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What is the difference between Buddhism and Zen?

Asked by E. Stanley, Last updated: Jun 10, 2020

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J. Rogers, Rosshazlewood, MA, Birmingham

Answered Dec 01, 2019

Buddhism originated from India. It was founded by Buddha (born Prince Siddhartha). It is the fourth largest and most practiced religion in the world.

Buddhism comprises of many traditions, spirituality, beliefs and meditations.

Buddhism is divided into 4 types. These include: Traditional Buddhism, Mahayana

Buddhism, Nikaya Buddhism and Vajrayana Buddhism.

Zen originated from China where it is referred to as Chan Buddhism. It is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism. Zen Buddhism found it’s way to Japan where it was termed Zen.

Zen focuses on meditation, self control and mindfulness. Zen is also highly influenced by Taoist.

In summary, Buddhism is one of the most practice religion in the world and Zen is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism which is a type of Buddhism.

 

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Answered Nov 20, 2019

Taoism largely influences zen. On the other hand, Zen may be believed as a Chinese form of Buddhism, which has certain variables of Buddhism, but fewer instances of teachings and theoretical concepts. Buddhism is based upon the lessons of Buddha, who has been celebrated as a teacher for his people.

His ideologies transcended the purpose of human life to achieve a state of nirvana and dispose of the endless series of birth and rebirth. Zen stresses the empirical prajna, which is primarily recognized as a form of meditation so that a person may obtain enlightenment.

It focuses more on direct firsthand realization through meditation, along with practicing dharma. Buddhism does not dominate the faith in a single creator God; however, they worship a lot of noncreator gods and refer to them as Buddhas. However, Zen does not believe in only one single God.

 

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