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Zen & Paradoxes

Zen & Paradoxes

Being Zen is all about learning to live with ambiguity and paradoxes. Life is too complex to be understood using reason. The truth lies beyond words. But ...

What if we didn’t need an explanation for everything?

Zen Kōans, riddles that makes no sense, serve to help achieve a central tenet of Buddhism: letting go of binary thinking. Instead of focusing on right and wrong or black and white, kōans helped monks avoid clinging to answers or outcomes—because they lack them.


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The Pain Paradox

Desire creates pain in our lives.

But living a life void of desire is equally, if not more, painful.


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The Intensity Paradox

The more intensely you desire something, the harder it seems to attain.

If you don’t desire something with enough intensity, you never do what's required to attain it.


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The Risk Paradox

We desire comfort, security, and safety.

But nothing we desire can be obtained without risk.


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The More Paradox

We are driven by a desire for "more."

When we get it, it's not enough.


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The Time Paradox

What we want changes over time.

But our deepest desires - to be loved, to be validated - never change.


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Life does not makes sense. Why do you even try?

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