"When I forget my ways, I am in The Way"

Philosophical and experiential notes on Nothingness, with supporting insights from martial arts, quantum physics and Taoism



The monastery's practices are focused on maintaining a calm and flexible state of mind. In everyday life.

What is 'Nothingness' meant to convey? It is meant to convey, in part, a state of mind. In another sense, however, it is meant to express the so-called 'void' out of which creation myths describe that all things rose. Where do creative ideas come from? Or where do thoughts themselves arise from? It is not a term that's meant to imply oblivion or deep cynicism, e.g. nihilism. Instead, the monastery is a modest attempt to point in the direction of the limitlessness of potential. Particularly in terms of finding more effective ways to live our everyday lives.

Mushin (無心); Japanese mushin; English translation "no mind") is a mental state into which very highly trained martial artists are said to enter during combat.They also practice this mental state during everyday activities. The term is shortened from mushin no shin (無心の心), a Zen expression meaning the mind without mind and is also referred to as the state of "no-mindness". That is, a mind not fixed or occupied by thought or emotion and thus open to everything.  It is somewhat analogous to flow experienced by artists deeply in a creative process.