Zen, Movement, Tea, Physics and Consciousness

What is Zen?

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  • The easiest way to learn is probably from Mindy McAdam's excellent How to Teach GO. Although, as the name implies, intended as an aid to teachers it is actually a self contained rapid course in GO, the best I have seen, with excellent illustrations. You should be playing within half an hour at most.
  • Books on GO
    A selection of books on GO that cover everything from beginner to master.

You may or may not have played GO. You should. Intimately linked with oriental culture and thought, it combines an elegant simplicity with complex interactions between the local and the global. Much easier to learn than chess, but needing a lifetime to become a real master, it can bring you hours of interesting, entertaining and fulfilling pleasure. You can get some idea of what I mean from the fascinating IGS Art Gallery. Some beautiful examples of Japanese art involving the game of GO. This is a marvellous collection which encapsulates much of Japanese culture.

The game itself depends on combining attention to detailed local situations with a "feel" for pattern and influence. Just as in Zen the philosophy should not detract you from sweeping the yard, so in GO your overall strategic plan should not detract from the details of the bottom left corner.

At the left of this page I have provided a few links to enable you to pursue further this fascinating game. They will open in a separate window so that you do not lose this present page, and you will be able to continue to my next topic - Zen.