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Zen Buddhism – Gary Knapton – Manchester



Zen and Buddhism Gary Knapton Manchester from Eddy Jackson MBE on Vimeo.



[MUSIC PLAYING] Hi. I'm Gary Knapton, and I'm a Whole Life Design Consultant. And I'm from Manchester. 

I want to talk to you about three simple techniques that I use in order to get more out of life, and perform better, and be happier. And what I hope you'll take away from this is a way of dealing with difficult situations better, a way of being the best that you can be, even when no one's looking, and a way of extracting more meaning, and purpose, and value from life. 

Now, these techniques are based on an old Eastern philosophy of Zen Buddhism. And these are the three tenets. Number one is called an acceptance of responsibility. And number two is dedication to the truth. And number three is delaying gratification. 

Number one-- acceptance of responsibility. Everyone accepts that with power comes responsibility. So the prime minister has a responsibility to be a good leader. And your boss has power, and he's got a duty of care to his workers. If we flip that round, it means when I accept responsibility for things, I am empowered. 

Now, I'm going to apply this to negative, challenging feelings, because this is something we all struggle with-- feelings such as anxiety, and fear, and embarrassment, and stress, and worry. And we get these in everyday situations in life, such as job interviews, or going on dates, or resolving arguments with people, apologizing, or when we're in new situations, and we feel uncomfortable, and we feel like we don't belong. 

If I accept that I'm now responsible for my negative feelings, I'm now in charge. I'm in the driving seat. So I get to decide how these feelings affect me. And I'm going to lay down some new rules, such as all feelings are temporary and will die. Secondly, negative feelings are necessary for good things to follow. 

Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything away in your house so that new joy can find space to enter. These aren't my words. These are the words of an ancient Sufi mystic called Rumi, but this old truth is true today, right now. 

In life, we are flowing in water. We're in a river, and we're being carried by the current and the rapids. And what I am suggesting is by holding back on consuming quite as much, or delaying it and putting it off, we begin to swim upstream. And immediately, that gives me a sense of control, because I'm now in charge of the direction I'm going in. And I'm responsible for where I'm going to end up. 

I begin to understand where I begin and end and where the water begins and ends. And this infuses me with an immediate sense of value, and control, and liberty. And this gives me meaning in life. 

So these have been the three tenets of Buddhism that I apply. And they are number one, acceptance of responsibility; and number two, a dedication to the truth; and number three, delaying gratification. 

When I've done this, all the pressures that have been on me-- all those negative feelings suddenly don't matter anymore. They become less important to me. And I can deal with anything better. 

And what I innately do now is go head first more willingly, more eagerly into negative situations. I deal with them better, and I perform better in them, because I'm not distracted by all these anxieties. I can focus on the task at hand and get more out of it. 


Gary Knapton's, ex- Heckmondwike Grammar School and Oxford Brookes, career reflects the digital economy. This is about modern businesses trends and pressures.

Listen carefully to his lifestyle narrative. It is pragmatic, intellectual and reflective. It is your daily routine. Life as it is.

Compared to World's religious doctrines, the three tenets of Zen Buddhism are simple. The mantra is to work towards a better life.

It is much more than a romantic, utopian discourse. The tradition claims to be ‘outside words and letter.’  

Gary’s thoughtful language and blog captures daily social interactions:

Here is an interplay between natural emotions and linkage with deep thinking about religious insights expressed in clear English.

Listen to this short, four-minute Zen Buddhism video. Does the message sound familiar? Why? Is this your life?


Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video

Friends in the Forest of Dean and Redemption

 Lydney Cricket Club legend, Christine Kear, is the wife and mother of her talented foursome team players: husband and three sons. She knows the meaning of being a ‘cricket widow’ and looks well for it. 

I first met her husband, Andy Kear, at Shenstone New College forty years ago. We were the best of friends but where has the time gone? I have lived many lives and traveled the world but to what effect? 


I think I may have neglected some important things while working hard trying to be successful.

Do you work long hours? Live for employment? Watch out. It will catch up with you. 

Do not be like me in neglecting the quality of life by slaving long hours. What is the impact and outcomes on family and friends?

 Personal health and well-being are important.

Stress, pressure and working seven days a week harms. The mantra over these lost years was trying to make the world a better place. A tough budget and solving intractable complex issues was the rationale.

There are alternatives. In June walking along a jetty in the yacht marina at Lorient, I saw a desirable tee shirt with the motif, ‘Sail More. Work Less.’ 

It’s too late now. I think Carol King sang about that in the 1960’s. 


Now here is the rub. Catching up with Andy and Christine Kear last week in the Forest of Dean was my salvation. A dazzling epiphany led to a personal redemption. New realisations came from this reunion. Now it is going to be more sailing and less work.

Friendship like team spirit, ethos and excellent morale in winning organisations involves:


Shared, common values,



Honesty and

Good communication.

Neglect these at your peril. Friends are important. Have you got anything to add?Owld-Butty

Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video

Skiddaw Lake District Wheel Chair Ascent




Tom Green of Lancaster is training hard for a heroic ascent of the iconic Skiddaw mountain in the North Lakes:


A sophisticated networker with a can-do, get up and go attitude, Tom has linked up with some of the best organisations in the region: Bendrigg Lodge, the Calvert Trust and Lancaster University to support his daring bid. 


Disability Wheelchair Skiddaw Challenge from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.

I caught up with Tom and his father, Peter Green, on a wet August morning orienteering just south of Skiddaw at the Calvert Trust.  

The family and carers are strong advocates in encouraging hard work, self-reliance and independence. Tom is not the sort of person who sits around waiting for things to happen. His drive, enthusiasm and great personality have helped deliver a range of successful outdoor charity fundraising events.   

A powerful driver that has facilitated engagement with the wider community is his Lancashire County Council care package. Despite having the capability and potential, Tom is frustrated by the lack of engagement by national brand names employers to offer real work opportunities. What is happening here? 

Lancaster Man's Wheelchair Skiddaw Challenge from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.


How can a person who has raised thousands of pounds for charities by planning, coordinating and participating be prevented from achieving meaningful employment 

 While in full-time education at Blackpool’s famous Highfurlong School, Tom helped create their new motto, Inspire, Challenge, and Belief, with the strapline; ‘We Will, We Can, We Do.’

Tom Green That's Lancashire TV from Eddy Jackson on Vimeo.


The heritage of commitment and endeavour is part of Tom’s DNA. As a teenager, he represented his school at regional and national games. Adventurous outdoor activities are his oxygen, and the motivation is experiencing the thrill.

Tom needs a full-time employment opportunity. I guarantee you; he and his carer will succeed and be successful if there was a chance. Can you help?


Eddy Jackson | Shreditor | 54° North Video