What is Zen?

The word Zen is derived from the Sanskrit word Dhyana, meaning "Meditation".

Zen emphasizes the pursuit of one’s Dharma and the accumulation of wisdom through experience as opposed to religious theologies and dogmatism, by practising peaceful meditation. The objective is the attainment of awakening.

Historically, the establishment of Zen is generally credited to an Indian prince turned monk Bodhidharma, who traveled to China to teach a "special transmission outside scriptures" which "did not stand upon words".

Meanwhile, the origin of Zen is traditionally traced to the Flower Sermon, wherein Gautama Buddha gathered his disciples for a talk. When they have gathered, Buddha maintained complete silence and instead held up a lotus flower.

Thus, through Zen, wisdom is gathered and passed not through words but through direct experience.

Bodhidharma said, in his Bloodstream Sermon – "If you use your mind to look for a Buddha, you won’t see the Buddha. As long as you look for a Buddha somewhere else, you’ll never see that your own mind is the Buddha. Don’t use a Buddha to worship a Buddha, and don’t use the mind to invoke a Buddha."

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