Lying Flat Buddha

3 April 2023
Taipei
Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche

“In order to do nothing we need to do a lot of things.”

Lying flat or tang ping is a recent Chinese cultural phenomenon among young people which implies a rejection of societal pressures and competition, and a desire to live a simple life. It may be the closest thing in Chinese society to the hippy movement and its counter-culture values. It may also be related to the Japanese phenomenon hikikomori, or extreme social withdrawal by young people.

Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche analyses tang ping and how it relates to a meaningful life in the ancient Chinese and Indian wisdom traditions.

Onsite Translation: Mandarin

Also available on Spotify.

Photo by Jamyang Zangpo

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