ZEN Zen is a sect of Buddhism?very small one Known well in the west because Martial arts films Popularized by some special priests Americans expect it Also due to the 3 properties of Zen mentioned below ( Americans can relate to it) Zen emphasizes Doing simple everyday things in a spiritual way Zen is sort of without doctrine Zen stressed personal experience Two main strains of Zen Meditation (Sooto) school?practice sitting posture and meditation Shock (Rinzai) school?emphazies enlightenment by sudden Ah-ha! Experience: striking, shouting, kooan puzzles to mess with your mind Some Kooan examples What is the sound of one hand clapping?? The light has gone out, where did it go?? The last sentence and the first sentence are not the same sentence! How about that? How many hairs do I have in my nose? How old is Amida Buddha Both these techniques?meditation and shock value?are designed to get you to reach SATORI (?understanding?) of the one-ness of the universe and the arbitrariness of out categories Shinto the other main religion in Japan Shinto has Shrines?emphasize purity and nature Toori gates?Shinto signs; they divide sacred spaces from non-sacred space Shinto and Buddhism co-exist without contraction
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