Zen and the Art of Existence

The title of this one seemed to fit because there is this feeling inside that just wants to cry out that there is nothing to find. I don’t know how many times you have to read it or consider it, but there is no path to reach this conclusion. There is just the mere seeing, that there is no mere see-er… Who are you fooling by thinking that there is something pulling the strings.

The thing about Zen is that true zen, the teaching is about seeing what you are, it isn’t about the practice. All the practice serves is to orchestrate the mind and body of the individual to show them that there is no doer, not even through the mantras and motions of “zen” they are going through. Hence the gateless gate. I’ve mentioned this many times before in respect to Zen is that the gateless gate can be summed up by saying that the gate is the doer thinking they are doing something, when in reality there is no doer, therefore, there is no gate. The door has always been open but there has been no site of this.

It is truly like the prisoner is sitting in his cell with the door open but because he had been accustomed to his jail cell for so long that he has not the motivation to move outside of it, for what would he do once outside. We are not accustomed to reality, and what would we do with knowing what it is. The truth is, is that everything just continues to move on, nothing changes… but in the same effect, everything changes. Its so silly to believe that we lose everything… but its actually that we gain everything back that we thought we lacked.

You inherit a fortune in which you had never lost.

Here is the break down:

  • There is no you, it is a dream that was made up… just because it was created like a dream, doesn’t mean its real.
  • It is this way because… well its a dream, why do dreams persist? The answer is, who cares.. its for the beautiful pleasure of it being a magnificent dream.  Even in the event it is a nightmare, it is in the beauty that its perfect in respect to its dream/nightmareish-ness.
  • If there is defensiveness to guard that there is a you, ask yourself, who is defending it, another thought? who owns that thought and where does that thought go when its gone? Just another thought? So this you is just a bundle of thoughts then… and these thoughts are part of a complete existence. This doesn’t prove you exist, just that a bundle of thoughts exist and clever ones they are.
  • There is no you there, if you search, you will find nothing, and if there is nothing, why is that a problem? There doesn’t have to be a you for existence to be existence, enjoy the freedom you’ve just accumulated.
Thats the Zen flow of it…. that everything is perfect the way it is, even in the frustration.. it is perfect frustration, because frustration perfectly exists and frustration.. all there needs to be is acceptance of that frustration or non-acceptance… both are equally as acceptable… there is no right and wrong because they are equally as correct and inclusive in this thing of existence which is all encompassing. There doesn’t have to be a you to persist in order for all of this to be manifesting. It doesn’t need “your” help although it won’t stop the “your” from trying to help because again this is all part of the same thing.
So silly it all is… just a cosmic joke.. The ramblings of a wine drinking mid 20 something nobody. 😉

This is why I’m a nobody, I love every eternal moment of it.


Nick Myers, a 28 year old serial blogger. Also minimalist, zen participant, philosopher, author of Emotional Alchemist, and tea disciple. I am one who sees a potential lesson in every experience in life. Life is who we are and life is our ultimate guru. I seek to bring us together through our own shared experiences. And hope to not only learn deeply who I am but to learn deeply who others are by dropping my ideas from moment to moment about you.

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7 comments on “Zen and the Art of Existence
  1. msayers says:

    You know… even saying, “there is no you” doesn’t quite get at it either. I’ve gotta delve into that one very deeply. More to say on that later, I guess. Anyway, yeah… just funny, huh?

    Damned wine-o. 😉 Me, too!

  2. zenkitties says:

    find what you can and dig it up! no words will ever quite get at it… otherwise we would have a lot more awake to the “original state” lol…. goofy ass way of saying it.

  3. Hi Atomic Kittie,

    Nice Post . . . that’s right, there is nothing to find . . although once upon a time I told you there is a process to go through, right? Well you did go through some process, as a seeker, yes? (you proceeeded from a point of ignorance … towards liberation, one might say). For some ‘Process’ becomes conscious, for others it may remain unconscious up to the point of liberation, most often it ‘Appears’ to be painful, haha, ahemmm….

    OK, the process isn’t Real, nonetheless it is Actual for the individual up to the moment when one loses ones sense of separation/individuality, which is the end of ‘Process’! Then the realisation is ‘I am everything’ or ‘I am as nothing’, or I’m nothing unfolding as everything’, or, ‘Oh help, pour me another glass of wine . . . ‘ 😉

  4. zenkitties says:

    Hey Yogi,

    Thanks for chiming in at the most opportune time, so opportune that it wouldn’t of happened unless it was absolutely suppose to!

    There is some thought process that thought goes through in which to realize its own nature and to stop clinging to other things, very much so! When I look back in hindsight, the path seemed to be there, but just not how it was thought to be. the path seems to be like a cosmic misunderstanding until its truly understood isn’t it?

    It’s like “Oh, that’s actually what is there.” No more he said she said stuff because its always been in plain sight to see, no need for anyone to sell someone something although that does quite often doesn’t it.

    But cheers to the wine!

  5. Hi again,

    Well, let’s face it, I’m not really a yogi . . or any other label, how could I be, there is no ‘I’ here! Therefore I’m certainly no teacher, guru or so called master, … but like Mike says, ‘saying, “there is no you” (or ‘I’ for that matter) doesn’t quite cut the mustard either!

    Yes, there is no more “he said, she said” self-opinionated BS, that’s right . . it simply dissipates; ahhh blessed relief!

    Also, there is no path, that’s illusory, but like you say, it appears to exist to the individual thinker. Of course individuality/personal will is the great illusion, isn’t it? Well it was for me as I went is search of ‘The Truth’ . . Ooo,Eee,Ooo . . . whatever happened to Fox Mulder? Never mind. Anyway, I and the truth are ‘one-ness’ 😉

  6. zenkitties says:

    Hey Yogi,

    You’re as much of a yogi as I am a Zen Kitty :P. I would hope that you nor I would ever claim to be a teacher because that would just be absurd. There may be teaching that happens but not because of “your” or “my” doing. There is no credit to be taken by someone, only learning to be happening.

    “Of course individuality/personal will is the great illusion, isn’t it?”

    Agreed, to the think it is there, but in reality it’s nothing but a thought in the wind, that passes just like any other thought, nothing special about it…or… incredibly special, whichever sounds better for the reader haha.

    Apparently, Fox molder turned into California Cajun on TV, which is unfortunate because I really like the “Truth is out there” guy in him.


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