Q. Isn’t Zen meditation escapism?

A. You seem to have such an idea since you misunderstand the term ‘emptiness’, frequently used in Zen meditation, to mean nihilism. In fact, this is far from being correct.  Zen meditation never tells people to avoid, or escape from reality but to see through it, or see it as just it is and therefore make wise decisions. Zen meditation teaches people how to lead their lives instead of being led by them.

Zen meditation helps people to realise that they are not the slaves of imaginary absolute beings such as Buddha, or Bodhisattvas but rather the master of them. It helps you to realise that you are happiness itself, eternity itself and perfection itself and that the world where you are living is the very Pure Land. It helps you to see and hear all the beauty that you have not been able to recognise so far, and to realise that your life is worth living much more than you think. Zen meditation encourages you to live a positive life rather than remain as a passive onlooker.

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