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ZEN (Ch'an) FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Expert: Joe McSorley - 4/7/2009
Zen is Japanese for "meditation." People who practice Zen Buddhism believe all people can achieve enlightenment but are simply blind to the fact.
Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism [ note 1 ] that developed in China during the 6th century as Chán .
Zazen is a particular kind of meditation, unique to Zen, that functions centrally as the very heart of the practice.
Where to Begin? Buddhism can be confusing to begin with, especially if you come from a Christian, Islamitic or Jewish background. You may be unfamiliar with concepts such as karma, rebirth, 'emptiness' and the practice of meditation.
You've heard of Zen. You may have had moments of Zen.
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