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       What is Zen?

       Zen is Japanese for meditation, as is the Chinese word Ch'an. It is a form of Buddhism which
       mainly focuses on meditation as means for attaining enlightenment. The teachings and practices
       of Zen are directed toward self-realization (realizing the true nature of the mind), and, during
       meditation, all dualistic distinctions, such as I/you, subject/object are eliminated. Zen stresses
       the uselessness of ritual religious practices for the attainment of enlightenment, and has been
       described as "watching the mind," and "a study of the self." Click here for descriptions of
       other forms of Buddhism.

       Zazen

       Zen teaches the practice of zazen, sitting in meditative absorption as the shortest, yet also
       steepest path to enlightenment. Unlike many other forms of meditation, the aim of zazen is
       not to concentrate the mind on a specific object, but to point the mind toward liberation from
       all mental habits. During zazen, discursive thinking decreases, and the mind becomes stilled, like
       a clear pool of water. It is said that, during zazen, one experiences unordinary physical sensations
       and visual perceptions. However, the aim of zazen is not to chase after these experiences which
       arise during various stages of progress. The aim of zazen is to exist in the true nature of the mind,
       in which distinguishments between "I" and "not-I" no longer exist.

 
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