In an increasingly hectic and busy society, it feels more and more like we are out of touch with ourselves, burdened by pressures within and without, and lacking fulfillment. Trust in public institutions is low, and traditional values are being revised or fully rejected. Old ideas and modes of thought are being translated into a new and unexplored landscape of the technological age. What does our generation need to regain our footing as complete human beings? We are not robots, nor mere tools of commerce. The question is: how do we rise above the chaos to achieve full-scale life satisfaction?
Millennial Zen Project was created to bridge the gap between ancient wisdom and postmodern pressures, encouraging us to seek the insights of the past while reformulating them into usable mental tools and practices. Our goal is to regain balance in the world we live in right here and right now.
We promote what we call The Paxian Way, an attitude towards life based around the mature archetype of The Peacemaker. If you have not read The Paxian Way, you can do so here.
We have 5 Core Values which we see as essential for living a good life:
These are the fruits of a well-balanced life, which we believe can be experienced in increasing measure as the result of developing our 7 Core Virtues, which are:
Beliefs, while important, are not the focus of MZP. We are seeking practical wisdom and techniques to help us achieve life satisfaction. We draw on teachings and ideas from various sources to form a relevant set of tools which can help us navigate everyday choices. While we have favored wisdom traditions and thinkers past and present, the content used by MZP is not limited to any particular system of thought. People of all backgrounds and inclination can find value in these universal building blocks of good living.
Our approach is threefold:
- Introducing wisdom traditions, teachings and practices in a way that relates to daily life, without fostering the guilt and outrage all-too-common in domains of ethics and religion.
- Encouraging healthy relationships and community, both locally and in the world at large.
- Validating differences between people, and promoting inner self-development as an alternative solution to outrage and conflict.