At a first glance, a certain type of zen meditation practices and postmodern ideologies seem to go hand-in hand. They both share (though from different perspectives) excessive self-observation, love of oxymoron and short quotations, negative stance towards expertise, distrust of reason and emotion, ‘the burden-is-on-the-user/learner/buyer’ attitude, and, above all, the de-contextualization and dis-association of the individual from the historical, political, social environments.
These thoughts are the result of my reading and interpretation of Shunryu Suzuki’s Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind (Weatherhill, 1970) and Sylvia Boorstein’s, Don’t just do something. Sit there. A Mindfulness Retreat (Harper 1990).
The most interesting fact, though, is that neither meditation nor yoga nor musings about postmodernity can exist without relying on language. There are many activities that do not need language to be observed, understood, and performed, but not these.