"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


Martial artists are taught how to defend themselves. Perhaps the most famous awareness tip is to "be aware of your surroundings." The monastery has a few daily tips as well, distilled from centuries of martial arts teachings.

1. Compete with no one except yourself.
2. Be aware of your surroundings.
3. If you are surrounded, relax.
4. Abide. Your surroundings will want to imitate you. That’s nature.
5. Self defense? The main thing you have to defend against is your self.

It's pretty easy to change the world, but it gets harder when you try to improve it. I'm not out to change the world, except by improving my self. This is a softer, more supple approach. Far more manageable and, in my opinion, do-able. Generally speaking, force doesn't work too well when it comes to improving the world.

The more meaningful goal is one in which we learn to be more effective, as human beings, in our everyday life, relationships and circumstances. It's one thing to hide away in a monastic cave and sort through deeper inner experiences and meanings. But it's another thing altogether to learn to do that in everyday life. That's a significant order of magnitude more challenging.