Zen, A Better End to ‘The Game’: A careful study on Becket’s Endgame

Mojgan Abshavi, Seyed Hossein Sadat Hosseini Khajooee

Abstract


This study carries out an analysis of the play Endgame by Samuel Beckett through Zen, Meditation and Mindfulness practices. It achieves this goal by exploring how the playwright’s existentialism that ends up in ignorance can find a way out through meditation practices and can create hope for self-glorification and proper human relationships through Zen practices. This study claims that mere existential behavior produces despair, anxiety and hopelessness. Zen, Mindfulness and Meditation practices can reach man to the state of deathlessness from an existential life in death condition.

The way to open the source of great energy that can change the face of humanity for the better is discussed and thoughtful practices are explained in order to preserve man from Pain, anguish, facticity, choice, death, authenticity, forlornness, nothingness or non-being and despair which arise from existentialism.

Through effort and reconciliation, living mindfully, and being aware of the hindrances, and inviting happiness; enlightenment can be realized in the world. And man can better play ‘the game’.

 


Keywords


Zen, Mindfulness, Existentialism, Samuel Beckett, Endgame, Enlightenment, Self-glorification, deathlessness

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