7 Best Articles on Zen
The most useful articles on zen from around the web—beginners to advanced—curated by thought leaders and our community. We focus on timeless pieces and update the list whenever we discover new, must-read articles or videos—make sure to bookmark and revisit this page.
Top 5 Zen Articles
At a glance: these are the articles that have been most read, shared, and saved on zen by Refind users in 2023 so far.
- Become Your New Habit
- Powerful Training for the Mind
- How to Let Go of Obsessive Overthinking
- To experience Zen-like awakening, try going the headless way
- How Zen Koans Unlock the (Gateless) Gate of Enlightenment
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How to Let Go of Obsessive Overthinking
By Leo Babauta Sometimes, our heads won’t stop thinking about something. Our thoughts will spin around and around, not willing to let go, obsessing. It might be about another person, a big event…
«Don’t look at the object of your thoughts or the problem you need to solve … but the fear that’s having you want to obsess and overthink»
How To Be Better At Being Good To Yourself
Tips and tricks for becoming a more mindful, active, and zen human being
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Become Your New Habit
By Leo Babauta Quitting an old habit or forming a new habit is fairly simple when it comes to the steps to doing it: find your trigger and do a new habit at that trigger over and over. Remind yourself…
«CLINGING TO OLD MENTAL PATTERNS The mental patterns that keep us stuck in old habits are tied to our old image of ourselves.»
Powerful Training for the Mind
By Leo Babauta Every one of us has thought patterns that keep us stuck: Discouragement: What’s the point, I’m going to fail anyway, why even try, it’s too hard. Rationalizing: It’s OK to skip this, I…
«Try the new thought pattern. Say it to yourself and try really believing in it. Fully empower it. See what effect it has.»
How Zen Koans Unlock the (Gateless) Gate of Enlightenment
A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths. We look at some examples to see how these enigmatic sayings work.
Making peace with our unpeacefulness: Claude AnShin Thomas' path from war to Zen Buddhism
Claude AnShin Thomas enlisted in the US Army at 17, served as a helicopter gunner and crew chief in the Vietnam War, and was awarded numerous medals and a Purple Heart – all before becoming ordained…
To experience Zen-like awakening, try going the headless way
Try to point to your true self as you’d point to a brick wall, and other experiments in Zen-like awakening
We monitor hundreds of publications, blogs, newsletters, and news sources in Zen, including:
Creator of Zen Habits. Training in uncertainty. Zen student, vegan, dad, husband.
3x #1 NYTimes bestselling author. Best known for F-Bombs and uncomfortable truths. Giving life advice that doesn't suck since 2008.
Big ideas in science and math. Because you want to know more. Launched by @SimonsFdn. 2022 Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting. http://quantamagazine.org
Aeon is a magazine of ideas and culture. Psyche is our sister magazine focused on the human condition. Visit http://aeon.co and http://psyche.co for more.
Tricycle Magazine: The Buddhist Review
🧘 Print + Digital magazine with a mission to share Buddhist teachings globally. ➡️ Begin your day positively with #Buddhist wisdom: http://tricy.cl/3MdVrzn
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