The Essential Features Of Zen

The main emphasis of zen is on the direct experience of our original or Buddha nature. The scriptures and abstract theories of religion are of no help in self-realization. Zen was founded by Bodhidharma .

The Japanese word zen isderived from the Chinese word Chán, taken from the Sanskrit word dhyana (meditation).

The main emphasis of zen is on the direct experience of our original or Buddha nature. The scriptures and abstract theories of religion are of no help in self-realization. Zen was founded by Bodhidharma .

The main characteristics of zen are: zazen (sitting meditation), walking meditation, understanding paradoxical koans (story or

dialogue).“The infinite is in the finite of every instant” (zen proverb). Nobel Laureate Samuel Beckett’s remark-“Nothing is more real than nothing” gives us the clue to know the essence of zen.

The Zen followers say: “Just be stll and know.” This will increase awareness

of the present moment. This reduces stress and tension.

Zen leads to eternal life. Bodhidharma, the founder of Zen in China in the vth century, taught the practice of “wall-gazing.” A Zen monk remarks: “I do nothing. I just sit empty and that’s all I do.”

The practice of zazen or seated meditation is indispensable for attaining salvation. Bodhidharma did zazen in cave for nine years. “For thirty years I did zazen continuously except for two meal periods. Ryokan aptly says:

I don’t know others

Others don’t know me

By not knowing we follow nature’s course.



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peter09 is a blogger at Expertscolumn.com

Last updated on 25-07-2016 149 0

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