INTEGRAL POST | The Zen Leader and the Art of "And" by Ginny Whitelaw
September 10, 2012 19:09

A famous Zen koan presents the case of two monks rolling up a blind—imagine it: someone on each side, rolling, rolling. The Zen teacher in the case, Hogen, comments, “One gain, one loss.” In our ordinary way of looking at things, this is an apt description of paradox: most decisions present more than one right possibility, and to decide for one thing is to decide against others. For example, do we focus on short term or long term in running our business? An extraordinary push to make this quarter’s numbers may bring us short term gain, but we’re almost certainly sacrificing long term sustainability. Do we decide in favor of work or family when a crucial business meeting collides with the school play? One gains, one loses. The student of Zen further penetrates this koan to realize, beyond the dualistic challenges of everyday life, the boundless emptiness out of which this ceaseless change plays out.

The Zen Leader and the Art of "And"
Ginny Whitelaw


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