An Account on Zen Buddhism and Contemporary Western Society

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Zen or Japanese Buddhism is one of the quintessential eastern spiritually intertwined religions that changed the perspective on reality and ultimately life. One of the main historical thinkers responsible for the manifestation of Zen is Dogen Zenju. He established the importance of meditation, as the principle vehicle for mindfulness. Furthermore, Dogen established that, “the Buddhist practice is simply the meditational practice of realizing enlightenment”, or also referred to as zazen (Koller, 278). This practice provides an individual with the knowhow to release all aversion in the world, which leads to suffering. Dogen ‘s most famous work the Shobogenzo, was explained by his writings in the Genjo-Koan which aids in the uncovering of his main philosophical teachings of Zen. Zen Buddhism has lived through the time and today is prominent globally. The ideals that originated early in Japan through the teachings of Dogen would have great effect on the contemporary individual, because it provides a new philosophical lens through which to view the world’s processes. Through the storied history, unique philosophy, Zen Buddhism has established itself as a quintessential religion that has immensely valuable globally. The foundational roots of Zen Buddhism originated in China, where it was coined in the native tongue, Ch’an. Buddhist philosophy focuses Deriving from the ancient Japanese’s Shinto traditions, which aimed at fully synthesizing the, “spiritual and material”, Zen stresses that there is no aim intellectually (Koller). This ideal highlights the importance of the insignificance of study of the physical world. These original Buddhist ideals were established by, “the legendary Bodidharma”, who stressed the power and importance... ... middle of paper ... ...phy of Zen Buddhism is deeply concerned with the idea of unrealized reality. Which lays the groundwork for how he believes individuals can proceed in order to understand this misunderstood sense of existence. The Philosophy of Zen Buddhism provides a unique vehicle in which to see and comprehend life. Work Cited: Koller, John M. Asian Philosophies. Ed. Craig Campanella. Edition ed. Vol. Sixth. N.p.: Pearson, 2011. Print. "Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History." Zen Buddhism. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Apr. 2014. . Takagi, Dana Y. "Form and Emptiness: Globalization, Liberalism, and Buddhism in the West." Amerasia Journal 34.1 (2008): 1-29. Print. Whalen-Bridge, John. "Enlightenment (Zen Buddhist)." Theory, Culture & Society 23.2 (2006): 179-80. Print. "Zen Buddhism." Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th Edition (2013
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