Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Fifteen Zen Tenets

Academic journal article ETC.: A Review of General Semantics

Fifteen Zen Tenets

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Tenet 1

The realities of life are most truly seen in everyday things and actions.

Tenet 2

Everything exists according to its own nature. Our individual perceptions of worth, correctness, beauty, size, and value exist inside our heads, not outside them.

Tenet 3

Everything exists in relation to other things.

Tenet 4

The self and the rest of the universe are not separate entities but one functioning whole.

Tenet 5

Man arises from nature and gets along most effectively by collaborating with nature, rather than trying to master it.

Tenet 6

There is no ego in the sense of an endlessly enduring, unchanging private soul or personality that temporarily inhabits the body.

Tenet 7

True insight does not issue from specialized knowledge, from membership in coteries, from doctrines or dogmas. It comes from the preconscious intuitions of one's whole being, from one's own code.

Tenet 8

In emptiness, forms are born. When one becomes empty of the assumptions, inferences, and judgments he has acquired over the years, he comes close to his original nature and is capable of conceiving original ideas and reacting freshly. …

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