Five things I know about Zen

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I am only a student, but these are some things I know.

  1. Zen began with the monk Bodhidharma (called Daruma in Japan) who traveled from India to China about 1,500 years ago.
  2. Zen might be the simplest and least complex variety of Buddhism, but that does not mean it is easy.
  3. Some schools of Buddhism emphasize the study of special texts. Zen emphasizes sitting in meditation. That is — practice. Not reading. Zen texts caution us that reading and studying are good, but sitting is what really matters.
  4. When you begin meditating by yourself, try 10 minutes each day. What matters is that you try.
  5. You will get better at it the more you practice. But probably … slowly.

Breathe.

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