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YI Sleep Better

Wouldn’t we all love better and more sleep?

I know so many people who suffer from some type of insomnia these days. Some who cannot fall asleep. Others who wake up in the middle of night and lay awake for hours – falling asleep again shortly before the alarm goes off . And a third group who wake at the crack of dawn  – too early to rise but they cannot get back to sleep.

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Defining Zen

What is Zen? Is it a state of mind? Can we aspire to achieve it? Do we need a teacher?

In defining zen, I turned to my bookshelf for the answers and discovered a chapter in “Buddhism – The Religion of No-Religion” in which Alan Watts describes how difficult it is to define Zen, a form of Buddhism practiced in many parts of the world including Japan and China. He says that contemplation may be the closest English word to describing Zen but that word itself implies inactivity while Zen is highly active.

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