6 thoughts on “What is the difference in Zen Buddhism and Buddhism?

  1. As far as I know Buddism represents a group of confused people.

    They claim there is no God and everything is made due to evolution. Att the same time they spend millions on building temples with solid gold, and people waste their entire lives chanting whatever in dead languages day in and day out.

  2. Zen is a subschool of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen focuses on clearing your mind of thought and allowing yourself to discover the answers to life’s questions without actively searching for them. Zen meditation practices are also somewhat different, while many schools of Buddhism encourage meditation with the eyes closed, Zen Buddhism meditates with the eyes open, allowing yourself to take in everything, you acknowledge it all, but do not think about it.

    There are also Theraveda Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism which are different from Mahayana. In Mahayana Buddhism, there is not as much importance allocated to studying actual Buddhist texts and stories, but allowing yourself to discover the truths of the universe.

    Vajrayana originated in Tibet.
    Mahayana originated in China and Japan.
    Theraveda is typically seen as the sect bearing the closest resemblance to the original beliefs of Siddhartha Guatama, the first Buddha, and originated in India.

    Hope that helps some, wikipedia is very helpful if you would like to learn more, or you can email me or something.

  3. In the section “Buddhist Qigong and Buddhism” of the Zhuan Falun Lecture on the web, you can find out a concise discussion about reform in Buddhism.

    In the section “Different Levels Have Different Laws” of the Lecture, you can find out a discussion about Zen Buddhism.

    Not relating to Buddhism, Falun Gong is a unique Buddhist Schools. Falun Gong is based upon the universal principles of Truthfulness, Compassion, and Tolerance. Falun Gong consists of five sets of powerful exercises.

    Falun Gong, Tibetans,other Buddhists, and Christians have been persecuted in China. The most offensive human right violation is the organ harvesting from the Falun Gong practitioners in China. Can you kindly sign a petition to stop persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in China, please ?
    http://cipfg.org/en/news/petition.html

  4. In Buddhism, we have five Yanas (Vehicles), most Buddhists don’t even know, lest those uneducated Christians (in Buddhism):

    A) The vehicle of Human- this is for those who want to come back as human and be a High Born (such as Kings, Queens and Richs and Wealthy.)
    B) The vehicle of Heavens- this is for those want to be born in various Heavens, one can also including the Christians’ Heaven.
    C) The Sravaka- this is for those wish to achieve Enlightenment, but they are only able to achieve limited Nirvana, due to small heart and mind.
    D) The vehicle of Pratyekabuddha- this is for those reached Enlightenment through 12 links of Dependent Originations.
    E) The Vehicle of Bodhisattvas- this is for those that seek perfection of the Buddhahood through practices of Six Prajna Paramitas (six Perfections).

    Since us, Buddhists only seek eternal solution to our sufferings that we despise the first two Yanas (because they only have limited lifetime) and concentrate on the last three, but for the most of us, the goal are the completion of the fifth and achieving the Buddhahood.

    To achieve the Elimination of Sufferings, we have three levels of practices, the Hinayana Buddhism is that teaching of C and D. The Mahayana Buddhism is the teaching of the E, and the Vajrayana Buddhism is learning of C, D and E.

    We Vajrayana practitioners practice like the Hinayana Practitioners, and once we have accomplish some abilities, then we practice the Mahayana activities, because we have become the uncorrectable Vajra, therefore we can accept the tests throw our ways and survived.

    Zen Buddhism is an expedient school of Mahayana School (it is further break down into 10 to 12 Sub-Sect), if you have the mindset and ability to clear your mind and using the Chan or Zen techniques (combination of Samantha and Vipassana techniques), you can achieve the understanding of your mind and achieve Enlightenment.

    Theravada School of Hinayana practices in some way is the similar practices, but they call it meditation and break it up in two section, the Shamanta and Vipassana and do it step by step. (Other schools of Hinayana Buddhism had disappeared and lost their lineages, and return the teachings back to the Dharmata.)

    In Pure-land Buddhism of Mahayana school emphasis of salvation through chanting of Amitabha Buddha’s name, and when achieve accomplishment will see Buddha always be with you till the day you died, and pick you up to go to Pure-land (not effected by time and have Infinite Life) to continued to practice.

    Mahayana Buddhism in China, there are also Vinaya, Hua Yen, Kosa or Abhidharma, Satyasiddhi, and Madhyamika. Vajrayana (Tien –Tai or Lotus, Shingon, Tibetan- for those who don’t understand- please do not say Tibetan Buddhism is influence by Bon- because both Tien-Tai, and Shingon are Vajrayana practices but never went to Tibet, yet the rituals are similar in practices. Some said Vajrayana are influence by Hinduism, for those who are educated and know the differences will never make a foolish statement like that also.)

    Vajrayana Buddhism in Tibet further breaks down into Nyingmapa, Kagyupa, Shakyapa, Gelugpa (Dai Lai Lama and Panchen Lama’s sect) and Joonangpa. They are further break down in various Sub-Sects Nyingmapa (Palyul, Dzochen …etc.), Kagyupa (karma, Drikung …) Shakya (three sub schools) etc…

    In Japan (there are the Ritsu, Kusha, Jojitsu, Hosso, Sanron, Tendai, Kegon, Shingon, (Hinayana) Ritsu, and Jodo; the addition being Zen.

  5. In Zen (or Chan) there are much less bells and whistles, therefore it is not as religionized.
    They are alike in their core fundamentals of mindful living.

  6. Zen buddhism was form much more later after gautama had passed away , and it was being passed down to mainland china to start spreading by Dharma ,Zen base on mind and clear thoughts, most buddhism base on fasting and prayers and other thing to get their goal

    other differences
    Zen have more free in systems while buddhism is strict and alot of things thats hard to work on morden days.

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