Zen Buddhism

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  • Created on: 07-01-14 16:52
When did zen buddhism originate?
6 CE
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What is the chinese version?
Ch'an
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What is the japanese version?
Zen
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How did it travel to China?
Through Abidharma introducing zen there
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Who is Abidharma?
A central figuire in zen buddhism
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What did he do?
Founded temples and introduced kung fu
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What is zen based on?
Understanding the meaning of life and discovering the truth.
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What to followers wish to achieve?
Direct experience of reality
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How can followers do this?
Zen Gardens or meditation
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Why is meditation important?
It's central as it allows the follow to understand and ponder on the meaning of life.
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What type of meditation is there?
Seating
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What is this also known as?
Zazen
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What is the key aspect of teachers and pupils?
Direct transmission of teachings from mind to mind- truth, rather than sciptures.
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What can teachers do to challenge their pupils?
Give them koans
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What are koans
Difficult metaphors which need to be decoded
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Give an example
What is the sound of one hand clapping
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What is an example that the buddha showed koans and mind transmission.
Flower Sermon
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What happened?
He held a flower up and a disciplie smiled and attained englightenment.
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What is a zen garden?
A garden culutvated as part of meditation
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What does this allow for?
Thoughts to develop on the meaning of life and pondering.
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What happens after the garden is cultivated?
It's destroyed to represent impermanence
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