How the clever use of mobile phones is helping to improve government services in Pakistan. The Economist
Zazen is good training, and it develops certain abilities that are useful for fiction writing: for example, the ability to sustain focus and concentration; or the ability to tune in to one’s body and mind and to pay attention to intuition; or the ability to notice what’s causing remorse and suffering.
Zen Buddhism is sliding downhill at a rather fast rate becoming “fake Zen” which is a distortion of Zen’s history, tradition, and ultimate object. By distortion I mean a narrative that essentially falsifies Zen by a variety of means such as omitting key facts and altering others.
It took humans millions of years of evolution and thousands of years of study to turn nothing into something. Ancient civilizations had various number systems, but it wasn’t until the seventh century AD that absence gained a presence in the Indian-origin numerical scheme we use today, becoming the mathematical concept “zero,” initially represented by a dot.
Bees, it seems, are able to grasp this abstraction, too. And increasingly it appears that other creatures get the difficult notion of nothingness as well.