Zen Buddhism

A sect of Buddhism that focuses on sitting meditation and enlightenment through silence.

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How did the Buddha say people should live and what guidelines did he offer?

The Buddha said that we should live compassionate, moral lives. He defined this by the Five Precepts; which are

1) 1) Abstain from harming any living (sentient) beings

2) 2) Abstain from taking things not freely given (no stealing)

3) 3) Abstain from sexual misconduct.

4) 4) Abstain from speaking falsely about someone, idle chatter and gossip

5) 5) Abstain from taking intoxicants, which leads to heedlessness.

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How many times a day do Buddhists pray?

To "pray" you have to have a deity to pray to. Buddhism has no deities so Buddhists never pray. They do meet together to receive teachings, sermons, chant, think, meditate, reflects, remember. They do this as often as local cusom dictates, schedules permit, personal desires require, or never.

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Religious leader of Buddhism?

Siddhartha Gautama is the religious founder or leader of the religion Buddhism. In that sense he is the leader. As far as a living leader of all Buddhists, there is none. Like Christianity each sect has their own hierarchy and leaders.

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True about Buddhist meditation?

Meditation is critical work on the path to enlightenment.

Right concentration is reached through meditation.

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What are the tenants of Buddhism?

Buddhism has no tenants if the word "tenants" is taken to mean "beliefs that make up a creed." There is no Buddhist creed.

It's better to think of Buddhism as a set of practices designed to ameliorate suffering. The only belief required to practice is the belief that practice might be beneficial--otherwise, there would be no point in practicing.

On the other hand, Buddhist practices occur in a certain context. The Buddha himself articulated Four Noble Truths, namely, suffering (dukkha) is real, suffering is caused, suffering can cease if we stop doing what is causing suffering, and there is a way or path that leads to refraining from doing those things that cause us to suffer.

Additionally, that way is the Noble Eightfold Path of right view, right thinking, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right diligence, right mindfulness, and right concentration.

Still, the Buddha did not want his followers to attach themselves to any belief or set of beliefs. He wanted his followers to find the way for themselves by practicing as he suggested.

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What is bodhidharma DNA?

That is impossible to say. There are no contemporary Indian records on his life. All we know about him comes from those of China. The records conflict with one another--they state he is Persian or from various areas of India. Plus, there is no way of knowing where he was buried. This means that scientific genetic testing cannot be performed.This is a history in chen , japan & endoneshia is the best aplicate in science ?

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How did followers of Zen Buddhism discipline their bodies through?

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Why is the sangha important to Buddhists?

One View:

Sangha is important to Buddhistst since sangha refers to our companions on the Buddhist path. These companions can be people that are on the path with us and it can also refer to the community of ordained monks and nuns.

Sangha is also important in terms of the refuge practice, which is often described as

the entrance to Buddhism. In this practice, we take refuge to Buddha, Dharma and the Noble Sangha. This means that we accept the Buddha as our guide, we follow the Dharma (teachings of the Buddha) as the path, and accept the Sangha as our companions. According to the Mahayana, in this context Sangha refers to beings who are already very advanced on the Buddhist path, i.e. who are on the path of seeing and beyond, which means that they are already liberated from Samsara.

Another View:

Sangha Day is the second most important Buddhist festival. It is a celebration in honour of the Sangha, or the Buddhist community. For some Buddhists Sangha refers only to monks and nuns. It is a chance for people to reaffirm their commitment to Buddhist practices and traditions. So Sangha is important to Buddhists because it's a chance for people to commit to Buddhist practice and traditions.

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How do Buddhists treat their holy book?

Buddhism has no "holy" book as that would imply iit was deity-given, Buddhism has no deity.

However books can be revered because of who wrote them, when they were written, who owned them, for their aesthetic beauty, as repositories of knowledge, as resource material, or as antiques or relics. As consequence a Buddhists copy of the Diamond Sutra might be treated as well as the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

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Is koan a verbal mantra?

A koan is a question or statement usually associated with Zen Buddhist practice posed to lead a student to comprehend without thinking. A mantra is a chant, prayer or Vedic hymn (all terms approximate) which is repeated multiple times to facilitate a state of mind usually as part of meditative practices. Mantra should not be confused with mandala a symbolic geometric drawing. A mantra is in some ways a verbal mandala.

The term "koan" is from the Chinese kung-an, which literally means "public cases." Koans in zen training are enigmatic expressions that have come down from centuries of dialogues between masters and their students.

Koans are thought of in two ways: as verbal tools to bring about spiritual awakening and as expressions of the awakened minds of masters.

Koans are verbal signposts or pointers. Taken in isolation, they make no sense. The conceptual contradictions are useful in assisting trainees is going beyond mere conceptual thinking to awareness of the totality of what-is.

There are different kinds of koans. A good introduction is THE KOAN edited by S. Heine and D. S. Wright.

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Why would many samurai be attracted to Zen Buddhism?

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What does the sand represent in a zen garden?

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How are martial arts and meditation connected to Zen Buddhism and principle of self-control?

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How was the middle way created?

The Middle Way was not created it was observed and commented on. The Buddha lived alive o easy and later the life of an aesthete. neither helped him to be free of pain. He reasoned that somewhere between the two extremes one could be comfortable enough to think on important matters (not just how painful it was to always be hungry and cold) and yet not so loaded down with physical pleasures that there was no time to think - the Middle Way.

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What is a zen garden and how do the samurial use them?

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How did Zen Budhism impact the thinking of the samurai?

Samurai, the feudal warriors of Japan, were separated from all other warriors throughout history in that they feared absolutely nothing and once committed they followed through without hesitation.
They had an inherent understanding of life and death as two entities of the same cycle, and through this, they achieved the courage to fight no matter what. A true samurai could never be intimidated. He never feared an opponent, and he longed for the day he died on the battlefield.
Zen Buddhism taught that Buddha Nature is nothing but the pure nature of the mind itself. Zen practitioners strive to realise sunyata, or beauty and fulfillment in emptiness. This may seem paradoxical, but the essence of Zen Buddhism is to find it.
In short, Samurai preferred Zen Buddhism because it enabled them to find themselves, and in doing so, eliminate fear.

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What was the name of the a Zen Buddhist puzzle?

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What is Zen Gardening?

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What kind of keywords do you imagine with The sound of Japanese nature like river rain forest etc. Does the word Zen match it?

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Why are there zen gardens?

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Who is the Buddhist profit?

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Why did zen Buddhism appeal to a samurai?

Zen Buddhism is exemplified by an instantaneous appreciation of the facts of a situation and the immediate identification and initiation of an appropriate response. These are skills required of a group whose main activity is sword fighting. In addition the response decided on is free from moral second guessing. Again a response desirable for a warrior committed to participating in significant amounts of killing oponents.

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What is the name of zen Buddhist puzzle?

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What ritual is key to Zen Buddhism?

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What feature distinguished zen gardens from other Japanese gardens?

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