Tag Archives: Zen Buddhism

A Weed’s Zen Acceptance of Fate

If you’re hostile towards garden weeds these days, here’s a very Zen-like Scott Bates poem from a weed’s point of view. Or maybe it’s an existentialist parable about free will.

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Art Is the Path to Liberation

Nick Brown, a very bright philosophy and English double major, reflects on how to live a worthwhile life. An aesthetic approach to life is at the core of his argument.

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The Zen of Basketball

Imagine a groups of Zen Buddhists playing basketball.

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