Zen and the modern man. Image courtesy of Design Pics/Darren Greenwood/Valueline/Thinkstock

Zen is a school of Buddhism whose followers attempt to achieve enlightenment through meditation.  It was established in the 7th century A.D. and subsequently spread throughout Asia.

If you are familiar with Zen Buddhism, you know there are some basic Zen sayings that help believers get much closer to their goal of enlightenment.  Unfortunately, they make very little sense in the modern world. 

Today, Essential Style for Men attempts to bridge the gap between the wisdom of the past and the reality of the present.

See our translations of the Zen teachings below:

“When you seek it, you cannot find it.”
Translation:  When you go out with your friends, don’t start off thinking you are going to meet ladies.  Go out thinking you are going to have a good time with your friends.  The ladies will come.

“Those who know don’t tell and those who tell don’t know.”
Translation: Shut up.  If you are that good, you don’t need to tell everyone.  Especially in sports.

“Move and the way will open”
Translation: If you want that beer, you have to get it yourself.

“Every exit is an entry to somewhere else”
Translation: For every breakup, there is an opportunity to hook up with one of her friends.

“Like this cup, you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup.”
Translation: If you want to make it through the rest of the night drinking, you better reset (throw up) in the bathroom without anyone knowing.

Now go and spread what you have learned from these lessons throughout the world.


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