I think I now have a better idea of what zen feels like.
For me, it’s that feeling of being at peace with everything – people, things and activities – in spite of what is happening around you. No expectations from anything, anyone (even yourself or rather your super ego).
For me, it all started with a visit to Ginkakuji…
Was a joy to walk around the Silver Pavilion which was not a huge compound, just breathing in the fresh air and taking in the scenery.
Then a walk down Philosopher’s Path under a drizzle. Spotted temples, residential and some shops along the way – popped in at times to hide from the getting-heavy drizzle.
And finally Yudofu at Junsei Restaurant. Never imagined that the tofu menu can be so varied, creative and delicious, especially under wet circumstances (like walking in the rain prior).
And it was zen despite the on-off drizzle before the typhoon started to descend in the next two days.
Come to think of it, holidays are probably times when we come close to zen. In an unfamiliar place where there are more strangers than acquaintances, we immerse in a new culture and see new sights, away from digital disruptions (or should I say less? Impossible to have zero technology these days) and from people/matters that demand our attention in life.