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Buddhism was founded by Siddhartha Gautama known as the Buddha the enlightened one in southern Nepal in the fifth and sixth centuries B C Buddhism teaches that meditation and the practice of good religious and moral behavior can lead to nirvanaThe teachings of the Buddha have to this day been passed down from teacher to student Around 475 AD one of these teachers Bodhidharma traveled from India to China and introduced the teachings of the Buddha there In China Buddhism mingled with Taoism The result of this mingling was the Chan School of Buddhism Around 1200 AD Chan Buddhism spread from China to Japan where it is called at least in translation Zen BuddhismZen is also known as Eastern Buddhism which is prominently in China Japan Korea and Vietnam Buddhism was initially accepted by the working class and then slowly became accepted in the ruling classes Buddhism flourished from the sixth century until the nineteen sixties when it was repressed in China during the Cultural Revolution Zen Buddhism spread into Canada in the nineteen nineties Buddhism has spread to all parts of the globe Zen has influenced Japan by infiltrating all classes of citizens What is the essence of Zen The question cuts right to the heart of the matter and can only be answered by you Perhaps the best answer is practice One of the central points of Zen is intuitive understanding As a result words and sentences have no fixed meaning and logic is often irrelevant Words have meaning only in relation to who is using them who they are talking to and what situation they are used in Some postings are indeed nonsense other postings appear to be nonsense at first but this is because the meaning is all between the lines Zen and poetry have gone hand in hand for centuriesMeditation is the key element in Zen The harder you work to achieve Zen the less likely you are to achieve
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