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PostWed Sep 22, 2010 11:27 pm » by Freeyourmindnow


Zen is a school of Mahayana Buddhism. The Japanese word Zen is derived from the Chinese word Chán, which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word dhyana, which means “meditation” or “meditative state.”

Zen emphasizes experiential prajna in the attainment of enlightenment. As such, it de-emphasizes theoretical knowledge in favor of direct realization through meditation and dharma practice.

The teachings of Zen include various sources of Mahayana thought, including the Prajnaparamita literature and the teachings of the Yogacara and Tathagatagarbha schools.

The emergence of Zen as a distinct school of Buddhism was first documented in China in the 7th century CE. From China, Zen spread south to Vietnam, and east to Korea and Japan. As a matter of tradition, the establishment of Zen is credited to the South Indian prince-turned-monk Bodhidharma, who came to China to teach a “special transmission outside scriptures, not founded on words or letters”.


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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 12:07 am » by zinzana



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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 12:07 am » by Liveecarbme


Great POST!!! Thanks!

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 12:20 am » by Thesaint


Cats are amazing aren't they? I saw one yesterday jump over next doors fence and into the garden. It dug a hole, did a number 2 and then, to my amazement "filled the hole back in again" I have never seen anything like it. It was awesome!

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 12:48 am » by Chrisfryfyi


mint cat video, i wish my cat tennis was still here to see that bless him
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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 12:57 am » by zinzana


those are zen cats :D

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 1:00 am » by Freeyourmindnow


zinzana wrote:those are zen cats :D

cool, they are also in a meditative state :shock:

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 1:02 am » by Freeyourmindnow


chrisfryfyi wrote:mint cat video, i wish my cat tennis was still here to see that bless him
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rip tennis

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 1:23 am » by Thesaint


Cats are amazing aren't they? I saw one yesterday jump over next doors fence and into the garden. It dug a hole, did a number 2 and then, to my amazement "filled the hole back in again" I have never seen anything like it. It was awesome!


But that's normal, cats do that!!!!

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PostThu Sep 23, 2010 1:24 am » by Aragajag


thesaint wrote:
Cats are amazing aren't they? I saw one yesterday jump over next doors fence and into the garden. It dug a hole, did a number 2 and then, to my amazement "filled the hole back in again" I have never seen anything like it. It was awesome!


But that's normal, cats do that!!!!


Only now and zen.


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