Greetings from ZenJi
Greetings! I am ZenJi, the Zen-Journal (ZenJo) Monk and today I want to reveal to you how I go about my day, my work, and my life while guided by my ZenJo.
Who Am I?
First of all, you could say that I am Baz’s alter-ego: Deep within his heart Baz wishes he’d followed the monastic path, however, having discovered ‘the middle way’ late in life (not to mention that we aren’t all meant to take the vows of a monastic), Baz would be the first to tell you that he hasn’t taken monastic vows.
It could be said that all who live the ZenJo Lifestyle are, in their hearts, monks and nuns. Zen monks and nuns are those who live in continual retreat from the material world, usually in a Zen Center or monastery, spending their days working in support of themselves and their community, and devoting themselves to the study of the Buddha’s teachings.
But labels are meaningless. Like Baz, you’re also a ZenJo Monk in my mind. You’re here, and by whatever miracle you ended up here, I hope my message is meaningful and helpful to you.
How I Live My Daily Life
Regardless of our level of commitment to live the ZenJo Lifestyle, we all have a choice in how we live, how we behave, and how we treat others. The adoption of the ZenJo Lifestyle doesn’t mean you’re a Buddhist, a Practical Buddhist, or anything at all for that matters.
Living the ZenJo Lifestyle is an experiential rather than religious life. As a very brief review, it involves the following four practices that even Zen monks engage each day: [Read more…]