships, happiness and love must temper each other for human dignity with mutual respect, freedom and privacy need. Without such balance, the ratio is doomed to fail from the outset.

In the area, the corrupted power absolute power absolutely and it spoils in envy and desire lack of revenge.

After all, is beauty in a person, architecture, art and conceptual formulations in aesthetics, elegance, simplicity and proportionality.

Letting go of the layers on layers of unnecessary Accretions, who have clung like barnacles on our hearts and minds over the years is a cleansing, rejuvenation and liberating exercise.

This balancing act between extremism of all kinds (extreme action, extreme think and feel, extreme efforts, extreme lifestyle, and so on) is the best response to all forms of suffering.

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