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Q. Everywhere I go I see the word Zen. It is on yoga studio signs, and even on food and hair products. What exactly is Zen?

A. Zen is a school of thought based on a form of Buddhism that originated in China. It was strongly influenced by Taoism and developed as a distinct school of Chinese Buddhism. One of the reasons the term is used in popular culture is that many of us seek profound wisdom and insights and in a word, “Zen” describes all of this without actually describing anything.


The term Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Middle Chinese word 禪 (Chan) which traces its roots to the Indian practice of Dhyāna (“meditation”). Zen emphasizes rigorous self-control, meditation-practice, insight into Buddha-nature, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life, especially for the benefit of others. As such, it de-emphasizes mere knowledge of sutras and doctrine and favors direct understanding through zazen and interaction with an accomplished teacher.


I have been a student and teacher in the human potential, personal development, and self-help movements for over forty-five years.  I am always amused and intrigued by those of my peers that like to claim that all problems are simply the product of negative thinking; “These are either truly extraordinary people or superficial thinkers with no sense of empathy or compassion for others.”

I imagine that if one can live in the state that Zen teachers call “Beginner’s Mind”,   then they have also mastered game theory and game-based thinking. In this state there really are no problems, there is only, what “Is”!  For those with a deep authentic faith in God, there are also no problems.  One can simply say “it is God’s will” or “it is Karma” or “it is all grace” and just live with whatever happens.

Of course, many of us do not fit into any of these categories. …

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Learn to free your inner “Zen” visionary through game-based thinking and gamification through my book



Learn how to win at the game of life through my new book “How to Hack Your Life through Game Thinking”




If you have an interest in having a basic understanding of Applied Game Theory (and you need to) here is an interview I did with James Selman, a pioneer and innovator in Leadership research.


Just click below to watch the entire interview.


Listen here as Lewis explain the RealUGuru Project and how we can give up unnecessary struggle through visionary thinking in this insightful interview with award winning journalist Phyllis Haynes about the RealUGuru Project





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