[Haskell-cafe] A hell of a question
jason.dusek at gmail.com
Mon Dec 22 20:07:04 EST 2008
2008/12/22 Luke Palmer <lrpalmer at gmail.com>:
> Andrzej Jaworski <himself at poczta.nom.pl>
> > First let me disassociate Haskell from Taoism...
> I associate Haskell with Zen...
The relationship between Taoism and Zen is actually very
close. The notion of "stillness practice" is essentially
Chinese. Indian schools of meditation and schools of Buddhism
not originating in China, tend to emphasize an /object/ of
meditation -- a God, a candle, what-have-you. The practice of
"sitting still, doing nothing" finds its way into Buddhism
when Chan Buddhism is formed in China. It is an adaption of a
Taoist practice with a long history -- and in fact, Chan was
seen as a Taoist renewal. It is Chan that makes its way to
Japan to become the Zen we all know.
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