Friday, January 18, 2008

The American dream is a nightmare, it makes the dreamer insomniac.

The Zen dream is not even a dream, because Zen is about awakening, being , instead of becoming, pursuing, dreaming, sleeping, entertainment, escaping.

Zen strives for being here and now. Realization is not there in the future. It is here and now. It does not depend on “ifs” and “whens”. Zen sells peace, not pacifiers. Peace is the fruit of detachment, enjoying more, fully being your truth, instead buying more, having more.

The American dream is about Life, freedom and pursue of Happiness. But what if one has no freedom? What if one faces death? What if one’s pursue leads to constant failure? The answer is: Those circumstances do not matter, if you one IS Life, if you one IS Freedom, if one IS Happiness.

The American dream is the path to success. The Zen awakening is the way of fulfillment.

1 comment:

Kevin said...

The American Dream was concocted by some business leader after WWII who wanted to take advantage of the post-war business boom. I forget the guy's name, but Annie Leonard talks about it in her book The Story of Stuff. Check out her video. I believe she mentions him in the video, too.

Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness was coined by this country's Founding Fathers in the Declaration of Independence. The pursuit of Happiness (it's capitalized in the DoI) is something the Dali Lama talks about quite a bit and stresses is the goal of practice. What constitutes Happiness? Well, the Dali Lama believes it's anything that makes you feel happy all the time. Material things cannot bring permanent Happiness... a healthy, clear-thinking mind is the only thing that can bring true Happiness.

Personally, I believe that Happiness is a decision, an action; not a feeling...