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Zen Buddhism originated in the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama Around 500 BC he was a prince in what is India When he was in 20s he was finally exposed to the laypeople outside the castle walls Deeply troubled by the suffering he saw around him he renounced his privileged life to seek enlightenment After 6 years of struggling as an ascetic he finally achieved Enlightenment as he meditated under the Bodhi tree wisdom tree After this he was known as the Buddha meaning one who is awake Buddha realized that everything is subject to change and that suffering and discontentment are the result of attachment to circumstances and things that by their nature are impermanent By getting rid of these things including attachment to the false notion of self or I one can be free of suffering The teachings of the Buddha have 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 combination was Zen Buddhism Many people including our author Janwillem van de Wetering go to monasterys to study the religion of Zen Buddhism The basic practice of Zen Buddhism is that of meditation Bodhidharma used call this practice just sitting zazen Another form of practice also became popular however Stories or questions that had arisen in the tradition could themselves become the objects of meditation These were called kan a term that originally meant a judges table and which came to mean court cases So in meditation one can consider cases To begin meditation one might be asked a question by the master The student may give several simple answers back All the answers given however reasonable will only earn a beating from the Zen master The point of all such kans is that there is no answer The negation applies to the
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