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- Zen is experiential, beyond words, beyond logic/thought (e.g. koans which are puzzles intended to frustrate the logical, rational mind)
- Zen is focused on the hear and now, not the past or the future
Where and when did Zen begin
Began in India, spread to China by 520 CE, spread to Japan by 1200 CE where it currently is mostly
What is the symbol of enlightenment and what story attends it
Enso (a circle) is the story of enlightenment.
Story of Mahakasyapa's enlightenment from Buddha's raising one flower
What are the forms of enlightenment
Rinzai - characterized by Satori (sudden awakening/enlightenment) 1700 koans/puzzles
Soto - characterized by gradual awakening/enlightenment zazen/seated meditation
What is the name of a Zen teacher
What are the black ink paintings that are used in Zen
What poetry is used in Zen
haiku 17 syllable (5-7-5) poetry