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ABC's of Self-Realization: Zealous Zen

Updated on August 29, 2011

It’s important to know the break-down regarding why the words “Zealous” and “Zen” were chosen as the topic for this article. It might be best to explain the definitions of both to see how they “fit” in this author’s perspective. “Zealous” means to be actively interested or enthusiastic about some pursuit or topic. “Zen” is the practice of experiencing wisdom in the attainment of enlightenment. It is not based so much on theoretical knowledge as it is on direct self-realization that comes through meditation and the “dharma” practice. The idea of “dharma” comes from ancient texts in India that state there is a divinely chosen natural order of things. It says that in order to have happiness, justice, and social harmony in the world, humans must live in a way that reflects the requirements of that order.

Zen is a practice that allows for a calming, deep acceptance of life as it is. It is not about condoning hatred, anger, and violence. It is about being dedicated to the pursuit of living from the highest self so as to be a reflection of goodness to others. The more we live an outward example of peace, justice, and harmony, the more lives we touch and the more those lives create a ripple effect, spreading that mindset across the world.

The concept of being zealous sounds as if it is a more outspoken, highly-boisterous state. That is not necessarily so. If being enthusiastic and actively interested in Zen creates a more peaceful world, there is a lot of positive thought about that idea. Being enthusiastic is not always about being boisterous and loud.

It’s a slow process, but as time passes, more and more people are becoming aware of the power of positive thought. They are becoming more aware of the benefits of acceptance and belief in the strength of a unified front. If we could just impress upon people that the negative sentences and thoughts need only be flipped over and made into positive sentences and thoughts, there would be a lot quicker evolutionary movement on this planet. The world we wish to see would be a reality. As Gandhi once said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It isn’t too difficult, really it isn’t. Just change the perspective, adjust the attitude, walk the talk, and watch the world transform.


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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Vinaya, thank you! I appreciate your compliments. Zen is wonderful practice. Peace to you! :)

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      Vinaya Ghimire 6 years ago from Nepal

      Zen is one of the cult practice in Mahayana Buddhism. I practice Vajrayana, which is another sect in the Mahayana. This is well written hub.

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      Lene Lynn 6 years ago

      Happy, well thank you SO much! That's a lot of compliments for one article and I am so glad you liked it! :) It's the last in my series so now I am on to the next topic...which shall be a surprise! :) Thank you for stopping by and commenting! :)

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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Great hub about a practice that helps calm the mind and soul and helps one accept life as it is yet at the same time become the change that will help create the world as we wish it would be. This is not about wishful thinking but rather, as you've so eloquently stated, taking action to change our perspective, adjust our attitude and walk our talk. Rated up, useful, beautiful and interesting.