Yippee!! Today is the last day of the challenge and 26 posts later. I am very pleased that I got this far and did not miss one day and was not even a day late. So today, ZEN.
What is Zen?
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that developed in China during the Tang dynasty as Chán. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, northeast to Korea and east to Japan.
Zen emphasizes rigorous meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. As such, it deemphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.
Zen is simple. Nothing complicated. Everything as it is. The beautiful is significant in the moment of now.
“I have lived with several Zen masters -- all of them cats.”
― Eckhart Tolle
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Rock, sand and gravel are an essential feature of the Japanese garden. A vertical rock may represent Mount Horai, the legendary home of the Eight Immortals. or Mount Sumeru of Buddhist teaching, or a carp jumping from the water. A flat rock might represent the earth. Sand or gravel can represent a beach, or a flowing river. Rocks and water also symbolize yin and yang, (in and yō in Japanese) in Buddhist philosophy; the hard rock and soft water complement each other, and water, though soft, can wear away rock.Wikipedia
And so we reach the end of this phenomenal challenge, with 1000's of bloggers around the world taking part. I don't feel I have ever written so many blog posts in the history of my blog. It brought me out of my creative block and it made me realise I can write every day when I put my heart into it. Furthermore, I have come across some wonderful bloggers in the process and I intend to keep in touch with many of them.
Thank you for visiting and commenting on my posts. I hope you stick around and see the inspiration I share over the next year. I will be starting my new book tomorrow so the writing continues. If you liked what you saw on this challenge you may want to pop by my book page and buy my book 'When Everyone Shines But You' and support indie writers.