Zen Buddhism

What is the difference between Buddhism and Zen Buddhism?



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  • Zen is a Chinese form of Buddhism from the Mahayana sect that focuses less on theoretical knowledge and textual study and more on direct experience. It was influenced by Taoism.
  • Zen Buddhism is just one sect of Buddhism. Buddhism has many ways of practicing the same faith. Zen Buddhism just focuses more on the medatation.
  • When Buddhism was introduced to China, the contact with Taoists produced this synthesis.