Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism that originally developed in China during the 6th century, and eventually spread throughout East Asia. As it moved from country to country the style changed, adapting to local conditions. Today contemporary Zen continues to evolve in the West, adapting to the conditions of the modern world.
Zen, like all branches of Buddhism, emphasises insight into the interconnected nature of all things, and the personal expression of this insight in daily life.
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“We enter a discipline like Zen practice so that we can learn to live in a sane way.
Zen is almost 1,000 years old and the kinks have been worked out of it;
while it is not easy, it is not insane.
It is down to earth and very practical. It is about our daily life.
It is about working better in the office, raising our kids better,
and having better relationships.
Having a more sane and satisfying life
must come out of a sane, balanced practice.”
~ Joko Beck, “Everyday Zen”