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Zen Buddhism



Zen Buddhism originated in China from the Mahayana school of Buddhism and dates back to about 520 CE. It is widely practiced around the world and has had a recent surge in interest in the United States, particularly from the Japanese Zen tradition. It is essentially about the quest, through meditation and other forms of ritual and practice, for a state of being fully at peace with your thoughts as well as your place in the universe, which is seen as at once inconsequential and essential.

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A Day in the Life of a Zen Monk - EmptyMind Films

A trailer that shows the daily life of a zen monk in a large soto-zen monastery in Japan. Some parts of this clip are taken from our feature length film.

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Now Zen

Here is cut-to-the-chase Zen by the beloved, no-nonsense teacher whose Everyday Zen and Nothing Special have become underground classics, with more than 120,000 copies sold.

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Take Five

At the core of the Zen Buddhist tradition is a formal practice called zazen, which is the name for Zen meditation or sitting Zen.

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Zen Buddhism

An introduction to Zen, a form of Buddhism that emphasizes seeking one's own Buddha nature through meditation.

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Zen in the Art of Archery

A classic work on Eastern philosophy, Zen in the Art of Archery is a charming and deeply illuminating story of one man’s experience with Zen. Eugen Herrigel, a German professor of Philosophy in Tokyo, took up the study of archery as a step toward an understanding of Zen Buddhism.

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What is Zen Buddhism?

Zen is the Japanese name for a Buddhist tradition practiced by millions of people across the world. Historically, Zen practice originated in China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam, and later came to in the West.

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Alan Watts: The General Idea of Zen Buddhism

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Everyday Zen: Love and Work

Charlotte Joko Beck offers a warm, engaging, uniquely American approach to using Zen to deal with the problems of daily living—love, relationships, work, fear, ambition, and suffering. Everyday Zen shows us how to live each moment to the fullest.

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Instructions to the Cook

A Zen Master’s Lessons for Living a Life that Matters

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Zen: An Introduction

Zen is a form of Buddhism that developed in 7th and 8th century China, when Buddhism spread from India to China and interacted with the indigenous tradition of Taoism.

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Zen Meditation