Understanding Zen Buddhism

Zen Buddhism combines elements of Taoism and Indian Mahayana. While people remain divided on whether all of Buddhism constitutes religion or philosophy, in this context Zen could be considered a school of Buddhism. This belief system was born in China and started approximately 15 centuries ago.

Its roots began to emerge when Bodhidhara, an Indian monk who lived approximately from 470 to 543, taught at the Shaolin Monastery. Zen Buddhism progressed into Vietnam and Korea in the 7th century and to Japan in the 12th century, before becoming popular in the West in the 1950s. Daisetz Teitaro Suzuki, a Japanese …

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