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Zen Buddhisms trek through history politics and AmericaZen or Zenno as it is known by the Japanese word from which it derives is themost common form of Buddhism practiced in the world today All types of people fromintellectuals to celebrities refer to themselves as Buddhist but despite its popularitytoday in America it has had a long history throughout the worldHere none think of wealth or fame All talk of right and wrong is quelled In Autumn I rake the leaf-banked stream In spring attend the nightingale A Zen-person through and through I let the spring breeze enter at the gate-Daigu 1584-1669 Rinzai DailyZenZen Buddhisms history begins where Buddhisms history began It originated onthe continent of Asia around 500 BC The founder of Buddhism Gotama Siddhattha aformer price in what is now known as India is known as The Buddha which roughlytranslates to one who is awake Merit 102 At the age of twenty-nine deeply troubled by the suffering he saw around him he renounced his privileged life to seekunderstanding After six years of struggling as an ascetic he finally achievedenlightenment at age thirty-five DailyZen In 475 AD a Buddhist teacherBodhidharma traveled to China and introduced the teachings of Buddha there In ChinaBuddhism mixed with Taoism and the result was the Chan School of Buddhism andfrom there Chan spread to Japan where it is called Zen Buddhism DailyZen TheBuddhist Religion has always been passed down from teacher to student and through theuse of books and sacred works such as the Malind-panha Pali Tipitaka and the Pitakaseries Merit 102 These books and teachers taught students of the religion theThey taught of Satori or enlightenment which is the main goal of the ZenBuddhist which is to achieve peace of mind despite external turmoil Archer ninety-six One way to reach enlightenment is through meditation Zaren is sitting in meditativeabsorption as the shortest yet most steep way to reaching enlightenment Zen 233 TheBuddhists stressed the fact that existence
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