The Zen Traffic Warrior
“I used to be pushing and pushing to get ahead… but now I am like the Zen Warrior… It’s a completely calm existence…”
This short 7 minute video by Bill Beaty shows how he has learned to drive in dense traffic, leaving a long gap between himself and the car in front.
This reduces the need for him to hit the brakes, and as a result all the traffic behind him flows smoothly at the speed he sets.
By avoiding the stop-go pattern of braking and accelerating, his driving produces smooth traffic flow. Impatient drivers can overtake, and he lets them in.
This shows how the intelligent actions of one driver can have a beneficial influence on a whole stream of traffic.
And a beneficial effect on the driver too – towards the end of the clip, Bill talks about how serene he feels driving this way.
“Now I’m the philosopher that’s helping everyone around me… It’s a totally different life as a commuter when you do it that way.”
See Bill’s website: www.trafficwaves.org
Compiled by Zen Moments
By Shunryu Suzuki
“…one of the top five Buddhist books, ever ” Elephant Journal
“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few.” “So begins this most beloved of all American Zen books. Seldom has such a small handful of words provided a teaching as rich as has this famous opening line of Shunryu Suzuki’s classic. In a single stroke, the simple sentence cuts through the pervasive tendency students have of getting so close to Zen as to completely miss what it’s all about.
An instant teaching on the first page. And that’s just the beginning. In the thirty years since its original publication, Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind has become one of the great modern Zen classics, much beloved, much re-read, and much recommended as the best first book to read on Zen. Suzuki Roshi presents the basics – from the details of posture and breathing in zazen to the perception of nonduality – in a way that is not only remarkably clear, but that also resonates with the joy of insight from the first to the last page. It’s a book to come back to time and time again as an inspiration to practice. ” Amazon book review