Has David ever actually talked about Zen?
The word "Zen" is often slapped wherever the word GTD is used.
It's been said many times, for example, that GTD will have you reach a Zen-like state of mind.
David Allen talks about "Mind Like Water", a simile he borrowed from karate. While Zen and karate are both Eastern things, they're not the same stuff. And if he says Mind Like Water, what he's saying is, well, Mind Like Water, not "Zen-like state of mind". Maybe you believe that they're two very similar concepts, and you're entitled to that opinion, but it's still Mind Like Water, not Zen-like state of mind.
Now, has David Allen ever actually used the word "Zen" somewhere when referring to his methodology, or is it a term that only OTHER PEOPLE, reviewers, bloggers, offshooters (Leo Babauta comes to mind here), and the like, have attached to GTD?
You know how many times the word "Zen" occurs in the book "Getting Things Done"? None.
BTW, here's an interesting article: http://www.martialdevelopment.com/bl...ster-hsuan-hua