Zen Buddhism

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

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Is Buddhism a religion or a philosophy?

Buddhism is a Philosophy. That is the reason why people of all faiths and no faiths practices it.

It depends on how you define religion. Zen Buddhism was first introduced to the U.S. at the World Parliament of Religions in Chicago 1893; for the last 40 years it has been introduced in College Comparative Religion courses as a World Religion via the Huston Smith book, The World's Religions and it is legally protected as a religion in this country.

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What is the relationship with god in Buddhism?

There is no god specific to Buddhism. However, Buddhism states that you may believe whatever god you wish. One of the realms of Buddhism is the Gods realm, where souls are incarnated as gods.

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Is Buddhism one religion or many?

what do you mean by one religion or many? Some Buddhists have different beliefs but its only one religion called Buddhism. it has many branches or denominations like christians but its still one religion.

Buddhism is basically one religion but various sects some worship the idol others believe in the writings and some see it as life philosphy--------To call Buddhism a religion fails the goal. Religion requiers believing, example one god in Islam or chritianety. There is no god in Buddhism to belive in. Buddhism is more a way to follow. So it is better to call it a philosophy, because who knows, has not to belive. Buddhism is continuos collecting knowledge by understanding this world of phenomenas which are confusig the mind. Buddha was a real person who developed enlightnement out of himself. Thereafter he tought this way to his diciples. At least all followers of Buddha try to go his way. How to acchieve this goal may have different options which occure in various ways. Lama (teacher) says: different practice but it is all the same! --- 'hope my English is understandable, if not sorry, I'm German

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What is duality in Buddhist meditation?

Duality is the concept of opposites. A few examples: day and night; dark and light; up and down; love and hate. Most of us live in the world of duality. However, it is possible, through a regular practice of meditation, to transcend duality and find a state of consciousness beyond it.

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What is Zen?

Answer"Zen" means meditation in Japanese.

"Buddha" means "Awakened one" or "Enlightened One" in Sanskrit and Pali.

Buddhism is the way to awakening or enlightenment.

Zen Buddhism is a way to awakening or enlightenment that is centered in the practice of meditation.

Here, if you are new to Zen, your mind is already asking What is awakening or enlightenment? It will not be until you have traveled the path of Zen practice that you will begin to realize why this question is about an experience that is beyond all answering. Even the label "experience" does more to hide than reveal.

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  • A sect of Buddhist philosophy popular in north America and Japan.
  • Zen is the practice of forgetting the individual self. In forgetting the individual self, you are free, and become enlightened.
  • More zen precise answer: zen is zen is zen is zen is ...
  • Zen means the real you in the right now. Do your duty without attachment and without reservation or obsession.
  • The absurd practice of trying to become who you already are.
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What are the practices of Buddhism?

Alms without return, Precepts with Metta, Meditation

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How is the Dali Lama chosen....?

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This is not a complete answer, but, taken from the Dali Lama's website, it seems part of the story - at least relative to how the current Dalai Lama was chosen.

When Lhamo Thondup was barely three years old, a search party that had been sent out by the Tibetan government to find the new incarnation of the Dalai Lama arrived at Kumbum monastery. It had been led there by a number of signs. One of these concerned the embalmed body of his predecessor, Thupten Gyatso, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, who had died aged fifty seven in 1933. During its period of sitting in state, the head was discovered to have turned from facing south to northeast. Shortly after that the Regent, himself a senior lama, had a vision. Looking into the waters of the sacred lake, Lhamo Lhatso, in southern Tibet, he clearly saw the Tibetan letters Ah, Ka and Ma float into view. These were followed by the image of a three storied monastery with a turquoise and gold roof and a path running from it to a hill. Finally, he saw a small house with strangely shaped guttering. He was sure that the letter Ah referred to Amdo, the northeastern province, so it was there that the search party was sent.

By the time they reached Kumbum, the members of the search party felt that they were on the right track. It seemed likely that if the letter Ah referred to Amdo, then Ka must indicate the monastery at Kumbum, which was indeed three storied and turquoise roofed. They now only needed to locate a hill and a house with peculiar guttering. So they began to search the neighbouring villages. When they saw the gnarled branches of juniper wood on the roof of the His Holiness parents house, they were certain that the new Dalai Lama would not be far away. Nevertheless, rather than reveal the purpose of their visit, the group asked only to stay the night. The leader of the party, Kewtsang Rinpoche, then pretended to be a servant and spent much of the evening observing and playing with the youngest child in the house.

The child recognised him and called out Sera lama, Sera lama. Sera was Kewtsang Rinpoche's monastery. The next day they left only to return a few days later as a formal deputation. This time they brought with them a number of things that had belonged to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama, together with several similar items that did not. In every case, the infant correctly identified those belonging to the Thirteenth Dalai Lama saying, Its mine. Its mine. This more or less convinced the search party that they had found the new incarnation. It was not long before the boy from Taktser was acknowledged to be the new Dalai Lama. The boy Lhamo Thondup was first taken to Kumbum monastery.

From the Dalai Lama's Site:

http://www.Tibet.com/DL/discovery.HTML

Discovery of His Holiness 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama was born in a peasant family on July 6th, 1935, in a small village called Taktser in north eastern Tibet. His Holiness was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of his predecessor the 13th Dalai Lama.

When the 13th Dalai Lama passed away in 1935, the task that confronted the Tibetan Government was not simply to appoint a successor but to search for and discover a child in whom the Buddha of Compassion would incarnate.

In 1935 the Regent of Tibet went to the sacred lake of Lhamo Lhatso at Chokhorgyal, about 90 miles south east of Lhasa, the capital of Tibet. For centuries the Tibetans had observed that visions of the future could be seen in this lake. The Regent had a vision of three Tibetan letters, Ah, Ka, and Ma, followed by a picture of a monastery with roofs of jade green and gold, and a house with turquoise tiles. In 1937 high lamas and dignitaries carrying the secrets of the vision were sent to all parts of Tibet in search of the place that the Regent had seen in the waters. The search party that headed east was under the leadership of Lama Kewtsang Rinpoche of Sera Monastery. When they arrived in Amdo, they found a place matching the description of the secret vision. The party went to the house with Kewtsang Rinpoche disguised as the servant, and junior official Lobsang Tsewang disguised as the leader. The Rinpoche was wearing a rosary that had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama, and the little boy of the house recognised it and demanded that it be given to him. Kewtsang Rinpoche promised to give it to him if he could guess who he was, and the boy replied that he was "Sera aga", which means in the local dialect "a lama of Sera". Then the Rinpoche asked who the leader was and the boy gave his name correctly; he also knew the name of the real servant. This was followed by a series of tests that included the choosing of correct articles that had belonged to the 13th Dalai Lama.

With these tests they were further convinced that the reincarnation had been found and their conviction was enhanced by the significance of the three letters that had been seen in the lake of Lhamo Lhatso: Ah could stand for Amdo, the name of the province; Ka for Kumbum, one of the largest monasteries in the neighbourhood; and the two letters Ka and Ma for the monastery of Karma Rolpai Dorje on the mountain above the village. In 1940 the XIVth Dalai Lama was enthroned.

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What do you call a person who believes only what he sees?

A person that only believes what he/she sees cannot rule out the possibility of seeing God in the future and would probably be called agnostic. == == You could refer to such a person as a skeptic. A skeptic is one who is likely to question very many things. A person who does not believe in the supernatural, but only believes what can be proven is a Bright.

Here is probably what you are looking for:

em·pir·i·cism or em·pir·i·cist n. # The view that experience, especially of the senses, is the only source of knowledge. # ## Employment of empirical methods, as in science. ## An empirical conclusion. # The practice of medicine that disregards scientific theory and relies solely on practical experience.

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How many people practice Buddhism?

Estimates vary widely. Typically they range from 300 to 500 million people. The highest estimate is about 1.2 to 1.6 billion people. The data is difficult to determine as practices in high population countries such as China which discourage religious activities are not available.

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What are the sacred writings of Buddhists?

  • I think the answer you are looking for is "Sutras"...there are several. However, they are not sacred or holy as Judeo-Christian religions treat their books. A Buddhist may read some of them - the Dhammapada (Sayings of the Buddha) is good. But other sutras are quite long and heady (definately not considered required reading).
  • There is no single scripture that is similar to the BIBLE in Christiantiy or to THE KORAN in Islam. The reason is that there is no creed of religious beliefs in Buddhism, and, so, there is no need for a scripture that contains a creed. It's more accurate to think of Buddhism as a set of practices. In Zen Buddhism there is nothing supernatural. There is no God concept. There is an extensive literature of teachings that have been passed down through the centuries. Some followers of the Buddha have made some of them into religions, but that was not the Buddha's intention.

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Who is Buddhism's main god?

their is no god in Buddhism just the holy book.

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What lands did Buddhism spread into?

It was spread. Asoka because he decided to relieve suffering rather than cro cause it. He sent Buddishm to China and Egypt.

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Who is Bodhidharma?

He was the Buddhist monk who is credited with introducing Zen Buddhism to China.

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Does Buddhism have a holy place?

AnswerYes,Buddhism has a holy place in nepal. It is the SWAYAMBHU NATH TEMPLE in Kathmandu,the capital of Nepal. You have asked for one, so only one .
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If everything about life seems so pointless should you become a Buddhist monk?

I really doubt it. Buddhists see a great deal of purpose in life and they are not likely to welcome you with open arms if you tell them you can't think of anything better to do. If you feel that you believe in nothing at all you should become a Nihilist, but iin truth if you really see no purpose in living you should see a psychiatrist. I'm not trying to be funny here either, because I can tell you from long experience that the biggest and perhaps most dangerous sign of clinical depression is that you see no sense or purpose in living.

You can arrange to see a psychiatrist without first going to a family doctor. It's not a psychiatrists job to tell you why you should see purpose in living any more than it is mine, but he will diagnose your symptoms and prescribe any of a whole slew of depression medications that will at least ease your worst psychological pain while you sort out your life. If you need help sorting out your life, you could try a therapist. I suggest you go to the home page for Psychology Today where you can do a search for therapists by zip code. The list that you get back will give you a brief biography of the therapist and list their specialty: perhaps you need someone who specializes in talking to people eho have just gone through a divorce, or an abusive relationship, or the death of a loved one, or adolescent issues, ar any one of a couple of dozen specialties.

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What is the definition of a zen mom?

zen mom goes through her daily chores without an emotional stain. She is not temped by circumstances from within nor from outside. She doesn't waste her energy on gossips nor falsethoughts. She fits well into the environment and the environment fits well into her where ever she is at.

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How does meditation impact Buddhist lives?

Definitely meditation is quite effective in the Buddhist way of live. Doing meditation, they receive true peace and happiness. Meditation improves memory and concentration. Through meditation, people can easily disengage from the world and go into the realms of their spiritual self.

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How do you reach the deepest levels of meditation?

What shallower depth do you believe you are trapped in? Realize that most of the human problem is derived from those people who find satisfaction in having others believe they have achieved some greater merit.

A truly enlightened being will tell you there is no better place to go, or better ideas to know. Meditation is entirely about simply being there on the cushion, breathing... eventually one day to find youself... simply there.

Overcoming the illusion of deeper levels is part of pealing the onion.

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There is no easy way. What is required is relentless determination and practice. The key is to keep meditating. The process is simple. You are supposed to be focusing on your practice. What happens is that your mind will wander away. As soon as you notice that it has wandered, just bring it back to your focus point.

That's the essential structure of all meditation: notice that your mind is out of control and bring it back into control. Over and over and over again, with each breath that you take.

If you set as your goal to reach the deepest levels of meditation, it will never happen. Meditation is not about achieving anything; spiritual enlightenment is not something to be gained. Instead, meditation is about letting go of the task of achieving anything. If you are thinking about achieving a deeper state of meditation, you are just thinking and not meditating.

The idea is to practice letting go of incessant thinking (conceptualizing). When extraneous thoughts arise, just notice them, let them go, and return to your focus point.

That's all. Breath after breath. Hour after hour. Week after week. Year after year.

To become a buddha, let go of all thought of becoming a buddha.

true, the practice of meditation is releasing all thoughts and calming the mind, I certainly do reach different levels. As you sit in calm silence, focus on your breath, feeling the qi of heaven and earth. Now, always in control of your minds distractions, as well as always 'feeling' your breath, relax your face and head, and look through what is in front of your eyes. past the miriad of images, light, colors, geometery... and focus on pure emptyness. For myself, I usually 'see' a small speck of pure black (sometimes blue, green, red/orange) and 'pull' it towards myself. Now, this is where it takes the practice. The silghtest distraction, sound, thought can break that void, but if I get into it, it is of such a higher level than just relaxing meditation. read, all you can about Tao ti, thich nhat hahn, I ching, qi gong...just keep reading, :)

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If you are a Catholic can you also practice Buddhism?

Catholicism and BuddhismRoman Catholic is a religion. Both Catholicism and Buddhism are paths to Spirituality.

Catholics may not become Buddhist and remain Catholic. However, a Catholic may adopt some of the methods used by Buddhist to increase their own spirituality, such as meditation.

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What is a Zen Stick?

Kyosaku, Jp., lit. "wake-up stick" which is used on persons sitting in seated mediation (zazen). When they become drowsy, they are struck on the shoulders with the kyosaku. The stick is flat which makes a loud sound. It doesn't hurt and is, in fact, stimulating helping one to overcome fatigue.

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Why did Bodhidharma die and how?

There are no historical records on his life from India. The only info that we know about him comes from Chinese records. One document from the 6th century states that he died on the Luo River in 534 and was buried by this disciple Huike in the area. However, a scholar suggests that he might have been one of the many people who were killed by imperial forces in Henan province in 528. A later record from the 10th century states that he died at the age of 150 (an obvious embellishment) and was buried in Mt. Xiong. But he was seen 3 years later walking back to India. This spawned a legend that is still popular today.

The recent Tamil sci-fi film 7am Arivu (2011) provides a fictional story for his death. The film explains after teaching his martial arts to the Chinese people, Bodhidharma decides to go back to his own country of India. The Chinese do not want him to leave, so they serve him food mixed with poison. Bodhidharma discovers this and asks them why. They tell him that since he is a master of medicine, his body will keep China disease-free. Bodhidharma accepts this fate and willing eats the food. His body is buried in the village.

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What are some major criticisms of Buddhism?

I think we should not be looking for "major criticisms" of any religion, since to do so could be regarded as offensive to its adherents. Look for the truth about religions, and if that leads to something that appears critical, or favourable, so be it. Therefore, a major criticism that Buddhism shares equally with Christianity, Judaism and all other religions is that no religion can be objectively proven to be the Truth. Perhaps the best answer to this question is to quote from Zoroastrianism: Good thoughts, good words and good deeds.

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What do you do first in Buddhist meditation?

First and foremost is to be still, do deep breathing (from the belly) and try to quiet your mind. If any thought arises, just watch it progress without reacting. Meditation can be done in various ways. You don't have to twist your body like a pretzel. There are sitting Lotus or half-lotus. Sitting on a chair, walking, or lying down if you're invalid. or Meditation is the most important work toward enlightenment.

You can walk and meditate at the same time.

There are many ways to meditate.

It is part of "right concentration." Answer: Physical preparation comes first. Attend to your physical needs so you don't become thirsty or need to visit the washroom during the meditation. Chose a location where you will not be distracted by the scenery, noise, shifting lights. Do not chose a dark location which promotes torpor and sleep.

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Where does hand clapping originated?

The origin is not known given that its origin is not recorded anywhere in history. The closest theory that holds any clout is that early in the evolutionary process, clapping was a learned behavior that was used to call attention before the use of a language. One can see how it could grow from calling the attention of another to signal food or danger to signaling a pleasing act.

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Where did Buddhism originate?

Buddhism originated in India along the Gangi River in the 6th century BCE

(i.e approx 2,600 years ago).


Buddhism was started by Siddhartha Gautam(real name of gautam buddha).He was born in Nepal.So,it was started in Nepal.
Buddhism originated in Northern India, and it has its roots in Vedic religions. India Buddhism is originated from India.

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