- Zen began with the monk Bodhidharma (called Daruma in Japan) who traveled from India to China about 1,500 years ago.
- Zen might be the simplest and least complex variety of Buddhism, but that does not mean it is easy.
- 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.
- When you begin meditating by yourself, try 10 minutes each day. What matters is that you try.
- You will get better at it the more you practice. But probably … slowly.