D, a very good friend of mine leaving in San Francisco told me the following over the phone:
“Practicing Zen Buddhism for many years at the San Francisco Zen center and reading your blogs, I found that Zen philosophy and its Zen Masters teachers are somewhat dull, pessimistic, depressed and even boring. hey seem to live without expecting anything”
“ Why that”? I replied.
D: “ All Zen literature talks about controlling our ego, controlling our emotions, desires, pleasure, expectation; not having nostalgia of the past, controlling our dreams about the future…. This is pretty grim, bleak and gloomy. In other words no fun, don’t you think”
The main roadblock against inner peace and serenity is our ego-driven mind
Our “I, ME, MYSELF and MINE” are critical for identification, survival, protection, enhancement, pleasure, procreation and many more other functions. This is wonderful but…..
Zen Buddhism considers our little self that is “I” is also the main cause of our unhappiness, dissatisfaction and suffering. These negative feelings and uneasiness are triggered by so called 3 main “poisons” in Zen Buddhist:
1) Desire/ craving/expectations or what we want 2) Dislike/Hatred/aversion or what we don’t want
3) Ignorance, better called illusions. They are affecting us more subconsciously than consciously. (more…)