Photograph by Jesse Van Horne of Skullflower Design Studios 2016.
Zen is all around us. Zen is nature. If you want to learn about Zen, observe nature. Observe the way the leaves fall from the trees in autumn. Observe the way they turn back to dust beneath the winter snow and ice. Observe the way a praying mantis moves through a forest of flowers. Observe the way any insect or animal behaves, especially when they are unaware that you are watching. That is the spirit of Zen. Nature. Pure and simple. Look at a flower in full bloom, that is Zen. Look at that same flower when it dies, still standing, a few wrinkled, browning petals still hanging on. That is Zen. Behold the world around you, this is Zen!