Thursday, February 28, 2013

Products of our Environment

Recently I had an opportunity to teach zazen at a Waldorf school in Prague. For those of you unfamiliar with the Waldorf movement, the schools are based on spiritual principles which encourage a holistic approach to education. This means they are the kind of schools where middle class hippies send their children.

Despite being teenagers from very liberal families, very few of these students had any previous meditation experience. However, you wouldn't have known. Breathing the "right" way came to them naturally. One-pointed mind came to them naturally. Having been raised in non-materialistic environments, they lacked the angst and hunger of the modern world.

Many of us, by our lifestyles, create for ourselves problems which we then seek to solve through meditation. Better to seek a lifestyle in which the problems do not arise.


  1. Our mechanized, consumer life style accounts for the largest portion of our anxieties, this is why spiritual groups/sects like Zen Monasteries, Intentional Life Communes and the Amish, have developed. BTW- My wife Kathy was one of the founders of the Waldorf School here 30 years ago.

  2. Kathy cooks good things with lentils, so definately qualifies as a "middle class hippy".

    You can tell her that Prague's Waldorfské Lyceum is the friendliest, happiest place I've ever taught - which is why I've just accepted a proper job there for September. So nice, in fact, that I was prepared to turn down another teaching job at a different kind of school which would have paid more than twice as much!