PHILOSOPHY: Zen (was Re: Books)

Mark Grant (
Thu, 23 Jan 1997 12:11:11 +0000

On Mon, 20 Jan 1997, Lee Daniel Crocker wrote:

> There is nothing truly
> incompatible about rational, logical, critical thinking and Zen. In
> fact, I find the latter quite helpful to the former.

I agree; the whole point of 'enlightenment'/ego-loss is to be in touch
with reality rather than living in a fantasy as most people do... and if
you ignore the mystic stuff and treat it as philosophy then I think that
some of the fundamental Buddhist ideas such as non-attachment make an
awful lot of sense if you're planning to live for a long time. Everything
changes, and neurotic attachment to anything will be a big problem for an


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