The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life by Alan W. Watts Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  7/10. Part One:  Background and History 1. The Philosophy of the Tao Taoism Difference between western and eastern thought Intro to self You are who you are now But we define self on past Concrete past Intro to Taoism "Superior work has the quality of an accident" 2. The Origins of Buddhism "Knowing what is not so is often as important as what is." "The function of negative knowledge is not unlike the uses of space" "The value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains. But…

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

ZAMM
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig Read:  2017-02-08, Rating:  10/10. My Takeaways Too personal for me to give an objective review. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance found me, forever changing my view on life, on suffering, on literature, philosophy and the search for Quality. My Notes Romantic vs Classical Personality What is Quality?

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What is Quality?

Motorcycle Maintenance
What is Quality? Quality is a characteristic of thought and statement that is recognized by a nonthinking process. Because definitions are a product of rigid, formal thinking, quality cannot be defined. But even though Quality cannot be defined, you know what Quality is! People can recognize what Quality is by evaluating things as good and bad, yet be unable to say what it is in explicit terms. Quality divides "Hip" and "Square" in American culture. Quality bridges the gap between Romantic and Classic modes of thought. Quality cannot be viewed from an analytical, classic standpoint. Quality is neither subjective nor objective. Quality is viewed differently because people approach it with different experiences. Quality corresponds to the Tao, the way. Quality is…

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Romantic vs Classical Personality

Motorcycle Maintenance
Human Understanding: Romantic vs Classical Romantic Immediate artistic appearance World in terms of its surface appearance Predisposed towards emotions and intuitions Motorcycle riding is a romantic experience Avoid understanding technology Following manufacturer instructions, trust in experts Waiting for temperature to warm up, optimizing comfort Pack as necessary Eastern affinity for the aesthetic "Hip" Aversion to technology produced by classic reason Classical Focused on scientific reasoning World in terms of its underpinning structures Predisposed to logic and the scientific method Motorcycle maintenance is more of a classic task Understanding technology, how things work Improvising parts, instead of manufacturer instructions Keep riding, despite temperature, optimize time Keeping detailed lists Order the universe in a rational, economical way Seen as dull and joyless Western…

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Read:  2017-01-21, Rating:  10/10. Gripping life story full of takeaways for an engineer, businessman, student. I couldn't put the book down. My Takeaways: Strive for simplicity, Minimalism, Zen Organize and Motivate A-players Ask "What is the Purpose?" Never use PowerPoint again Laser Focused Eye Contact My Notes: Biological father was a Syrian Muslim and biological mother was Catholic. Steve was supposed to be adopted by lawyers, but last minute decided they wanted a girl. Steve was adopted by a hard working mechanic and housewife. Lots of influences from his father. Job's father had once taught Steve that a drive for perfection meant caring about the craftsmanship even of the parts unseen. Jobs took interest in electronics.…

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