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Zen Buddhism

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Julie Cabrera

on 13 January 2015

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Zen Buddhism
By: Julie Cabrera and Ricardo Gomez
What Is It?
Zen means "meditation" and is also defined as " a direct transmission of awakened consciousness, outside tradition and outside scripture". The main goal of "zen" is to naturally reach enlightenment by the ability to completely clear your mind.
Thank you!
When and Where?
Began during the 12th and 13th century in Japan and China, after being brought there by an Indian monk named Bodhidharma.
During the 1950's and 1960's the idea of "zen culture" became popular especially amongst the Beat poets. (as seen in Dharma Bums)
Some of its key figures:
and bodhidharma.

The 2 types: Rinzai
started in Japan in the 12th century
introduced Zen view that the world is an illusion and reality is a simple and indivisible unity.
no oral teaching, tradition of meditation passed own from teacher to pupil (only practiced under guidance)
Koans: unanswerable questions that shatter conventional thinking
The 2 types: Soto
started in Japan during the 13th century
based on "Zazen" or sitting meditation
more gradual process of enlightenment
involves sitting periods in an upright ,crooss-legged position and facing a blank wall, also combined with reflective walking or "kinkhin".
goal of meditation: being enlightened
"A person does not sit in order to become enlightened;in the act of sitting that person is already enlightened"
clearing away the illusion of a seperate self is enlightenment
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