Zen, Tao, and Love, by Robert Rosenbaum

Current state: Published

Enter a short description of the image here Earlier this month, Wisdom Publications asked Bob Rosenbaum, author of "Walking the Way: 81 Zen Encounters with the Tao Te Ching" to write something about Love for their BLOG. In his usual masterfully lyrical, compassionate writing style, Bob leads us into a deeper more expansive understanding of the juxtaposition of eastern and western idiologies on the subject of love. Below is a taste that begins his essay. To see the piece in its entirely, click here.

Enter a short description of the image hereSome years ago the Saturday lecture at Berkeley Zen Center focussed on details of Zen forms: how to bow during service, how to walk in the zendo, how to eat during formal meals. Afterwards one student asked: “Why do Zen teachers talk about these things so much? Why don't I hear them speak more about love?"

The speaker, Sojun Mel Weitsman, responded: "Love? That's all we ever talk about."

Readers of the Tao Te Ching might raise the same  question as that student, and I’d make a reply similar to Sojun’s. It’s undeniable, though, that neither Zen nor Taoism use the “L” word very much.  In fact, sometimes they seem actively hostile to it. (Read More)

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