This is an excerpt of a video we made on Zen Arts as a “Way”.
“A Way” is a path to realizing our true nature and our innate capacity using an external activity which can be anything from writing to tea ceremony.
Western arts can be used as well as the traditional Japanese practices. Zen “ways” can include things we don’t usually even consider art. Being an entrepreneur or a cook would be an example of that. You can think of it as using external activity to appreciate the reality of our internal state.
“The Way” can then be used to see our internal state and to cultivate its growth.