Colin Hankin [chankin1937] was born in 1937.  He started meditating  in his late teens and, through reading  Aldous Huxley’s “The Perennial Philosophy”, soon  discovered Zen. In 1965 he had Satori – a fleeting but direct insight into the underlying nature of his own mind

            Since then he has been attempting to understand theoretically and benefit practically from knowing what happiness is at the most elementary and basic level. This website is the result of those enterprises.

              He has been motivated in undertaking such a task by the conviction that every manifestation of matter in our world has developed, mutated or evolved from the gases of the interstellar void. For that reason every such manifestation must necessarily yield the secrets of its history to the enquiring mind - eventually - right back (in theory) to the clouds of interstellar matter from which it originated.

Everything that exists in our world today is the result of such development, mutation and evolution. This category includes our central nervous system, the mind of man and its corollary happiness.

              During the progress of this work he made a most surprising discovery. We are all only too well aware  that we have to learn how to walk and talk but you will probably not realise that we also have to learn how to be happy; the discovery is that “how to be happy” is not something that is intuitive. This is so because  we have made the quite understandable mistake of believing that intellectual effort - everyday thinking - is an end in itself when it is actually only a means to an end. This error results in our allowing thoughts to tyrannise our minds.  The greatest benefit to be gained from 21st Century Zen is that it gives the student of Zen a clear, logical, penetrating understanding of what peace-of-mind is.  But, in meditation, he is warned to abandon this understanding along with any others  he might have.

              For twenty years he hosted a website “The Theory of Meditation” which closed down in 2016. This is its much shorter replacement. It presents Zen in a new, rational light, grounding it in the real world and linking it to real feelings already present in the mind of man.


Colin Hankin [chankin1937] was born in 1937. He started meditating in his late teens and, through reading Aldous Huxley’s “The Perennial Philosophy”, soon discovered Zen.