As a composer, I am enchanted by the coming together of Western and Eastern cultures. While there are plenty of similarities between East and West, there are striking differences too. While Western thinking is characterized by rationalizing, analysing and classifying, Eastern thinking (by which I specifically mean Japanese Zen Buddhism) is characterized by quite the opposite: engagement in all practical daily experiences in the simplest form. In short, Zen strives for enlightenment or ultimate freedom of the mind. Without intellectually conceptualizing and rationalizing, things and reality can become themselves instead of abstractions, concepts, categories or representations. Things are not problematized, things are not discriminated against, and things are not dualized. If things are themselves and not excluded, the possibilities are endless. Generally, Western thinking tends toward exclusion, while Eastern tends toward inclusion.