Trying to explain or define Zen Buddhism, by reducing it to a book, to a few definitions, or to a website is illusion. Defining Zen is like trying to describe the taste of honey to someone who has never tasted it before. The same goes with Zen, because Zen Buddhism is a practice that needs to be experienced, not a concept that you can intellectualize or understand with your brain.
Zen Buddhism is, first and foremost, a practice that was uninterruptedly transmitted from master to disciple, and that goes back to the Enligntenment of a man named Siddharta Gautama (Shakyamuni Gotama in Japanese) - The Buddha - 2500 years ago in India.


Zen is Zazen or Zen meditation (za meaning sitting, and Zen meaning meditation in Japanese), or seated meditation. Zen is not a moral teaching, and as it is without dogma, it does not require one to believe in anything. Zen Buddhism is not interested in metaphysical theories and rituals, and focuses entirely on the practice of Zazen. The information that we'll give here won't cover all of what of Zen is, but is a starting point to the Zen experience.


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. We cannot intellectually grasp Zen, because human intelligence and wisdom is too limited- the dojo (the hall where Zazen is practiced) is different from the university.



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