Nothingness and Everything (Zen, Taoism, Buddhism and Beyond)
This is probably more an All Encompassing Trip topic (and could be move there, if our wonderful powers-that-be decide it should be) but we have talked a lot about religion, Christianity, Islam, and Judaica on the Train forums, so here is where it starts. We have not so much talked about non-dogmatic philosophy here. Let's talk here about philosophies such as Zen, Taoism, Buddhism and other forms of non-dogmatic thought. Hopefully, we won't pit one philosophy against another or focus only on one or two. Let's also try to stay away from cliches, which is very difficult to do in any philosophical discussion. Since this isn't about theism, it probably isn't about atheism either. But nothing is disallowed as long as it's within forum rules (i.e let's not make it about someone but rather about the topic!)
Questions we might consider:
-Is nihilism related to eastern thought such as Zen and Taoism, and if so, how?
-Is it offensive to refer to eastern thought as nihilistic?
-Is it embarrassing or inappropriate to hear westerners use terms like "namaste"?
-Does focusing on the here and now free us from any concerns about the future?
-If we are content to be in the here and now, in what ways are we to be responsible humans?
-Can our actions change anything or is everything that happens inevitable?
-Should we concern ourselves with how close we can come in this life to understanding Life, The Universe, and Everything, and if so, how do we get there?
-Or should be just go along fat dumb and happy?
These are just ideas for jumping off points.
My own "philosophy" is more one of multiplicity and often verges on antiphilosphy (i.e., I'm not big on labels). As I move through this life, I find myself more drawn to Zen and Taoist ideas and thought, although I have no intention of becoming a "Zen Buddhist" or a "Taoist". I prefer a broad palate from which to draw.
And maybe the propensity of some like me to borrow from many sources and remain non-committal is something someone here would want to debate. It's all good... and bad. Ying/Yang.
I think I just used a cliche. Dock me points, haha!
“Finding beauty in a broken world is creating beauty in the world we find.”
-Terry Tempest Williams
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