This section is meant for children and young adults, but it’s fun for grown-ups, too. Although it isn’t strictly Zen in the sense of representing established Zen teachings, it is certainly Zen-flavoured.
These teachings are unique in that they aren’t really teachings. In other words, they aren’t about gaining new knowledge. All of our youth are getting quite enough of that sort of teaching in school and by watching television. That sort of learning is great when it comes to getting along in our society, but it doesn’t usually teach children the most basic skill of all – the ability to think for themselves.
If you want your children to grow up believing exactly what you do, this probably isn’t the place for you. On the contrary, these teachings will encourage children to see the world for themselves, and to make up their own minds regarding the nature and meaning of life. To paraphrase something the Buddha himself reportedly said, one should not believe just because he (or any other teacher) says something is true. It is for each of us to discover for ourselves what this world is all about. This section of the site doesn’t give you the answers. But it does provide tools for exploration. Have fun!
Zen Questions For Young Adults — Learning the art of asking ourselves questions can lead to some amazing discoveries.
Two Mountains? – Are we sure we know what different things are, or is everyone pretty confused?
The Following Game — A game to see the world isn’t as ‘clear-cut’ as we think.