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The Art of Zen Meditation

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  1. Introduction
  2. Enlightenment and the proper posture
  3. Phases of Zen Meditation
  4. The expression of the bows
  5. Conclusion

Zen Buddhism is the practice of meditation Buddhism that had its greatest development and success in China. Known as Chan in Chinese and dhyana in Sanskrit, Zen has often been translated to mean meditation. Its ultimate goal, Shunyata an empty, zero state, called Buddha nature must be obtained to reach enlightenment. Though many followers believe Shunyata can be acquired by anyone through spontaneous, direct intuition, others believe that this sudden awareness is impossible to achieve. The Northern sect of the Buddhist school, Chan1, calls for a gradual attainment of enlightenment contradicting the insistence on sudden enlightenment of the Southern sect. Despite these differences, Zen Buddhism has become a very powerful force in the lives of many. Its basis bears teachings that can be seen as a lifestyle as opposed to a religion, since it is very meditative and devotional, rather than scriptural.

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