At first The Zen App idea was just satire and irony: use technology to relax and get away from your computer, your phone, the internet...erm...your technology! The more we talked about it, the more we decided that there was actually no reason for it not to be used as a serious app as well. Perhaps it could be useful to zone out, to "Zen", looking at a blank screen and listening to my Dad's waves. Couldn't we all do with a little moment every day to escape the madness of our lives?
We do not wish to be accused of mocking Zen Buddhism, so we have researched and discussed it with people who have first hand experience and have lived in the Far East.
The conclusion that we came to was that the Zen App could have a lot of of different reactions, of course there may be people that say we are exploiting Zen Buddhism, that will be their opinion. However, other people may find themselves wanting to find out more about Zen, some may find themselves feeling more relaxed and some may just find it funny and may even laugh, which would be great. After all:
“Laughter is the language of the
― Pablo Neruda
“It is cheerful to God when you rejoice or laugh from the bottom of your heart.”
― Martin Luther King Jr.
"I am a professional laugher"
― Dalai Lama