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Zen is Love


Is Love a four-letter word?

It was considered so, at least in samurai Japan.

Up until Hollywood movies brought in the idea of love between a man and a woman, the word had been mostly used to describe the obsession to something, often not desirable.

On the other hand, lust has been well respected in Shintoism because it is the basis of fertility, which is worshiped in various forms.

It's been like a perfume advertisement in the twenty first century since the beginning of the country.

Many Japanese intellectuals used to believe that there is no word like "love" in Japanese language and it is an imported concept from Western civilization.

It doesn't matter if they are right or not. After all, it is a question of translation.

A funny thing is that, in the whole world, even in Western societies, we have a large number of people who want to avoid the word of "love" like a beggar on the street.

While Japanese couples are copying a Hollywood-made love, more and more men are imitating the samurai attitude, it seems.

Samurai were good students of Zen. As their lives were ephemeral, it must have been inevitable.

Probably, the precariousness of today's life may have made some people behave like a samurai and prefer "Zen" to "love".

If it is so, it is a pity that Zen masters and their samurai disciples did not go a step farther to declare "Zen is Love" clearly.

In the late nineteenth century, Imakita Kosen said, "Buddha, Tao, and Reality are the same. It is just one thing with different names". He could have said, "So is love".

So is Zen.

The word has come to be quite popular in the occidental world these days, but many people wonder what it really means.

It means "love".

They don't need to go as far as Far East to find it though it is understandable that the grass is always greener in your neighbor's front yard.

Buddha, Tao, Reality, Love, Zen or no matter what you call it, it is the name for the fundamental energy that you emit all the time.

Words re fascinating especially when they have an exotic combination of vowels and consonants.

An unfamiliar word called "love" has conquered the hearts of samurai's descendants, and the excess of its usage has prevailed in the country of Satori.

It is not surprising that the word Zen has been given a cool status in some European languages.

Hopefully, the people who embraced Zen are not fooled by its exotic costume.

You don't need to memorize any enigmatic sutras. You should not hurt your body by folding the legs like a contortionist.

The form is not important at all. This must be the first teaching of Zen.

In this sense, the statues of Buddha in a Hinayana (Small Vehicle) Buddhist country like Sri Lanka are wonderful. He looks very at ease, lying down.

Zen, like the other words mentioned above, means the fundamental energy.

The objective of Za-zen (meditation) is to emit the energy, consciously minimizing any kinds of resistance which block its flow.

By emitting it, you receive it.

Then, you will realize that you are the energy and the presence of "you" is meaningless.

It is impossible to have worries because you are assured that the fundamental energy is always there, with "you".

This is the state of Dhyāna ([zen-na] in Japanese).

Love is another name of the same energy.

If you love someone, it's fantastic. You emit the energy.

If you don't love anyone, it is still all right. As long as you live, you emit the energy, well, with resistance.

Don't you want to minimize the resistance?

There are plenty of ways to do it.

A fairly easy way among others is to say, "Thank you".

Say, "Thank you." and accept all what is in front of you.

Try it. It will work wonders.

Besides, it is economical. You don't have to buy any special costume or a tatami mat.

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