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It's essentially a state of being at peace with your own thoughts, and being self-aware of your place within the universe, inconsequential (and simultaneously essential).
The word Zen is both the acceptance of everything and nothing, the realization that Zen encompasses and is encompassed by everything. It also centers on a relationship with your own mind, and a higher, undefined entity outside of yourself.
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The most common ways are sitting meditation (Zazen) and walking meditation (Kinhin), where direct noninteractive observation of breath and mind is practiced. The ideal scenario is to clear your mind and allow thoughts to organically rise and fall, without interacting or affecting them in any way....
There is no formal practice or set routine that people must practice to achieve the enlightenment that Zen aims for. Zen Buddhists and practitioners focus on breaking through the boundaries of traditional thought and behavior to witness the world as it truly is.
The moment of this “breakthr...
Due to the wide variety of practice methods, and the westernization of the term Zen, thanks to popular fiction and cultural figures, many people aren’t quite sure what Zen means.
Nonetheless, the continual evolution of Zen, as well as its practice and impact, is due to the vague and persona...
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Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything. A true spiritual path does not tell people what to believe in; rather it shows them how to think; or, in the case of Zen - what not to think.
Zen Buddhism, like a taste...
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“We teach ourselves; Zen merely points the way.” — D. T. Suzuki
“The basic idea of Zen is to come in touch with the inner workings of our being, and to do so in the most direct way possible, without resorting to anything external.” — D. T. Suzuki
“Emotionally we have many problems, bu...
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