The Lunar New Year celebration comes out of China’s ancient agrarian society. Traditionally, the second new moon after the winter solstice is regarded as the stimulus for the first stirrings of spring, so for almost a quarter of the world’s population, the spring festival is a time for new beginnings.
To make the most of new beginnings, it may be useful to reflect on the common ground of the spiritual traditions of the orient.
The Tao, the natural order of the universe, is formless and so subtle and so close, that it cannot be grasped as a concept, but can be directly experienced. The essence of Zen, comes from the Chinese, Ch’an, which comes from ancient Vedic, Dhyana, meaning meditation or meditative state. More precisely, it points to a merging, a dissolving or absorption of one’s individual consciousness in consciousness itself, in order to intuit the true nature of reality.
Also spoken of in these traditions, is having a ‘diminishing will’, more like intention, so that one can have a quiet, ‘non-judgmental, non-presumptuous observation’, as ‘the way’ to be aligned with and recognize the natural harmony of Life.