Six Primary Ideas of Eastern Philosophy.

Six best ideas of Eastern Philosophy

The ultimate goal of eastern philosophy is somewhat similar to the western philosophy. That of making us wiser, less agitated, more thoughtful and ready to appreciate our lives. The way of Eastern Philosophy is different.
In the east, philosophy has always been taught differently; drinking tea ceremonies, walks in bamboo forests or contemplation of rivers. Eastern philosophy has always been subtle but also complicated. It is popular for its various theologies. Primary Method of teaching which include sutras, stories and scriptures are itself fascinating.


We have extracted six salient points/ideas of Eastern philosophy in short paragraphs.

1.Kintsugi

Since the sixteenth century, Zen Buddhist philosophy in Japan has a unique view towards the things that have been repaired. The compound word Kintsugi is derived from two words: 'Kin’which means golden and ‘tsugi’ means joinery. In this philosophy, it says that broken pieces of pot should never be thrown away, instead it should be glued together in a way that shows the broken line in golden color; the color gold is made from lacquer inflected with gold powder. It should be made in a way that the damage is not disguised rather the gold line should render the broke lines, the golden crack should emphasize the beauty and strength of repaired pot. The crack is meant to emphasize that breaks have a rich characteristics of their own. That repair represent every human being, in a way we all are broken in some point of our lives. No-one should feel shameful if they are broken inside, everyone need repair and  mental healing. The pot is the symbol of that hope, we can still be beautiful inside despite our flaws at some point of our lives.

2.Life is Suffering 

In our previous article we wrote about Buddha's philosophy and noble truth he taught us all; one primary noble truth is that our life has unimaginable amount of misery and suffering. Buddha suggest us to adjust our expectations so that we are prepared and understand what to expect in life. The pleasure from sex will fade away, our partner will disappoint us, we will grow old and weak, and wealth will not spare us from pain and disease. He said a wise person can completely grow this with ordinary existence inside their own house. They should understand that they are living in dunghill. When they accept this, they hope for far different path and that malice will help them against their vanquished hope. If they succeed in doing this they will never have sense of being let down, when they feel betrayed or something else. Buddha was always cheerful and always had a subtle warm smile on his face. He considered sudden happiness or cheerfulness as a bonus. A sudden gratifying moment in his vast premises. By keeping that dark backdrop always in the back of his head, his appreciation of small and minor things that were not working against it. Buddha teaches us the art of cheerfulness despair by a practical way.


3.Metta

 In the Indian language 'pali' metta means benevolence, tenderness or kindness. Metta is one of the most important part in Buddhism. This attitude can be fostered by doing simple meditation daily. This daily ritual is also known as 'metta bhavana'. First a individual should begin this ritual by carefully thinking about a particular person with whom the person gets irritated, or with whom the person feel cold or feels aggression. Second step is to recognize the impulsive reaction within self and silent it gently, then kindly rehearse the messages like."I hope you are in peace or I wish you don't have suffering or pain." The specialty of this practice is that you can expand this practice to pretty much everyone in the world; Buddha himself practiced this ritual. Therefore, our emotions are not fixed, these impulses can be easily manipulated with the right encouragement. Love and compassion is infinite within ourselves; we need to only learn to direct toward those people whom we dislike as to those whom we love.

4.Bamboo as Wisdom

As you all might know that East-Asia is also known as the bamboo civilization. Though bamboo is widely used in this civilization, it is not the reason why it is called so. The bamboo symbolism is widely used because of it's symbolic qualities have been in this civilization for hundred of years particularly in Daoism philosophy. Even though bamboo are tall and strong, they are classified as grass. Unlike other trees the bamboo is hollow inside, but that hollow nature gives it the strength. It is resilient and flexible; during extreme storms it can bend almost down to the ground without shattering. There is a phrase from Lao Tzu which says "Bamboo as bamboo already is." Zheng Xie was a Daoist poet, philosopher and artists during Qing Dynasty. He was consider greatest in bamboo painting. He painted more than eight hundred pictures of bamboo and saw them as a symbol of behavior of a wise person. He also wrote an elegant script which is very popular: ‘Hold fast to the mountain, take root in a broken-up bluff, grows stronger after tribulations, and withstand the buffeting wind from all directions’.It was written as if it was said to bamboo, but it a message for all of us.


5.Wu Wei


In Daoism philosophy Wu Wei is considered major part of it. -Sage Lao Tzu described wu wei in sixth century BC in his writing Tao Te Ching. The meaning behind this is 'Not making an effort' or going with the flow; but it doesn't necessarily means laziness or sloth. It means surrendering the will on the basis of good recognition of need at time rather than reacting against the reality. Lao Tzu also said being wise is to recognize when to surrender to the universe and not go against it. This simple reasoning also help individuals to revalue our wishes during the conflict within reality, it helps to minimize the bitterness and anger towards the inevitable necessities.  He also explain that as an individual we don't have the capability to change the reality and remove it completely but every individual is free to decide how the attitude is going to towards it. This reaches to the root of what we consider as freedom, that everything for our vision to attitude towards everything is within our reach. The acceptance or avoidance is mere choice.


6.GUANYIN

In East-Asian Buddhism there is a saintly female figure which is strongly associated with compassion, mercy and love. That figure is Guanyin. There are hundreds of temples and shrines dedicated to all over the China. There is a Hundred and eighty meters tall statue of her in Hainan province of china (it’s the fourth largest statue anywhere in the world). It is considered that there is a need of childhood within us all. We need someone we can cry with. In the noble sense she is like a mother. Across China adults of all age come and allow themselves to be weak in her presence. That's a very basic and natural emotion of every living creature towards what we call creation. People usually cry in her gaze; for a moment people cry, looking for a chance to admit their sorrows, they break down but find kindness; that simple thing they all were looking for so long in the presence of sorrow. It is said that she doesn't judge. She understands you very well; she knows that you're tired. Tired from betrayal, things that are not in your control, she knows that you are fed up. This is a very desire every human have even adults, moving toward something is not a easy path, every hurdles weaken us all, but a simple kindness gives us strength, like every child in the presence of their mother.



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