This website is an exploration and sharing of our common ground. It is a journey and an investigation, an uncovering and sharing of the real basis for human happiness, peace, creativity, communication, connection, a harmonious life... as best one can. It is the enjoyment of that process itself as well as the community of like-minded "truth lovers" from around the world. It is the art of living made manifest as writing and photos. It is unique expression not just of writer-artist (Eric Platt) but also any other participants in the play.
The main topics could be said to be applied philosophy – how to be happy, loving, connected, creative, at peace, attuned to Reality – via the thread running through philosophy in the traditional or ancient sense of "love of wisdom" (philo-sophia) and the topics of consciousness, reality, mind, psychology, science and any related areas, like society, humor and art.
Much of the content here is inspired by the philosophical understanding called "nonduality" or "non-dualism" (Advaita vedanta in the East) as well as connecting psychology to spirituality in an applied and practical way, informed by my background in the field of Three Principles Psychology.
In the broadest sense, the journey is about going beyond the mind, including all the "spiritual", wisdom and philosophical teachings: thus the name of the site "On Beyond Zen." The name could also refer to the intuition, or "innate intelligence" that comes from beyond the mind "out of the blue": the vertical dimension if you will.
The name "On Beyond Zen", popped up one day, as a play on two ideas: the delightful children's book I learned to read from when I was 7 years old: "On Beyond Zebra" by Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel), and my interests in Zen in the 80's, and in non-duality more recently.
About the Author & Photographer (Me)
I am not a teacher nor life coach, just a writer (escaped from academic philosophy) and artist/photographer, a self-employed eccentric, inventor... all kinds of labels have been applied to me or used over the years. Take yer pick. 😉