Zen and Money
(by Ming Zhen Shakya, OHY)

This week I'd like to discuss how cultivating the Zen attitude helps to avoid financial disasters.

Zen is an extremely practical religion. Aside from providing efficient methods and techniques for achieving exalted spiritual states, it offers some very common sense guidelines for living in the world.

Zen first requires that we have the courage to confront ourselves. Before we commit to a course of action we have to examine our motives. We have to be like Method-School actors who can't do a scene until they understand the psychology of an action. "What's my motivation?" they demand to know. Before we buy, invest, borrow, lend, co-sign, or enter into any kind of contract, we have to scrutinize our desires.


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