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Welcome To Zensylvania

Welcome to Zensylvania. My name is Eric Adriaans and I’ll be your host, tour-guide or master of ceremonies. You decide which. In Zensylvania, I explore zen, meditation, tai chi, motorcycles and a variety of other obsessions which continue to provide me with meaningful and sometimes unexpected insight into living the kind of life I want to live and being the kind of person I want … Continue reading Welcome To Zensylvania

Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

I began this inquiry as a response to a book that I found at the local public library in my community. I read the book over the course of a few days, expecting to find little other than a standard, light-reading, member of the trendy “wellness” self-help genre. My expectations were mostly fulfilled. But the book managed to extend slightly beyond those expectations, occasionally, to … Continue reading Footnotes to Niksen: An Inquiry into Doing Nothing

Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (One: Title and the “Author’s Note”)

I’m no longer completely certain when or how I first became aware of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance By Robert Pirsig. I do know that it was never on the reading list for any high-school or university courses that I took during my academic days in the 1980’s and early 90’s. It seems probable that I came across references to it in some … Continue reading Footnotes to Zen and The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (One: Title and the “Author’s Note”)

On Footnotes

Every now and then in Zensylvania, we tend to get a bit meta and referential about things. You’ll notice that many of the essays and inquiries are titled as “Footnotes to”….something. Footnotes to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Footnotes to Niksen. Footnotes to Being Water. Etcetera. While all of this footnoting may seem a bit overdone and repetitive, it isn’t without long consideration … Continue reading On Footnotes