Continuation from CPS session?
FL: I think one thing that is important to recognize is that the way our body, our brain and our emotional systems work is very similar from culture to culture. We are all working with the same raw material: the human body, including the brain. At the moment when we hear meditation, we immediately associate it with Buddhism, because Buddhism has great public relations. So people tend to think meditation is Buddhist, but of course it is not exclusively so. I have already mentioned Christianity, you have mentioned Daoism.
We need to recognize that, just because something is associated with one culture, doesn’t mean that it is exclusive to that culture. It does not even mean that it came from that culture. Things arise all over.
So creativity and meditation, these do not belong to one culture. It may be that in any given time their expression in one culture gets a big face in the world, but that can be very deceiving on two accounts: that culture is not necessarily the only source of it and that culture is not the only place it is practiced.
The other thing that is important to recognize is that diversity is really important. That is why the Silk Road had such a powerful influence on world history and on the history of ideas. We are who we are today because different cultures came together and exchanged ideas and integrated them into one another and that is in fact the essence of creativity.
One more thing that is important when it come to creativity and meditation is that the aim of Buddhist meditation is to “wake up”. The aim of creativity and innovation is to create new ways of doing things. They are companions that often go into the same directions on the same road, but not always. Sometimes the roads diverge, and it is important to remember that.
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