Friday, 16 August 2013


What is Zen Buddhism?
Zen is a school Mahayana Buddhism that focuses on seeing ones original mind through meditation as a way of enlightenment rather than scripture reading and spiritual worship.
Ever wondered going on a voyage to the “inner land” of true Zen, which you should not seek in Asia, but in yourself, because that’s where the longest, most wonderful of voyages takes place: the voyage of your life, when people say they have a Zen attitude, they often don’t know exactly what they mean. They don’t understand the real significance of the word Zen.

Influenced by fashion and advertising, it’s become common to hear people say things like “Just be Zen!”,
telling someone to be more Zen is often a superficial way of telling them to keep quiet. At best, it’s a polite way of asking someone to calm down when they get upset, or when they disagree with you.

But it’s often the person doing the asking who is incapable of adopting a Zen attitude, simply because they don’t know what real Zen is, aside from a vague idea that it’s an oriental philosophy belonging to the world of Buddhism.

Voyage To The Land of Zen Buddhism

This piece will make you understand that my goal isn’t to convert you to Buddhism, but simply to inform you about a spiritual practice, understood great principles of Love, compassion and tolerance by reading texts from traditions that are very different from your present perception. I’m not a Buddhist personally, but I find many of its principles in the great spiritual and magical lineages, which goes back to the time before Nostradamus.

It’s completely up to you whether you decide to practice Zen. It’s also up to you if you don’t. Whatever the case may be, if the wisdom imparted to you strikes a chord, it may inspire you even if you don’t want to become a Buddhist.This is otherwise called the universality of spiritual tradition, the fact that the same great principles of life are found, in one form or another, in all authentic traditions, religions, clairvoyance, spiritual paths and schools of magic.

To summarize, Zen appeared in China around the fifth Century A.D. under the name of Tch’an (there are various spellings of the word). It spread throughout Asia, principally in Vietnam, Korea and, above all, Japan, where it was given the name Zen, the Japanese translation of the original Chinese. These days, most people in the west have heard about the Zen tradition. Like Hinduism, it became popular in western countries in the 1960s, along with the propagation and popularization of other eastern traditions and religions. Knowledge was transmitted through young people coming back from the east, where they’d gone to find an antidote for western philosophy, which they found too individualistic, in a world simmering with tensions between the East (the USSR) and the West (the USA).

Since Zen is derived from Buddhism, it respects all Buddhist teachings and principles, such as devotion to the Buddha, the search for Enlightenment (the highest state of being one can attain), and most notably belief in the Law of Karma, which says that all our actions are joined together in an uninterrupted chain, and dictate our future, the principle of Karma states that positive acts lead to positive consequences, and negative acts result in negative consequences. The Law has nothing to do with a punitive moral code, nor is it meant to make people afraid. Its goal is to warn people about the consequences of their actions, using quasi-scientific logic to prove that the result of an action will be of the same nature as the action itself. If it’s negative, the result will be negative. If the act is positive, the result be positive too. It’s also called the Sequential Law of Cause and Effect. In a way, life is seen to be like a bicycle chain, made up of interdependent links all joined together.

The ultimate aim of Zen, as for all schools of Buddhism, is not to attain Enlightenment for one’s own sake, but uniquely for the benefit of all sentient beings. Buddhists cannot be satisfied unless they’ve helped a maximum number of people extricate themselves from their difficult conditions. Remember, this has nothing to do with conversion or propaganda. Buddhism is based on Compassion and Love. Even if you aren’t a Buddhist, you can be inspired by these principles to lead a better life, combat stress and disease, and discover your inner and/or extra-censorial capacities. A Buddhist wouldn’t try to convert you, or convince you he possesses the truth. Most of the time you wouldn’t even know someone is Buddhist! That’s because Buddhists live their teachings every day, and practice meditation, either in private or, in the case of Zen, at a Zen Center.
It would take much too long to tell you in detail about all the teachings and practices of Zen. You can easily find more information on the Internet, and in books and magazines.

1 comment:

florence ozioma said...

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, Concentrate on the present moment