Re: your comments

Joe E. Dees (
Thu, 16 Sep 1999 21:25:13 -0500

Date sent:      	Thu, 16 Sep 1999 18:37:25 -0700 (PDT)
From:           	"Robert J. Bradbury" <>
To:             	Kathryn Aegis <>
Copies to:
Subject:        	Re: your comments
Send reply to:

> On Thu, 16 Sep 1999, Kathryn Aegis wrote:
> > I meant to mention this to you--do you realize that you are expressing
> > Taoist sentiments quite regularly? One example below:
> >
> Interesting. Around 20 years ago I was fairly involved with
> Est for a few years. I took pretty much all the courses they
> had to offer and got to look very closely at their core system.
> They extracted a lot of things from different philosophies and
> disciplines but the key things that stuck with me were some of
> their self-observation methods and pseudo-Zen philosophies.
> Subsequently I studied Zen for a couple of years in a very
> haphazard way. All of that got buried under my biology education.
> Would you say that Zen is derived from Taoism?
> If so, then that would explain your perceptions.
> Cheers,
> Robert
Japanese Zen is derived from Chinese Ch'an, one of many branches of Buddhism (Theravadan, Mahayanan, Vajrayanan, etc.),,but they all have their historical roots in the confrontation between Hinduism and Taoism.