What is Zen?


Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism and originated in China during the 6th century as Chán. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, to Korea and east to Japan.

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Superbuddha - Practice - Meditation - Zen
... Zen Buddhism (禅), pronounced Chán in Chinese, seon in Korean or zen in Japanese (derived from the Sanskrit term dhyāna, meaning "meditation") is a form of Buddhism that ... Zen places less emphasis on scriptures than some other forms of Buddhism and prefers to focus on direct spiritual breakthroughs to truth ... Zen Buddhism is divided into two main schools Rinzai (臨済宗) and Sōtō (曹洞宗), the former greatly favouring the use in meditation on the koan (公案, a meditative riddle or puzzle ...
Zen Narratives - Historical and Cultural Criticism (HCC) - Zen and World War II
... Japanese Zen organisations supported Japanese nationalism and its endeavours during the Pacific War ... in the Western world by Brian Victoria in his groundbreaking study Zen at War, though in Japan this was already more common knowledge ...
Shasta Abbey
... Shasta Abbey is a Zen Buddhist Monastery, established in 1970 by Houn Jiyu-Kennett in Mount Shasta, California, in the United States ... the shikan-taza ("serene reflection") meditation method of the Sōtō Zen school ... Among these are works of Soto Zen patriarchs Dogen Kigen Zenji (Shōbōgenzō) and Keizan Jokin Zenji (Denkoroku) ...
Medusa (novel) - Plot
... political rivals in the run-up to a cabinet change, the Ministry of the Interior puts Aurelio Zen onto the case ... than the methodical application of the police process Zen takes short cuts with the latter and arrives at the solution in a rush ... Novels by Michael Dibdin Aurelio Zen series Ratking (1988) Vendetta (1990) Cabal (1992) Dead Lagoon (1994) Cosi Fan Tutti (1996) A Long Finish (1998) Blood Rain (1999) And Then You Die (2002) Medusa (200 ...
Laurence Boldt
1954) is the author of Zen and the Art of Making a Living, Zen Soup, The Tao of Abundance and How to Find the Work You Love ... His books are a hybrid between Eastern religious principles (Taoism, Zen) and pragmatic Western problem solving ...

More definitions of "Zen":

  • (noun): School of Mahayana Buddhism asserting that enlightenment can come through meditation and intuition rather than faith; China and Japan.
    Synonyms: Zen Buddhism
  • (noun): A Buddhist doctrine that enlightenment can be attained through direct intuitive insight.
    Synonyms: Zen Buddhism

Famous quotes containing the word zen:

    Zen ... does not confuse spirituality with thinking about God while one is peeling potatoes. Zen spirituality is just to peel the potatoes.
    Alan Watts (1915–1973)