Chapter

Everybody Must Get Foxed

Steven Heine

in White Collar Zen

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195160031
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850273 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195160031.003.0004
Everybody Must Get Foxed

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This chapter discusses dissatisfaction or anxiety in Buddhism. According to Buddhism, whether you receive something you do not want or are thwarted in claiming what you expect, you should resist the futility and despair of endless grasping. Recognizing that no matter how hard you try, the long arm of Yama—the lord of decay, decline, and death—can never be evaded. You can, however, alter your attitude toward the constant flux by applying Zen strategies of maintaining equilibrium and concentration while being active and assertive.

Keywords: Zen; Buddhism; anxiety; Yama; equilibrium

Chapter.  7224 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Buddhism

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