Mindfulness and Philosophy

Mindfulness and Philosophy

Mindfulness, which also concurs with Buddhism is the central focus of my philosophy, also the bridge between neurons and thoughts. It is a life-long project, where I will keep studying mindfulness values and practising meditation, to further develop my philosophy of human minds. The long-term goal of practising philosophy is to embrace the diversity of human mind and maintain meaningful interactions between human minds.

Mindfulness is strongly relevant to my academic life, which can be summarized as follows:

  1. Develop intellecutal independence, see the essence of research: the relation between meaning and emptiness.
  2. Enable me to carry critical studies, which in reverse requires the skill of being non-judgmental.
  3. Advance my understanding of human intelligence when dealing with artificial intelligence (same word, but different meaning).
  4. Defend the proper academic values and fight against the academic malpractice and scientific sabotage.
  5. Defend the academic freedom: free mind.

Here is a quote from the book “The Power of Now” I strongly agree to:

The simple reason why the majority of scientists are not creative is not because they don’t know how to think but how to stop thinking.

Currently, I am co-organizing two events with my wife Joyce, to practice my philosophy.

  1. Mindfulness philosophy and meditation teaching. Meetup - Mindful Amsterdam
  2. Chinese talking event for non-Chinese speakers. Meetup - Talking in Chinese

More information about the philosophical values I am working on, please visit the website Mindiverse Mindfulness

Media Coverage

  1. PhD student teaches meditation and Chinese at the VU
  2. An image about Chinese talking event
Chao (Cico) Zhang
Thinker, Doer, Mindfulness Meditator, Mathematician, PhD Candidate

With mindfulness and philosophy, I relish thinking about the meaning of being and doing.


Some reflections on acamdemic misconduct and scientific sabotage from the recent #MeTooAcademia event at VU.

A reflection on the relation between being critical and being nonjudgmental.

A concise summary of my thoughts on doing a PhD and what necessitates a well-deserved PhD

Mindless academia serves the ego, mindful academia betters the world.